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Maggie Macdonald & Mary Ann & Wilma Kennedy

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Mary Ann Kennedy is a musician, producer and broadcaster - a double Mòd medalist and twice winner of the Concourse International de l’Harpe Celtique in Lorient. She co-founded the seminal Gaelic band, Cliar, winning the all-time best album at the first Scots Trad Music Awards in 2003, and has a long association with multi-award-winning Inverness Gaelic Choir. She presents BBC Radio 3’s World on 3, runs the highly-regarded Watercolour Music studios in Lochaber, and is currently completing a major collaborative commission for PRSF’s New Music Biennial.

Wilma Kennedy, Mary Ann’s sister, is an actress, singer and educator with a background in theatre in education. She was the leading actress in the first ever Gaelic-language feature film, ‘Às an Eilean’ (1993), and has since performed in many major Gaelic TV dramas and stage productions including ‘Machair’ and ‘Crowdie & Cream’. She tutors at Plockton Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, and directs the award-winning Dundee Gaelic Choir.

Mary Ann and Wilma’s cousin Maggie Macdonald is also a Mòd Medalist. She was a member of the award-winning band Cliar and continues to sing with Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhirnis, Inverness Gaelic Choir. She was the lead soloist, situated on the island of St Kilda and beamed Europe-wide live on satellite, as part of the St Kilda opera in 2007. She is also a senior mentor in the youth tuition Fèisean movement. (227)

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