Mary Ann is an award-winning musician, producer and broadcaster. She co-founded the seminal Gaelic band, Cliar and has a long association with the Inverness Gaelic Choir. A BBC Radio 3 presenter, she runs the highly-regarded Watercolour Music studios in Lochaber. Wilma Kennedy, Mary Ann’s sister, is an actress, singer and educator with a background in theatre in education. 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, also a member of Cliar, is a senior mentor in the youth tuition Fèisean movement and sings with Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhirnis.
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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.
In 1988, two members from two of Scotland’s leading bands, The Boys of The Lough and Silly Wizard, came together to work on a television series. Fiddler Aly Bain from Shetland and Scottish accordion-player Phil Cunningham enjoyed performing together so much that they decided to have a small tour that year. That was the beginning of a remarkable working relationship and friendship that has endured and continues to thrive. They have recorded 4 albums together and delighted audiences around the world with their superb musicianship and irrepressible sense of humour. Celtic Colours is happy to welcome back two festival favourites.
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.
To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. Over a twenty year career, Tony McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic music. With his original approach to this ancient art, Tony takes the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes and accurately transfers them to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
Combining mastery with mischief, and tradition with modernity, Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley are an internationally acclaimed fiddle and guitar duo from the Orkney Islands. Performing together since they were 8 years old, the twin sisters have released six albums, toured the world three times, visited 47 countries and appeared in countless television and radio productions. They have undertaken many musical and education related initiatives and collaborations including extensive teaching and music workshop initiatives throughout the world. Jennifer and Hazel have won a number of national and international awards, with Jennifer being a past winner of the BBC Young Tradition Award.