Performer. Collaborator. Composer.
Born in eastern Pennsylvania with roots tracing back to northern Scotland, Liv Castor is a musician whose playing marries ancient and new traditions. Steeped from a young age in the sounds of the British folk and early music revivals of the last century, Liv first found her way into both of these genres through singing, a skill that has informed how she takes them to the harp.
After many years of classical pedal harp study, Liv was drawn back to the lever harp (clàrsach) and her first loves of early and traditional music whilst pursuing a degree in harp performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Surrounded by world-class musicians of all different genres, Liv honed her improvisational and ensemble skills to become the in-demand collaborator and soloist that she is now. As an active tradition bearer, she seeks to keep some of the rarest tunes and songs alive, and as a composer, she strives to bring the essences of the traditions she loves into more contemporary pieces. She holds an ever-growing catalogue of knowledge and expertise, and an enthusiasm for innovation and experimentation.