Traditional musicians, like all other musicians, are prone to injuries relating to their performance practice, habits and environments. SafeTRAD was set up to encourage traditional musicians to become more aware of their playing habits and to develop strategies for preventing injuries occurring, where possible.

As part of the Safe Trad project we have spoken to some of the leading figures in the traditional music community about what they do to keep themselves physically well in order to play, perform, teach and tour without injury. Liz Carroll (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar/vocals), Gay McKeon (uilleann pipes) and Janet Harbison (harp) each comment on their own experience in relation to the traditional music environment, awareness around injury, posture, and self-care. Click on their image to follow their stories.


Liz Carroll-photo Marianne Mangan


Janet Harbison


Gay McKeon


John Doyle
photo keith wright