StrathSpan Bio

StrathSpan creates a musical tapestry of the rich tones of cello interwoven with the lyrical voice of the violin. The sound of StrathSpan starts with traditional Scottish pipe and fiddle tunes, layering innovative harmonies and rhythms. The repertoire ranges from elegant marches and strathspeys to driving reels, from lively jigs to soulful airs, with occasional forays into Irish, Scandinavian, and Breton traditions. The resulting music evokes the timeless sensations of heartbeat and laughter, waves and sea creatures, joyous dance and ancient ceremony.

StrathSpan is Julia Weatherford and her cello at the eastern end of the Swannanoa Valley in North Carolina, and Nora Garver and her fiddle in Asheville at the western end of the Swannanoa Valley. "Strath" means valley in Scots Gaelic.  Thus, they span the valley. Julia and Nora brought together years of astonishingly varied musical experience when they formed their duo in 2015.  Past performances include the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the Swannanoa Gathering, the Biltmore Estate, Whitehorse at Black Mountain and Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center.   To find out more information and listen to samples of their music please go to their website at

StrathSpan Jpg's

StrathSpan performing at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 2018

StrathSpan performing at the Swannanoa Gathering Staff Concert 2018

StrathSpan in the Kanouga Chapel 2022

StrathSpan performing in the Biltmore House for Candlelight Christmas 2019