A Gael from multi-cultural Glasgow, Mary Ann Kennedy’s life has been one of music. From a revered tradition-bearer family, the Campbells of Greepe, her earliest memories are of a home filled with song. Mary Ann’s traditional roots were paralleled by classical music training. A brief diversion running the BBC’s Gaelic news service led to a career as broadcaster, presenting and producing radio and television over 25 years.
Most of her music has been about collaboration – nurturing, chivvying and inspiring. A founder member of ‘supergroup’ Cliar, All-time Best Album winners at the first Scots Trad Music Awards, she is also twice winner of the Lorient International Harp Competition, double National Mòd gold medallist, and Saltire Award winner for ground-breaking choral work, Lasair Dhè.
Mary Ann is now stepping forward as a solo artist, with two albums reflecting her passion for tradition and fearless engagement with new Gaelic music and songwriting. Her debut solo released in 2017 through ARC Music on is An Dàn (The Song/Destined) – a collection of her original music with lyrics by herself and some of Gaeldom’s greatest poets, including Aonghas MacNeacail and Angus Peter Campbell. This year she will release Glaschu, a love-song to her Glasgow Gàidhealtachd upbringing.
‘This is one from the heart… which finely expresses her commitment to Gaelic song as an ongoing culture.’ Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman (****)
‘A jewel of a record’ Moors Magazine, Netherlands
‘The album is often very beautiful. Mary Ann’s voice is exquisite.’ Dai Jeffries, Folking.com
“An Dàn was worth the wait, it’s a gem of an album.” Neil MacFadyen, Folk Radio UK
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