Màiri Anna NicUalraig - Mary Ann Kennedy
Gàidheal Ghlaschu, thogadh Màiri Anna air a cuartachadh le ceòl, an deis meadhan coimhearsnachd na Gàidhealtachd sa bhaile mhòr. Ach, ann an da-rìreabh, bha dachannan eile ann cuideachd – an t-Eilean Sgiathanach, dachaigh a màthar, Ceana, agus a teaghlach-sa, Caimbeulaich a’ Ghnìoba, agus Eilean Thiriodh, far an do thogadh a h-athair, Alasdair MacUalraig. Tha i air a beatha a chur seachad ag obair le daoine - stiùireadh, piobrachadh, buachailleachd, oir is an deis mheadhan gnothaich as toilichte i. Ach tha i air ceum ùr a ghabhail a-nise, a' dèanamh air an ard-ùrlar gu h-aona-ghuthach, ged a tha fhathast a-measg nan cairdean ciùil as dluithe dhith, leithid Finlay Wells is Anna Massie air giotàr, Lorne MacDhùghaill air an fhìdeig agus Euan Burton air an dòrd.
Urban Gael living in the Scottish Highlands, Mary Ann's whole life has been music. Brought up in a tenement flat full of Gaelic song and classical music on the multi-cultural southside of Glasgow, she is now a musician, singer, broadcaster, conductor, composer and producer, working from Watercolour Music in Ardgour with her husband, producer and engineer Nick Turner. After more years of working with and encouraging others than she cares to mention, Mary Ann has stepped out solo - hard to believe that the album 'An Dàn' is her solo debut. "An absolute winner... An Dàn is a moving, beautiful work of art; I shall listen to Mary Ann's voice constantly and never, ever grow tired of it." (Mick Tems, Folk Wales Online - *****)
Fios - Background
Mary Ann's musical career in its many incarnations has been recognised with major awards, including the Concours Internationale de l'Harpe Celtique at the Lorient Festival Interceltique, the international Celtic Media Festival's Radio Presenter of the Year, and the coveted double gold at Gaeldom's premier festival, the National Mòd. Her first band, Cliar, won the all-time Best Album accolade at the inaugural Scots Trad Music Awards, and earned her a Saltire Award, With her tradition-bearer family, the Campbells of Greepe, the major biography and album project 'Fonn' won the Arts and Culture award at the first National Gaelic Awards.
Working with her husband and musical partner, Nick Turner, she has received many musical commissions, including 'Beul na h-Oidhche gu Camhanaich' (Dusk to Dawn) for Blas Festival, 'Aiseag' (The Ferryboat) for PRSforMusic Foundation's 1st New Music Biennial, 'Dubh Shneachd' for the International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences and Associate Artist for Aberdeen Music Hall. The commissions continue in 2018 with Scottish Natural Heritage and An Comunn Gàidhealach sponsoring a new work marking the National Mòd in Dunoon.
Her broadcast credits include BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and presentation and performance on BBC Scotland, BBC2, TG4 and BBC4, fronting major series and specials on world and traditional Scottish and Irish music. Her radio series, 'Sruth na Maoile', is the longest-running co-production in Gaelic radio.
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The debut solo album on ARC Music - a unique collection of original Gaelic songs by Mary Ann and some of Scotland's finest Gaelic poets and lyricists. "A richly ambitious widescreen celebration of the language, culture and its global diaspora" (The Morning Star). Read more
A Gaelic celebration of the night skies, with original music by Mary Ann, traditional song, Sinatra and rocket-building - commissioned by the Highlands' Blas Festival. Read more
Associate Artist in partnership with Nick Turner for 'Stepping Out', part of the major refurbishment of Aberdeen's glorious Music Hall. Read more
Two generations of Mary Ann's tradition-bearer family pay tribute to their roots through two albums produced by multi Grammy-winner Jerry Boys. Accompanied by a major hardback biography and music collection. Read more
A Commonwealth Games/ New Music Biennial celebration of human connection, symbolised by the ferryboat that connects Mary Ann's community to the rest of the mainland Highlands. Read more
Mary Ann was absolutely delighted to be invited to take part in Bath Festival's New Meetings series. She took the opportunity to create some fabulous new sounds with fellow urban Gael and BBC Radio 2 instrumentalist 2017 Rachel Newton and Watercolour's NickTurner.
A copy of Mary Ann's address to the one day symposium to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the purchase of Canna by John Lorne Campbell and Margaret Fay Shaw in 1938.
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