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HOUSE CONCERT & FILMING AT WATERCOLOUR MUSIC

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 info@watercolourmusic.co.uk or tel: 01855-841320

 

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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: https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2018/06/05/the-long-road-to-kinlochleven/.  

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 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cET_SWfcSs

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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
Info: https://www.facebook.com/bothan.duneideann

09 April:     Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Edinburgh – IRONBRIGHT (with Rachel Newton & Nick Turner)
                   Merchiston Castle School, 294 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH13 0PU
                   7.30pm
Info: https://www.harpfestival.co.uk; https://eihf.tickets.red61.com/performances.php?eventId=5986:75

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
                   7.30pm
                   Info: https://www.seall.co.uk

26 April:     Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & special guests
                   Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ         
8.00pm
                   Info: http://beaconartscentre.co.uk/events/mary-ann-kennedy/

27 April:     Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & Fèis Phàislig
                    New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ        
7.30pm
Info: http://www.whatsonrenfrewshire.co.uk/event/070502-mary-ann-kennedy/

30 April:     The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells
                   5 West North Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AT
7.30pm
                   Info: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/music/mary-ann-kennedy/1238

01 May:     Eden Court, Inverness - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & special guests
                   Bishop’s Road, Inverness IV3 5SA                 
7.30pm
Info: https://eden-court.co.uk/event/mary-ann-kennedy#dates-and-times

04 May:     Stapleford Granary, Cambridge - GLASCHU New Album – with Finlay Wells & Phoenix Training Choir
                   Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP
7.30pm
http://staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/mary-anne-kennedy-.aspx

14 July:      Chichester Festival, Chichester – details TBA

 

FIND US ONLINE 
Mary Ann’s website: http://maryannkennedy.co.uk/
Watercolour Music: http://watercolourmusic.co.uk
Full list of concerts 2019: http://maryannkennedy.co.uk/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nicualraig/
Twitter: @NicUalraig
Instagram: watercolourmusic

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’” Folking.com

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

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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.

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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!  

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Michael Ephron New EP " Efroditis". Released November 2018

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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.

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 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!

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Cluaidh Site Now Open

Cluidh

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Betse and Clarke

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MUSIC FROM THE OZARKS COMES TO LOCHABER

House Concert,

Sunday afternoon October 7th at 3pm

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Watercolour Music - 2018 Residential Guitar Workshop Weekend

Sept 29th - 2nd Oct

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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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