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)