Jennifer Port is originally from Golspie, a Scottish village in the northern county of Sutherland. There she attended school taking her first steps as a musician. Her interest in music was encouraged by a number of people, including her Primary 6 class teacher, Graham McCarthy. Graham first introduced Jennifer to the clarsach, sparking an interest that has endured throughout her life.
Playing a variety of instruments, including bass recorder, Jennifer performed in an early music consort called The Cattach Consort. Under the leadership on John & Ruth Whittaker, instructors at Golspie High School
, the consort played in variety of venues including the Scots Kirk in Paris.
In addition to specialising in clarsach, Jennifer plays oboe and was the principal oboist in Highland Regional Youth Orchestra from 1995 until1999, conducted by Nigel Boddice and Susan Dingle. During this time, Jennifer also played Cor Anglais in HRYO as required.
Upon completing her school education, Jennifer studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama where she gained a BA (honours) degree in Scottish Music. Brian McNeill, Jennifer’s course director at the Academy, invited Jennifer to perform with him at the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival and on a tour in Denmark and Germany. Jennifer’s main focus at the RSAMD was clarsach, singing and composition, while gaining valuable teaching and recording studio skills.
During her career Jennifer has won many awards and accolades, most notably the Danny Kyle award at the world famous Celtic Connections Festival and in the same year was a finalist in the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. In 2004 Jennifer was asked to compose a one hour piece for the New Voices series at Celtic Connections festival. Her composition – entitled Silver Lining – performed by Karine Polwart, James Mackintosh, Kevin Henderson, James Ross and Christine Hanson.
Jennifer is now a full time professional musician, performing throughout Scotland, the UK and abroad.