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Rona Lightfoot

Scotland

Rona has been described as a cèilidh personified. She is a great piper, a hugely talented singer, and a veritable treasury of traditional Gaelic songs. What's more, Rona is a terrific raconteur with a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. She is an accomplished piper - in fact, with one or two others, Rona blazed the trail for women competing at the highest level and is credited with being the first of the fairer sex to win a major piping competition.

As the saying goes in Gaelic, Rona did not have ‘to buy’ her talents – they came down to her through the many generations of celebrated pipers, singers and storytellers which adorn her family tree. Rona’s most immediate musical influences were her mother Kate, who was one of the most remarkable singers and tradition bearers of her age and Eardsaidh Ràghnaill, her father, a piper and seanchaidh (story teller) of renown.

Rona’s was a family and a household which cherished and fostered Gaelic traditional arts and her live performance is a distillation of the cultural legacy which she inherited. These performances are not only a delight but also an important part of the bequest which Rona is passing on to a new generation of singers and pipers.

Rona now lives in Inverness and is much in demand at Fèisean and Ceòlas, and has taught her music throughout the Highlands of Scotland as well as in the United States of America and Canada.

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