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.
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Mary Ann Kennedy has been surrounded by music all her life. She is part of the younger generation of one of the great dynasties of Gaelic song—the Campbells of Greepe from the Isle of Skye. An award-winning harpist who trained as a classical musician, Mary Ann is a co-founder of highly-acclaimed Gaelic band Cliar, winners of all-time Best Album at the inaugural Scots Trad Music Awards and works with Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhirnis (Inverness Gaelic Choir). In addition to her career as a musician, Mary Ann is a highly-respected radio and television presenter, and an in-demand music producer.
Fèis Rois is one of Scotland’s leading youth arts companies. The organization aims to give young people the opportunity to experience and engage with traditional music and Gaelic culture. This year Fèis Rois brings three graduates from its successful Ceilidh Trail program to Celtic Colours–Mischa Macpherson (Gaelic song & clarsach), Conal McDonagh (pipes & whistles) and Innes White (guitar & mandolin). These three talented young musicians met on The Ceilidh Trail and have gone on to win the 2014 Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award as the Mischa Macpherson Trio.
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, last year and was 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.