Mary Jane Lamond fell in love with the Scottish Gaelic traditions and song during visits with her grandparents on Cape Breton Island. She has dedicated her musical career to the preservation of Scottish Gaelic songs, leading to numerous award nominations, critical acclaim, and a worldwide audience for her music. Mary Jane’s five solo recordings create a respectful and beautiful framework for ancient Gaelic songs and her spell-binding performances make these selections truly come alive. Mary Jane’s critically acclaimed release “Seinn” is a partnership with long time musical collaborator, Wendy MacIsaac.
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Whether it’s the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane’s steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years. It seems only natural that these two impressive talents now come together to create a true musical partnership, which combines their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.
Hailing from Scotland’s beautiful and remote highlands and islands, The Mischa Macpherson Trio is a stunning new band to look out for. This year has already seen them scoop the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and the prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award. Mischa MacPherson (Song/Clarsach), Innes White (Guitar) and Conal McDonagh (Pipes/Whistles) are all graduates of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music. They met through the award-winning Feis Rois and consider themselves lucky to have grown up surrounded by the culture, music and language that are rooted in the natural landscape of their home.
Since being presented the Tic Butler Memorial Award during Celtic Colours in 2007, Rachel Davis’ music career has taken off. The fiddler and singer from Baddeck, who learned to play initially from her grandfather and continued with Karen Beaton, Stan Chapman and Kyle MacNeil through her studies at Cape Breton University, was chosen as the 2009 recipient of the Frank “Big Sampy” Sampson award, leading to the release of her debut album that year. A founding member of new Cape Breton supergroup Coìg, Rachel released her second album, Turns, this year and is nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.
Five voices, one family, ten Mòd gold medals through three generations. A treasury of song and a passion for sharing it with their audiences, The Campbells of Greepe – Caimbeulaich a’ Ghnìoba – are one of the great dynasties of Gaelic song. Their roots lie in a tiny crofting township on the Isle of Skye, where music was the constant accompaniment to everyday life. Pipers and singers who loved to dance, they’re considered the masters of puirt-à-beul, Gaelic mouth music, but their songs encompass a whole musical world – pibroch songs, work songs, and the songs of their own community.