9 December 2020 – A Virtual Event

The Charlbury Art Society : An Evening with Elena Piras // 7.30pm

Places are limited for this Zoom event. If you would like to receive a link please email charlburyarts@outlook.com Registration will close at noon on Tuesday 8th December. Non members of Charlbury Art Society are invited to make a voluntary donation of £5 to help defray our expenses. Details will be provided with the link.


Elena Piras will talk about her life and play some of the music she has written as well as other work she finds inspiring

Elena is an award-winning solo artist specialising in traditional Gaelic and Scots folk music. She has performed live extensively, including at the Opera North Twilight Season in Leeds in 2015 and the Box Full of Treasures festival in Italy in 2013, which was also the year she released her debut album ‘Journey’ to critical acclaim. In more recent years, she has continued to make music despite near-death experiences (plural), multiple sensory loss, chronic pain and the inevitable highs and lows that go along with trying to make a success of a creative life in troubled times. Happily, she is now well on the way to completing her second studio album ‘Where the Wind Blows’ and is still an in-demand name on the live folk circuit. Some of this new material has already enjoyed radio play on the BBC Introducing in Oxford show. Elena cites Charlbury’s incredible community as her foremost reason for settling here. The varied connections and support she has received – both in and out of music – have proven invaluable to her and she looks forward to making a few more after her talk and performance!

Anna Gillespie will read from her new collection of poems and show the illustrations that accompany them.

Anna’s book, called ‘Breathe’, contains poetry and visual art made during the lockdown. Anna is a glass artist, based in Charlbury. She works in stained and fused glass. As part of her practice she draws, paints and prints. Anna says “Poetry is a new form of expression for me and I’m excited that it has opened up at this point of my life. Creating visual art to complement the poems has been an absorbing challenge for Lockdown 1 and the poetry writing continues in Lockdown 2, alongside working on my stained glass commissions for houses in Charlbury.”




During lockdown, I am holding roughly fortnightly live streamed shows on my YouTube Channel lasting approximately 30 minutes each. They usually occur every other Thursday evening from 7pm to 7.30pm. I call these shows ‘The Squirrel Sessions‘ in honour of my 2 furry squirrel toy mascots that join me for every session and remind me that joy can always be found in the smallest things. An important thing to remember in these times.

I put the upcoming shows on my YouTube channel in advance and announce them here as well as on my homepage. If you have a Google account. you can also set a reminder for each show. Please also subscribe to my channel to make it easier to find me in future.


During lockdown, I held fortnightly live streamed shows on  YouTube. I called these shows ‘The Squirrel Sessions‘.


PosterOn Saturday 24th March 2018, Elena will performed at St John’s Church in Canton, Cardiff.

With supporting songs from Cardiff Canton Singers led by Laura Bradshaw.

This was a charity night in aid of Care & Repair Cymru – Improving homes, Changing lives.


Elena performed at the BING ANEE Inter-Cultural Arts Festival, a vibrant inter-cultural arts festival in celebration of diversity which will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August 2019 in the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

On Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August Elena will ran a singing workshop with Thomas McCarthy (Irish Traveller and Ireland’s Singer of the Year 2018).

Sunday 18th August Elena performed alongside Thomas McCarthy.


The Apothecary Wednesday 6th December

Milgi Restaurant in Cardiff, on Tuesday 15th August, alongsideMilgi logo and image storyteller, Amanda Rackstraw.

Free entry (contributions in the hat).


Milgi is a vegitarian restaurant and bar at 213 City Road Cardiff CF24 3JD.

Chapel 1887 Bar & Restaurant on Churchill Way in Cardiff on Sunday 13th November, as part of their Sunday Sounds live music series.

BSR103.4FMOn Monday 31st October Elena sang live on the Jelli Records Music Show on Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR 103.4FM), a community radio station based in Bristol which broadcasts to Bristol and the surrounding area.


Listen to the show (Elena’s part starts at 20 mins) broadcasts to Bristol and the surrounding area.

Chapel 1887 Bar & Restaurant on Churchill Way in Cardiff on Sunday 28th August from 4pm, as part of their Sunday Sounds live music series.

On Saturday 30th January. Elena will be performed at the Woodlands Centre in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

The concert was to raise funds for the Mòd nan Eilean Siar 2016.


Holocaust Memorial Day Event at An Lanntair Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis

Wednesday January 27

This event was organised by the Western Isles Diversity and Equality Steering Group, and will be an evening of challenging and diverse live music and experiences taking you on a journey from darkness to light.