KILCREGGAN musician, composer and music teacher Pippa Reid-Foster launched her first album of clarsach music to an enthusiastic audience in Helensburgh.

Driftwood Harp is a collection of pieces composed by Pippa and celebrating the folklore, myths and history of Argyll.

It has already been described by one reviewer as “a combination of harps and soul”.

Pippa, who teaches harp both privately and with the traditional music group and harp ensemble at Lomond School, where she is also a house tutor, is a well-known figure playing at major events and private celebrations throughout the West of Scotland and beyond.

Driftwood Harp, which has been widely played on radio and has received glowing reviews, was officially launched at an evening reception in Riverhill Courtyard, Helensburgh to a packed audience, who heard Pippa play a selection from the album and then queued to buy their signed copies.

She said: "I am really delighted with the response to the CD and the launch evening was great fun once I got over the nerves!

"Many old friends were there and the atmosphere in the Riverhill was wonderful. It is such a lovely space.”

Pippa, who also plays violin, piano, whistle and cello, but is devoted to the clarsach, began her life as a harpist when she was a pupil at Lomond School, and and fell in love with the creativeness the clarsach offered.

Pippa comes from a very talented family: her mother Helen is also a music teacher, and now runs a jewellery business, also called Driftwood Harp, while her father Nigel is a well-known artist.

Brother Mark, meanwhile, runs Submarine, a graphic design business in Glasgow which designed the album sleeve.

Mark's wife Mandy added to the excitement of the week for the Reid-Foster family, giving birth their first son Rowan just after the launch event - but she, too, played a part in the CD with her drawing of Pippa featuring on the cover.

Coming from such an artistic and creative family, it was no surprise when Pippa went to university to study textile and design, but at the end of her third year she began to waver, and after getting her degree, she went on to do a Masters in traditional music, with a focus on composition.

During her Masters, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Pippa based her final composition project on the history, folklore and song of Scotland’s Argyll region, and created the much-acclaimed Argyll Suite.

That piece of work led her on to the composition of the body of work now featuring on Driftwood Harp, copies of which can be purchased at Shoofty in James Street.

She has taken part in many traditional music tours and various music competitions, and has played live on BBC Scotland’s Celtic Connections.

She was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 BBC Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the year competition.