Mary Ann Kennedy
Gàidheal Ghlaschu, thogadh Màiri Anna air a cuartachadh le ceòl, an deis meadhan coimhearsnachd na Gàidhealtachd sa bhaile mhòr. Ach, ann an da-rìreabh, bha dachannan eile ann cuideachd – an t-Eilean Sgiathanach, dachaigh a màthar, Ceana, agus a teaghlach-sa, Caimbeulaich a’ Ghnìoba, agus Eilean Thiriodh, far an do thogadh a h-athair, Alasdair MacUalraig. Tha i air a beatha a chur seachad ag obair le daoine - stiùireadh, piobrachadh, buachailleachd, oir is an deis mheadhan gnothaich as toilichte i. Ach tha i air ceum air adhart a ghabhail a-nise, agus a' dèanamh air an ard-ùrlar gu h-aona-ghuthach, ged a tha fhathast a-measg nan cairdean ciùil as dluithe dhith, leithid Finlay Wells air giotàr, Lorne MacDhùghaill air an fhìdeig agus Euan Burton air an dòrd.
Urban Gael living in the Scottish Highlands, Mary Ann's whole life has been music. Brought up in a tenement flat full of Gaelic song and classical music on the multi-cultural southside of Glasgow, she is today a musician, singer, broadcaster, conductor, composer and producer, working from Watercolour Music in Ardgour with her husband, producer and engineer Nick Turner. After more years of working with and encouraging others than she cares to mention, Mary Ann is stepping out solo - hard to believe that the new album 'An Dàn' is her solo debut.
Mary Ann's musical career in its many incarnations has been recognised with major awards, including the Concours Internationale de l'Harpe Celtique at the Lorient Festival Interceltique, the international Celtic Media Festival's Radio Presenter of the Year, and the coveted double gold at Gaeldom's premier festival, the National Mòd. Her first band, Cliar, won the all-time Best Album accolade at the inaugural Scots Trad Music Awards, and earned her a Saltire Award, With her tradition-bearer family, the Campbells of Greepe, the major biography and album project 'Fonn' won the Arts and Culture award at the first National Gaelic Awards, and her choir, Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis is recognised as one of the country's top choral ensembles.
Working with her husband and musical partner, Nick Turner, she has received many musical commissions, including 'Beul na h-Oidhche gu Camhanaich' (Dusk to Dawn) for Blas Festival, 'Aiseag' (The Ferryboat) for PRSforMusic Foundation's 1st New Music Biennial, 'Dubh Shneachd' for the International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences and Associate Artist for Aberdeen Music Hall.
Her broadcast credits include BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and presentation and performance on BBC Scotland, BBC2, TG4 and BBC4, fronting major series and specials on world and traditional Scottish and Irish music..
Click on images to find out more about Mary Ann's current and recent projects, including the debut solo album 'An Dàn'
The debut solo album on Watercolour Music - a unique collection of original Gaelic song with music composed by Mary Ann and lyrics by herself and some of Scotland's finest Gaelic poets and lyricists. Read more
A Gaelic celebration of the night skies, with original music, traditional song, Sinatra and rocket-building - commissioned by Blas Festival Read more
Associate Artists for 'Stepping Out', part of the major refurbishment of Aberdeen's glorious Music Hall. Read more
Two generations of a tradition-bearer family pay tribute to their roots through two albums produced by multi Grammy-winner Jerry Boys. Accompanied by a major hardback biography and music collection. Read more