Chloe Matharu is a singer songwriter and harpist originally from Pembrokeshire, now based on the West Coast of Scotland, that performs Celtic music. Many of her songs draw on her time as a Navigational Officer in the Merchant Navy, inspired by the natural world experienced at sea.
Her music offers “an intriguing insight into a new tradition of maritime folk music with thoughtful song writing embellished by her voice and superb harp playing” – The Herald.
Of mixed Indian, Welsh and Scottish heritage, and crossing boundaries in her career at sea, Chloe is keen to explore breaking down cultural and gender barriers through the language of music. She performs live in Scots, Welsh and English.
First appearing at Open mics in Pembrokeshire with her harp, following lockdown she has enjoyed playing an impressive line up of venues such as Celtic Connections, Glad Cafe Glasgow, Green Note in London, Fringe by the Sea, Edinburgh Fringe, Fishguard Folk Festival, Unearthed Festival, Growing Wild, Cwtch Café and Hartlepool Folk Festival to name a few and has just completed her first solo UK tour.
Her award winning debut album, Small Voyages, was released in October 2022 and was selected for Celtic Music Radio’s Album of the Year and was included in the top 20 of the World Music Charts Europe. At Celtic Connections she was awarded the revered Danny in February 2023 and will return in 2024.
“A beautiful dynamic movement that carries the listener along.” – Folk Radio UK