Autumn News 2020

New Video from Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin& Ultan O'Brien


Samhain - All Hallows' Eve News from Watercolour Music

“Music’s not about perfection – it’s about getting through the hard times and celebrating the good.” Janis Ian

Beò fhathast an seo ann an Àird Ghobhair. Still here and still writing, recording, creating, looking forward. It’s getting harder, it’s getting scarier for so many of us in this altered world, but I hope some of what we can share with you this month will bring you some joy or at the very least diversion!

There’s some information on some of the projects we’re involved in right now, and also some free stuff to watch and listen to online – some of the songs finding their very first outing. If you’re enjoying these, please consider placing an order for some of our albums and books. And as ever, with every hard-copy order through our shop, we’ll send you a bonus album of our choice as a thank-you. Remember you can also purchase download albums through us too, ensuring that the money goes direct to the artist.

Bithibh slàn, falain, sàbhailte,
Le meas
Mary Ann & Nick @ Watercolour Music

New Releases from Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin& Ultan O'Brien

The human voice and the fiddle are often thought of as musical cousins. ‘Solas an Lae’ (The Light of the Day) is the début album from Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien, a compelling exploration of that relationship, creating a unique dialogue that blends raw, rugged earth with the ethereal otherworld. In ‘Solas an Lae’, bouncing songs and strings off one another, Eoghan and Ultan have created a duo album that emerges viscerally from the sean-nós roots of upbringing to blossom into two of the most articulate Irish musical voices on the scene today.

Dublin-based with Clare and Connemara connections, Eoghan and Ultan have been playing together for many years in bands including Skippers Alley. Their involvement with Manx singer Ruth Keggin and with the international Gaelic project ‘Aon Teanga (One Tongue)’ took them to Highland Scotland, where they first recorded at Watercolour Music in Lochaber. “It’s hard to imagine recording anywhere else,” says Eoghan. ‘Solas an Lae’ is produced by Watercolour Music’s Nick Turner who also worked with the Irish duo on ‘Aon Teanga’.


‘Solas an Lae’ takes its title from once of the tracks, ‘Mo Mhúirnín’, a starkly beautiful rendition of 19th century poet Padraic Colm’s poem ‘The Beggar’s Child’.

“Mo mhúirnín, we’ll go far away

from the net of the crooked town

where they grudge us the light of the day.”


The first single from the album is ‘Cúirt Bhaile Nua’, a classic song of love and heartbreak from Mayo. The track is accompanied by a nightime video, filmed outside at Watercolour Music’s studios, which is situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe within sight of Ben Nevis. Nick also produced the eerily elemental video which features the duo singing and playing in firelight, and an almost sacrificial scene of a harmonium up in flames. Instruments may have been harmed in the making of this film.

Cúirt Bhaile Nua’ (WCMCD074) is released on Watercolour Music on October 29th 2020.

Solas an Lae’ (WCMCD075) is released on Watercolour Music on November 5th 2020.


Marcas Mac Releases Début Single Fichead ‘s a h-Ochd


Marcas Mac Releases Début Single, As Part Of National Theatre Of Scotland 1980s Commission

Marcas Mac is set to blast onto the commerical scene as a solo artist, bringing the Gaelic language to the pop music landscape whilst challenging listeners to consider just what Gaelic music is, or could be, in the first place. The song – Fichead ’s a h-Ochd – was commissioned by National Library of Scotland, for theirRevisit the Gaelic 1980s series, placing the song firmly within current retro trends, with the synth-heavy sounds of the decade showcasing Marcas’ signature smokey vocal. With lyrics by Marcas the Gaelic banger was co-written and produced by Lochaber-based music supremo Nick Turner and recorded at Watercolour Music during lockdown, observing strict social distancing guidelines. The doyenne of Gaelic song Mary Ann Kennedy provides backing-vocals, rounding out the creative trio.
Situated within a larger multi-artform project, Fichead ‘s a h-Ochd is the flagship offering from Marcas’ groundbreaking COR project, which the commission spawned. The lyrics are inspired by never-before-heard testimony, gathered from sources including Kenna Campbell OBE, Mary Ann Kennedy, The Scottish Book Trust’s Rosemary Ward and Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Jim Whannel, who related experiences of being part of Scotland’s then Civil Rights movements - one seeking to establish Gaelic-medium Education and the other to remove Section 28. The numerical title of the track – fichead ’s a h-Ochd is twenty-eight in Gaelic – references the latter, but whilst the retro-yet-contemporary vibe of the track shirks the ‘trad’ moniker, it remains part of a wider-Gaelic song tradition.

“If one song ever summed up the fate of Gaelic within the education system it is, without doubt, Runrig’s ‘Fichead Bliadhna’, says Marcas, referencing the 1979 hit from their Highland Connection album. “Fichead ’s a h-Ochd picks up that narrative, but instead of recounting the experience of a curriculum devoid of Gaelic, here we find outselves a few years down the line as dawn breaks on the newly-established Gaelic-medium education in Glasgow and Inverness.” So, the song fills a void in the folkore, with many young Gaelic singers now having benefitted from the opportunities those campaigners sought to endow them with. As the key-change shifts, the young man at the centre of the song’s story looks back on his first day at school, now aged twenty-eight, considering how far Scotland has come in terms of Gaelic and LGBTQ equality.

The song is housed on a brand-new digital platform, which includes testimony, literary references and film and television clips of the era, alongside brand new poetic works by Marcas, some of which he has brought to life through film. “Some of the filmpoems evoke the 1980s and use found footage to illustrate them,” he explains. “Others are more reflective of these contributions to Scottish public life in recognising their legacy, that which we benefit from in contemporary Scotland.”
“The COR project is of a very high calibre,” says Graeme Hawley of the NLS, who selected Marcas for the commission. “I love the look and feel – Marcas has absolutely nailed the aesthetics. I think it will be of huge interest to Gaelic speakers.” The song will receive its first play on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s Feasgar on its 28th October commerical release date and will be released to radio after that initial spin. The date linking to the title is auspicious, without doubt, with Marcas, like his father, born on the 28th of his birth-month and brought up in a house with that number.


Gaeldom’s premier festival is taking place online this year, and Mary Ann and Nick have been really busy with various aspects of the Mòd. Mary Ann performed with her duo partner Finlay Wells at the Official Opening of the festival, with a command performance from Ardgour Village Hall, complete with absent adjudicators! Mary Ann and Finlay performed two new songs written in lockdown, including a song written as a minding of Peigi Aonghais, auntie to BBC producer Angela MacKinnon who is always such a big part of the Mòd coverage behind the scenes and on mic. More about the other song to come below! Mary Ann also acted as virtual adjudicator, judging video entries for this year’s competitions and recording the adjudications from the studio. It’s not the same as the real thing, but it did allow some wonderful new singers to participate from abroad, and there were no irate parents or competitors to take issue with the marks!


Also featuring through Mòd week is a special preview of a unique lockdown project that Nick and Mary Ann have been working on since the beginning of the pandemic. Highland Whispers is a gathering of five artists, exploring the five senses in five chain reactions – a kind of game of isolation Consequences. The Whispers is an idea that’s been bubbling under for a long time, waiting for the right moment, and lockdown seemed to be it. Joined (virtually) by co-curator Toria Caine, painter Anna Raven, poet Pádraig Ó Tuama and photographer Alex Boyd, the group have created 25 works for an exhibition to be launched online at the end of November. Never having met, and yet exploring such intimate aspects of being human, the project has produced some profoundly moving and beautiful works, communications and ‘workings in the margins’. You can watch ‘Cagar’, a series of five short films made especially for the Royal National Mòd throughout Mòd week at 1pm daily, and then archived on their Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Another exciting lockdown project to be a part of led to a new virtual friendship with a singer-songwriter hero, Janis Ian. A new, but defiantly optimistic, song went out from a tiny Florida island with an invitation from Janis for musicians and singers around the world to record their own versions. One degree of separation – Edinburgh guitarist Ian Young, once of Gaelic folk group Na h-Eilthirich, knew Janis and contacted Mary Ann with a view to recording a Gaelic version. This was really the first music that Mary Ann had felt like making since the lockdown, and it marked a real turning point for her. The project now has its own website where you can find Mary Ann’s and over a hundred other versions. This was also the second new song that Mary Ann performed at the opening of the Mòd, looking ahead to a time ‘gun tig là nas fheàrr’.

Working with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Watercolour Music have launched ‘Bothan nan Òran’, an online mentoring programme for young Gaelic songwriters. Starting up after the October holidays, Mary Ann will be joined by two exciting young composers and writers – Robbie MacLeòid and James Hind – to work with young (and not so young) musicians in a creative and supportive environment as the develop their songwriting skills. With encouragement online from other writers such as Calum ‘Runrig’ MacDonald and Rachel Walker, the Bothan could be the place to produce the next great Gaelic hit! Sign-ups and more information can be found via Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Check out some of the music and other creative stuff we made over the past few weeks!

Fraser Shaw Remixed 
Mary Ann was commissioned by the Fraser Shaw Memorial Trust as part of a team of Scottish musicians and singers celebrating the life and music of the young Glasgow-Islay musician, Fraser Shaw, who passed away in 2015. The Fraser Shaw Remix Grants have enabled ten musicians to create new arrangements and settings of Fraser’s music, previously showcased in the Trust’s lovingly-produced album, ‘Mac Ìle’. Listen to her new song, ‘Monmhar’, and find out more about the trust and about Fraser

Tional Gaelic Festival
Hands Up for Trad organised their first ever all-Gaelic festival in September, hosted by Joy Dunlop. Mary Ann and Finlay Wells performed a set in the Watercolour Byre on the Friday evening – prizes for anyone who spots the extra performer near the beginning!

The Patter Merchant EP - Autumn Release from Damaged Goodz

WCMCD074 EP Release

The world is a pretty shitty place right now so DAMAGED GOODZ has decided to drop a new EP to cheer everybody up. "The Patter Merchant" follows hot on the heels of "From Darkness To Light" and is the 2nd EP of a scheduled 4 to drop in 2020.Produced by his DJ and long-time friend ZEENY, the aim is to make your head nod and piss your pants laughing at the same time, it’s worth a try. The beats go from mid 90s classic Boom Bap to Funk To Horrorcore to the ridiculous on THIRD DEGREE BURNS NIGHT (Where BeeJay has a semi-fictional Rap Battle with the beautiful legendary presenter Jackie Bird). 

The Patter Merchant
Revenge Of The Funkmaster
Art Of The Devil
New Year / New Me (I Smell Shite)
Nod To The 90s
Third Degree Burns Night

DAMAGED GOODZ is one of HIP HOP in Scotland's most successful artists spanning 25+ years with an
arsenal of critically acclaimed releases. In his time, he has opened shows for 50 CENT / XZIBIT / THE

Damaged Goodz has played legendary venues like / SECC (2 Nights) / BARROWLANDS (3 Nights) / 02
ACADEMY (3 nights) / O2 ABC (2 nights / GLASGOW GARAGE / KING TUTS (10 times) / BRIXTON
Damaged Goodz has performed live sessions on BBC / XFM / SUNNY GOVAN / BEAT 106 with a
multitude of radio plays under his belt. He has also run a successful club night for 2 years in
INVERNESS called CHURCH STREET HIP HOP NIGHT where he hosted all the best HIP HOP artists in
the country. 

Summer News 2020

Chan Eil Mo Leannan Ann An-Seo

A socially and geographically distanced twist on an old Gaelic cèilidh favourite. With Calum Martin, Mary Ann Kennedy, Cristin MacKenzie and Ruairidh Graham, recorded especially for BBC Radio nan Gàidheal’s long-running morning magazine show, Prògram Choinnich on August 12th 2020. Recorded at Watercolour Music, Lochaber, at Leum Music, Isle of Lewis and at home studios in Lewis and Leith.



For the Inglorious Twelfth - for which these beautiful creatures are culled, and still awaiting Royal Assent to legislation that will protect them.

My fascination with hares goes back to long machair summer nights on Tiree. I wanted to make a connection with one of my childhood totems of nature, while writing about the West Highlands that I now consider home. The sleeping giant of the whaleback ridge became the foundation as I walked the Ardgour hills, seeing but not able to reach Creag Meagaidh in lockdown. The brown hare’s mountain cousin became the song-teller.

With eyes accustomed to sun and moonlight, the hare ranges out unthreatened over the reserve, sometimes bounding and jinking for the pure joy of living, sometimes as still as the ‘caochan’, the hidden streams that make their way unseen through moorland undergrowth.

The song plays with the fluidity of dual-meanings and dual-languages while the sound of the ‘saoghal balbh’ is a quiet nod to a Uist song, Angus MacMillan’s ‘Deàrrsadh Gealaich air Loch Hòstadh’, recorded beautifully for the BBC by my mam, Kenna.


From Darkness to Light EP - Latest Release from Damaged Goodz

WCMCD073 Single Release

Featuring MARY ANN KENNEDY with Beats by NITY GRITZ, Cuts by DJ ZEENY
Release Date 8th August on all platforms

"In The Presence Of Greatness” is the new single from the EP "From Darkness To Light" from Hip Hop stalwart DAMAGED GOODZ. The Beats are provided by long-time friend and collaborator NITY GRITZ who brings an uplifting belter to the table, the song features the spine-chilling vocals of the phenomenal MARY ANN KENNEDY. All cuts are by DJ ZEENY. The song is dedicated to his Great nephew Dylan who helped bring happiness into the world.

DAMAGED GOODZ is one of HIP HOP in Scotland's most successful artists spanning 25+ years with an arsenal of critically acclaimed releases. In his time, he has opened shows for 50 CENT / XZIBIT / THE GAME / BUSTA RHYMES / LLOYD BANKS / THE STREETS / BLACK EYED PEAS / SUGARHILL GANG / GRANDMASTER FLASH and TASK FORCE.

Damaged Goodz has played legendary venues like / SECC (2 Nights) / BARROWLANDS (3 Nights) / 02 ACADEMY (3 nights) / O2 ABC (2 nights / GLASGOW GARAGE / KING TUTS (10 times) / BRIXTON ACADEMY & ALEXANDRA PALACE as part of THE STREETS tour as a Battle MC for JUMP OFF. 

Damaged Goodz has performed live sessions on BBC / XFM / SUNNY GOVAN / BEAT 106 with a multitude of radio plays under his belt. He has also ran a successful club night for 2 years in INVERNESS called CHURCH STREET HIP HOP NIGHT where he hosted all the best HIP HOP artists in the country.

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered By Nick Turner


All Will Be Well at this year's Solas Festival

Michael Marra's 'All Will be Well' by Solas Festival's Big Sing Choir

This session will be broadcast for free as part of Makeshift Solas Festival 2020. A hugely exciting collaboration between singers from the Glasgow and Greater Clyde NHS Trust Community Choir, guest musicians and YOU! Tune in on Saturday to see the live broadcast premiere of Solas’ biggest and most exciting collaboration - or even better, get involved beforehand by recording yourself to add to the choir. Featuring... Glasgow and Greater Clyde NHS Trust Community Choir Karine Polwart Raghu Dixit Sam Lee Dave Hook Sorren Maclean Hannah Fisher Ankna Arockiam Mischa Macpherson Finlay Wells Lies Damned Lies Mary Ann Kennedy


Sruth na Maoile wins big at the 2020 Celtic Media Festival Awards

Mary Ann’s international radio collaboration, ‘Sruth na Maoile’ is celebrating major success at the end of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The international Celtic Media Awards – held online from Glasgow this year – recognised the show as ‘Radio Music Programme of the Year’. Mary Ann has worked alongside co-presenter Seán Ó hÉanaigh for twenty-five years sharing the Gaelic languages and music of Ireland and Scotland on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and they marked the big anniversary with a live gala concert in Ennis Co. Clare, simulcast on both stations. The international jury praised ‘Sruth na Maoile’ (the Gaelic name for the stretch of water between Scotland and Ireland) and its presenters for their empathy with and knowledge of the music and musicians. Mary Ann and Seán were only sorry not to be able to be in Quimper, Brittany, to celebrate in proper style. They’re currently recording the 26th season of ‘Sruth na Maoile’ from their studios in Connemara and Lochaber, with technology and a long-time friendship creating a seamless lockdown version of a show that would normally be recorded face-to-face. The programme is the longest-ever running international co-production in any Celtic language.

Spring News 2020

Gaelic Narnia – An Leòmhann, A’ Bhuidseach agus Am Preas-Aodaich
Live-streamed readings on Facebook & Youtube with Mary Ann Kennedy

Sending love and good wishes to all our friends around the world during these strange times.

We know that we’re very fortunate here at Watercolour Music to be in a beautiful part of the world where we can go walking in isolation, where our studio is just next door, and where our community is stepping up to the mark to help the more vulnerable folk amongst us. Mary Ann has been documenting, Groundhog Day-style, the same early-morning photograph of Ben Nevis from the end of the house every day for four full weeks now. We’ve been into town (Fort William) only twice for food and supplies and it’s a veritable Marie-Celeste. And our only visitors are a postie every few days. Social distancing is not difficult in Ardgour.

We are however, like so many folk, concerned about our business. As musicians and creatives, most of our planned work disappeared overnight with the lockdown, and we keep ourselves busy and avoiding too much of the Netflix binge by planning as best we can for the future and letting our imaginations make the most of what we have for the rest.

So we’ve taken the (actual) Dressing-Up Box and embarked on a project that started off as an escape-hatch for Mary Ann, but which has become a real focus for us during the pandemic. Mary Ann is currently on the final chapters of the first ever Scottish Gaelic translation of the CS Lewis children’s classic, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. With mam, Kenna Campbell, as editor, one of Mary Ann’s favourite childhood stories can now be enjoyed in her mother tongue.

Although the project as a whole is at an early stage, we wanted to share this with the many Gaelic-speaking children (big kids too) who are stuck at home at the moment, and also to offer something that parents without Gaelic could also enjoy with their kids through their own memories of the book. And so we’ve recorded the book chapter-by-chapter, and with the kind permission of the CS Lewis Company, we’ll be live-streaming the readings on Facebook and Youtube from the 21st April.

The broadcast rights – a special dispensation for COVID19 – allow us only to stream live, so please make a date with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm BST to follow the Narnia adventure in Gaelic. You’ll be able to find us on Facebook at and on Youtube at Once you’ve reached the page at these times, you’ll find a link direct to the live broadcast – just click and away you go!

This is entirely a voluntary project for us here at Watercolour. Somewhere down the line, we might be able to look at publishing, but for now, we just wanted to get something out online that might bring pleasure to others at a difficult time, and we’re working entirely within the resources that we have available to us here at Watercolour.

If you would like to support our work, we’d be delighted and most grateful. You can make a contribution via Paypal at Or better still, buy one of our albums or books via the Watercolour shop – Where there’s a payment choice, please pick the Paypal one for a direct order to Watercolour. All album and book orders will be mailed out with a bonus CD from our catalogue included as a thank-you from us.

Take good care of yourselves, stay safe, and wash your paws,

Le meas Mary Ann & Nick @ Watercolour


Winter News 2019



House Concert at Watercolour Music Blue Rose Code Watercolour Music, Ardgour PH33 7AH.Sunday 17th November 3pm Suggested donations: £10 (children free) Booking essential (pay at door) via

tel: 01855-841320 mob: 07918618374

Watercolour Music is delighted to host a one-off House Concert for 2019 with one of Scotland’s leading independent lights. A nomad, both geographically and musically, Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code writes straight from – and to - the heart. His songs address universal themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future in a deeply personal way.

They are variously painted with the vibrant colours of folk, Americana, jazz, country, soul and pop; an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of his work and which has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits amongst others. . As Blue Rose Code, Ross can perform solo and in everything from a stripped-down trio to his core five-piece band right up to a ten-piece soul jazz ensemble and relishes tailoring his line-up and repertoire to suit particular events or venues.

Whatever the format, a Blue Rose Code show is always a unique, unforgettable and truly uplifting experience. As ever, please do book ahead to allow us to plan for number. Pay on the day – but please reserve your places via the contacts above and we look forward to seeing you on the 17th!

New CD

Angus MacLeod: Slat à Coille

Another Mary Ann Kennedy produced CD also get its release this winter. Although he has family ties to Lewis, South Uist and Skye, Angus MacLeod was brought up in Inverness, in a home filled with Gaelic.

He now works as a solicitor in the city. He is married to Karen, and they have two daughters Anna and Ellen who also sing and are fluent in Gaelic too. Angus received a precious inheritance of Gaelic language and culture from his parents Catrìona and the late Murdo.

He won the Traditional Gold Medal at the Golspie Mòd in 1995, and the An Comunn Gold Medal at the Inverness Mòd in 2014, and has sung in Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, London, Brittany and America as well as across Scotland. 

He sings solo, as a member of the Inverness Gaelic Choir and as a member of the group Trosg. He is also chair of the board of directors of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture in Scotland.

New CD

Stuart A Jackson - M'arach

A debut album from Gaelic singer Stuart Jackson. Produced by Mary Ann Kennedy and recorded at Watercolour Music 

Stuart was born in Lochaline, Morvern, Argyll and raised on the family farm at Fuinary, in Morvern. This upbringing, by the shores of the Sound of Mull, was shaped by immersion in local songs and music, both at school and from his parents at home. His mother, Creina, was an accomplished singer and dad, Alasdair, played the accordion at home and for most of the local dances.

Stuart performs a selection of Gaelic songs that have a special significance to him "M'arach, as the name suggests, is a reflection of Stuart's upbringing with many of the songs having very personal and poignant connections to himself, his family and their background farming for three generations at Fuinary on the Morvern Peninsula.

The songs are interwoven skilfully to create a journey of changing emotions - from deep sorrow to the rousing happiness of sing-along classics... M'arach is the perfect soundtrack to a proper ceilidh." Angus MacPhail, Skipinnish.

"The most anticipated album of the Gaidhealtachd in 2019." Donald MacRae, Gaelic singing legend.

"My love of singing, and the music of the Gael, undoubtedly stems from this early and immersive introduction from my parents. I owe them a great deal for the happiest of childhoods, my upbringing, and for being such an understanding and loving couple. I would like to make a small repayment to the debt I owe them by dedicating this album to them. For Alasdair and Creina."

Autumn 2019 News



Bidh an là a' fàs fada nas giorra bhon Dàmhair air adhart, a-reir na h-abairt – ach bidh gu leòr a’ dol tro lathaichean agus oidhcheannan na mìos seo aig Watercolour! The days draw closer from October on, as the old saying goes, but there will be plenty happening on the days – and nights – of that month here at Watercolour!

Sruth na Maoile @25

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 8.00pm

Mary Ann will join her long-time Irish colleague and friend, Seán Ó hÉanaigh, in the County Clare on the 5th October for a gala concert featuring top folk and traditional artists from Scotland and Ireland. The concert celebrates 25 years of their radio programme Sruth na Maoile, and will be simulcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in Ireland and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal in Scotland on the night. The night will feature artists representing the whole timespan of the longest-running Gaelic co-production in the world – from the stars that inspired the show in 1994 to the new generation emerging today. The mouthwatering cast will include:
Karen Matheson & Manus Lunny (Capercaillie)
Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra (Clannad)
Séamus Begley, Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich & Donogh Hennessy (Co. Kerry)
Zoë Conway & John McIntyre (Young Irish trad musician of the year)
Eabhal (Battle of the Bands winners 2018)
Pádraig Rynne, Tara Breen, Elaine Hogan (Notify)
Bríd Ní Mhaoilchiaráin (Corn Uí Ríada sean-nós winner) 
Ruairidh Gray (South Uist) … and some surprise guests!

Mòd Ghlaschu 2019


The National Mòd returns to Glasgow for the first time in nearly 30 years, and Mary Ann will be busy in her hometown with some very exciting events in the very place she won her own Mòd Gold Medal. You can check out all the events here but here’s what we’re all going to be involved with.

Celtic Praise – Prince’s Square, Buchanan Street, Glasgow
Sunday 13th October 2019, 7.30 pm - FREE

Gaelic Gospel choir Soisgeul will be raising the roof leading the singing in an absolute feast of lively Gospel singing in the elegant, prestige setting of Princes Square. Soisgeul – Gaelic choral singing like you’ve never heard it before – will be joined by friends including the dynamic Gospel musical director Gareth Fuller, who has worked with Mary Ann to create unique Gaelic versions of some gospel classics. And you can also opt to pre-book and dine in one of Princes Square’s many fine restaurants.

Lorg Ghlaschu – OranMor, Byres Road, Glasgow
Monday 14th October 2019, 7.30pm - £14/£10

From the Rye-Field Rye to Marchtown, the Ha-stein Farm to Badger's Ford, St Malieu's Cross to White Island, the Little Pool to Still in the Corner. You know where all these places are. You just never knew what they meant. Lorg Ghlaschu features a stellar musical gathering curated by Mary Ann Kennedy, and informed by Alasdair Whyte’s meticulous research, leading a trail through the city’s rich treasure trove of Gaelic place names, history and people, all set against the beautiful video backdrops of Watercolour Music’s Nick Turner. Discover the natural roots of the Dear Green Place. Celebrate how people helped create one of the great cities of the world. Special guests also include - Findlay Napier, Finlay Wells & Lorne MacDougall.

Cuirm Ceòl Òr Ghlaschu - Glasgow Gold Concert – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tuesday 15th October 2019, 7.30pm - £20/£16

This night to remember brings together an unparalleled line-up of some of Scotland’s and Ireland’s most renowned singers and musicians - including many Mòd Gold Medal winners - celebrating together the rich, flourishing Celtic culture they share. Glasgow’s Gaelic choirs and Gaelic schools join a host of musical friends for a night of classic songs and new discoveries! The night’s Musical Directors are Mary Ann and Brian McAlpine, with a house band including Marie Fielding, Cammy Maxwell, Alan Òg MacDonald, Finlay Wells and Ross Ainslie. They’ll be joined by a brass trio from the BBC SSO, young musicians from the Glasgow Irish community and no fewer than 15 Gold Medallists with Glasgow connections! Not to be missed.




First Week Cover

BRIAN JAMIESON "The First Week Of A Mid-Life Crisis"
Release Date: 26th July 2019. Cat Nos: WCMCD072

EMAIL:        MOBILE: 07979992334

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/BrianJamiesonMusic             WWW.TWITTER.COM/BrianJamieson

WWW.YOUTUBE/BrianJamieson                                    WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/BrianJamieson1976 

Scottish HIP HOP pioneer Brian Jamieson known mostly for his work as DAMAGED GOODZ, SKELETON VERSE & THE PARADOX drops his new release "The First Week Of A Mid-Life Crisis".

The 7 songs chart a fictional week in the near future with each song acting as a day where Brian has ups and downs a plenty after suffering a Mid-Life Crisis where he pushes the self-destruct button to the maximum.Brian pushes himself way out of his comfort zone by jumping into the GRIME / TRAP genre in order to improve himself as a writer and Emcee.

The music is produced by the legendary KONCHIS with a variety of jaw dropping soundscapes to compliment the story perfectly.


23-03-2020 (Monday)
GAMEFACE (Tuesday) 
4 SEASONS IN 1 DAY (Wednesday)
SHATTER DAY (Saturday)

Brian Jamieson has opened shows for:

Played legendary venues like..
S E C C (2 Nights) / BARROWLANDS (3 Nights) / 02 ACADEMY (3 nights) / O2 ABC (2 nights) / GLASGOW GARAGE / KING TUTS (10 times) / BRIXTON ACADEMY / ALEXANDRA PALACE / 3 x Live sessions on BBC RADIO 1,XFM,SUNNY GOVAN



CD Cover

New CD just released by Watercolour Music.

Sarah Fanet " It happened by Loch Leven"

Available from Here




Sunday 3rd March 3pm

Sarah Fanet, with special guest Sally Simpson  
Watercolour Music, Ardgour PH33 7AH
Sunday 3rd March 3pm
Suggested donations: £10 (children free)

Booking essential (pay at door) via or tel: 01855-841320


St Huberts 1


Watercolour Music is delighted to host a one-off House Concert for 2019 with a long-time friend and colleague, singer-songwriter Sarah Fanet.  Sarah is due to release her new solo album in the summer, and this is an exclusive opportunity to hear her new songs, inspired by her life in her adopted home of Kinlochleven in Lochaber. She’ll be joined by fiddler Sally Simpson, fresh from a busy Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow with the Hannah Rarity Band and HEISK.

The gig is being organised to coincide with a short documentary film being made about Sarah’s life and music, and we would love it if you would support our friend in this special event. You can read about Sarah’s journey to her new identity and a new Highland home in this beautiful article for Bella Caledonia:  

As ever, please do book ahead to allow us to plan for number. Pay on the day – but please reserve your places via the contacts above and we look forward to seeing you on the 8th April!

And here's a little taste of the delights in store: The Low Road to Kinlochleven -


MARY ANN KENNEDY – Latest News and Tour Dates Jan-July

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Mary Ann will be following up a highly successful Celtic Connections Festival with tour dates leading up to the international release of her new solo album, ‘Glaschu – Hometown Love Song’, out on 29th April 2019. An album inspired by Mary Ann’s home city of Glasgow, ‘Glaschu’ features songs and poetry celebrating city life past and present, a vibrant 16-track collection of Glasgow vignettes and vivid images, from the city’s main artery - the River Clyde, to street-life and markets, social deprivation and religious tension, and traditional Scottish sport and play.

Mary Ann said,
The ‘Glaschu’ album is a kind of love-song to my home town – these songs are the story of the Gaels in Glasgow before me, but it’s the also the story of every new arrival community in any city the world over – the themes are universal. I grew up in the southside of a city rich in languages and cultures, and as part of Scottish Gaels’ biggest urban diaspora. We realised that, even though Gaelic had been part of Glasgow throughout its 800-year history, we were still very much part of the ebb-and-flow migration that is part of every city’s narrative.

‘Glaschu’ was previewed Scotland’s renowned Celtic Connections festival , where Mary Ann performed in the atmospheric surroundings of the Tron Theatre, at the heart of the city quarter where many of the songs are set. She was joined by long-time collaborator Finlay Wells (Coast) on guitar, and played host to some very special guest singers from Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghleann Dail, one of the city’s Gaelic schools. 

Mary Ann was also Musical Director of the official launch of the Royal National Mòd, Gaeldom’s premier festival, at this year’s Celtic Connections. Working with co-director Brian McAlpine, a stellar house band, massed Glasgow Gaelic choirs and over fifteen Mòd Gold Medallist singers, the night heralded the beginning of the eight-month build-up to the Mòd returning to Glasgow for the first time in nearly thirty years. Mary Ann’s own Gold medal was a ‘home win’ in the city in 1988.

As well as album dates, when she’ll be joined by young singers from each area sharing their home-town songs, Mary Ann will also re-visit her Bath Festivals commission IronBright with award-winning fellow harpist and singer Rachel Newton, and sound designer Nick Turner from Watercolour Music. With a new movement commissioned especially for the performance at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Mary Ann will return to the fabulous sounds inspired by the engineering genius of Thomas Telford and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

And the Spring dates kick off with a one-off must-see, as the Irish, Manx and Scottish Gaelic dream-team of Aon Teanga (One Tongue) come together for one night only in the Scottish capital’s Gaelic hub, Bothan Dhùn Èideann. Joined by Ruth Keggin, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’ Brien, the quartet will re-unite the three Gaelic nations through song, music and general nonsense.

Tour Dates Mary Ann Kennedy 2019:

01 March: Bothan Dhùn Èideann, Edinburgh - with AON TEANGA (Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Ruth Keggin & Ultan O’ Brien)                                                                Canon’s Gait, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ   
8.00pm til late

09 April:     Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Edinburgh – IRONBRIGHT (with Rachel Newton & Nick Turner)
                   Merchiston Castle School, 294 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH13 0PU

23 April:     SEALL @ Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye – GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & special guests
                   Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV44 8RQ

26 April:     Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & special guests
                   Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ         

27 April:     Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & Fèis Phàislig
                    New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ        

30 April:     The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells
                   5 West North Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AT

01 May:     Eden Court, Inverness - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & special guests
                   Bishop’s Road, Inverness IV3 5SA                 

04 May:     Stapleford Granary, Cambridge - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & Phoenix Training Choir
                   Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP

14 July:      Chichester Festival, Chichester – details TBA


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Reviews for Mary Ann Kennedy’s debut solo album ‘An Dàn’/ARC Music 2017
4 stars **** SonglinesMary Ann Kennedy is one of the finest interpreters of Gaelic song and an inspiring and vital force on the traditional Scots music scene… an excellent release it is too: self-composed and arranged, it demonstrates Kennedy’s fine talent as a composer, but it’s her vocals that are the real attraction here.”

The voice of Scotland … a very beautiful contemporary folk album…recommended.” Rootstime

The musical arrangements are sensitive and beguiling, with the piano and string quartet accompaniment especially graceful and elegant.” fRoots
It’s a gem of an albumFolk Radio, UK

“… it is her delivery of the lyrics… that really shine in this collection.” Herald Scotland

The album is often very beautiful. Mary Ann’s voice is exquisite and Finlay Wells’ guitars add so much – just listen to that sublime lead of ‘Grioglachan’”

4 stars **** The ScotsmanThis is one from the heart, as the singer and broadcaster performs her engagingly melodic settings of recent Gaelic poetry as well as lyrics of her own – including the opening Seinn, Horo, Seinn, which finely expresses her commitment to Gaelic song as an ongoing culture.”

“…a masterpiece...” Tambourine


Artist in Residence at the Øy Festival

Nick spent a magical weekend in November in one of Orkney’s farthest flung islands as Artist in Residence at the Øy Festival.


Nick spent a magical weekend in November in one of Orkney’s farthest flung islands as Artist in Residence at the Øy Festival. Tasked with creating the soundworld for their Island Space Station theme for 2018, Nick spent a glorious few days recording people, places and the sounds of Papa Westray’s human and natural world, before heading back to the studio to create a unique island sound diary distilling island life into biomusic, found sound and ambient soundscapes.

You can check it on our fantastic new-look Watercolour Music website as part of the Projects Page. From ocean wave to soundwave in an unpolluted sound source at the edge of human experience, Papa Westray provided the perfect canvas for Nick’s febrile imagination, but he also enjoyed the 90 second plane hop to his island destination, and the Muckle Supper – a big communal meal - that celebrated the end of the festival!  


Michael Ephron New EP " Efroditis". Released November 2018


Michael Ephron the Welsh composer, lyricist and producer of this 5 song EP has had a fascinating musical life. Self  taught, first on banjo at age 7 then moving to guitar and keyboards, he played as a solo act all over Europe and the Middle East in his teens. Equally passionate about words, he simultaneously wrote poems and plays. 

He was living in NYC at the height of the cultural renaissance in the 1960s and performing as the poet in Poetry and Jazz perfomances. But his love of music in time overwhelmed his love of words and he moved into playing fulltime. In NYC he gained a reputation as an up and coming keyboard player on the avant garde free form jazz scene. Catching the attention of Jimi Hendrix he became a musical collaborator in Hendrix’s experiments around the time Woodstock Festival and after.

Moving out to the West Coast, he made the decision to move on from experimentation and founded a Funk Band, The Word. They were signed to Strata East Records, Gil Scott Heron’s label and recorded an album for them. In Los Angeles Stevie Wonder heard his compositions and got him a deal with RCA records. But for a while, personal health issues blighted his career. Moving to Asia he became active on the music scene in Manila, and known by musicians for his unusual highly individualized approach to composition. 

His position is that fitting into any one musical genre is not for him; he is at home in any genre with the proviso that the music that preoccupies him be excellent music, be it Jazz, Latin, Country, Heavy Metal or Hip Hop etc. In addition when he composes it should have his very own personal stamp on it.

In the Philippines, he recorded an album of 18 songs, taking 6 years to complete. This EP is comprised of the 5 songs he wrote and produced with Bamboo, the Filipino star who was seeking to expand his musical horizons and heard Michael’s work.  It was recorded and produced in the Philippines, Scotland, England, California, New York, Ireland and Cuba with Filipino musicians plus others from Scotland, England, the USA, Poland, Brazil and Cuba. The Album will be available on November 18, released by Watercolour Records.

There is a narrative in the EP that describes human behaviour gone haywire and its effect on love and our planet, but it is not a message devoid of hope. The next album with the remaining 13 songs will be released in the near future.


 Concert st ST Huberts, Idsworth. Sussex

The Highlands Comes to Hampshire

Saturday October 27th

Hello to our Southern Watercolour Music friends!

Mary Ann was invited to play at this enigmatic venue by the Friends of St Huberts whilst visiting earlier in the year

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The Church Friends have created a charity to help with the up keep of this 11th Century Church.

As part of their out-reach work thay have been hosting a series of concerts to raise funds and interest in the magnificent Chapel

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A sell-out crowd enjoyed an evening of Harp and song in an intimate acoustic enviroment. Very good shortbread as well!


Cluaidh Site Now Open



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House Concert,

Sunday afternoon October 7th at 3pm


Watercolour Music - 2018 Residential Guitar Workshop Weekend

Sept 29th - 2nd Oct


Following the initial workshops, we are delighted to announce the dates for this year’s event.  An intensive but relaxed weekend in the stunning surroundings of Scotland’s West Highlands with the undivided attention of two stellar guitar tutors – John Goldie and Peter Kroll-Ploeger.

There are limited places on this special weekend – two classes of at most eight players brings the setting closer to the mentoring process pioneered in the US. Students will arrive on Friday evening with a relaxed meet-and-greet, followed by intensive tutored sessions through the day on Saturday and Sunday, and a tutors’ and guests’ concert on the Sunday night. Monday will be a slower paced wind down with an informal recording tip sheet session.

We can provide an inclusive package of guitar weekend and half board accommodation or just guitar weekend with attendees making their own accommodation arrangements. Transport is inclusive throughout the weekend - so once you are here you are only concentrating on guitar playing.

The weekend is designed to give attendees the time and space needed to invest in their musical passion, unhampered by the usual interruptions and distractions of home and work. The workshops will be tailored to the abilities of participants, aimed at all levels of musician who want to learn new skills and increase their confidence in a group situation.

Watercolour Music specialises in creating a relaxed, supportive and inspiring environment, and the course will be the perfect retreat for guests to be able to concentrate on improving various aspects of their music and performance in the beautiful, peaceful location of Ardgour. The emphasis is on an informal atmosphere which incorporates structured activity in a supportive learning environment.

We also intend to include the extremely popular evening's cruise down Loch Shiel on Jim Michie’s MV Sileas. This has usually preceded the tutors concert

FaceTime with the tutors includes at least 8 hours of tutor-led group teaching sessions designed to bring out the best in your abilities. It won’t all be challenging work though - there will also be opportunities for a session with the other players, and of course the chance to spend some quality time ‘alone’ with your instrument!

We also encourage open-mic policy on the Sunday night tutors concert - a friendly, supportive environment in which to air your favourite songs or tune to the group and local audience, join in on an impromptu jam session, or just to sit back and enjoy the music.


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