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Maeve MacKinnon returns for a full concert!
Maeve Mackinnon: Described by The Herald as possessing “a truly stunning voice” Maeve Mackinnon is an award-winning young Gaelic singer who has, in a few short years, emerged to become one of the leading Scottish folk musicians of her generation.
As one of the youngest artists whose work was honoured in the “Classic Album” series at Celtic Connections Festival 2008, she has racked up a number of accolades over the last few years. Twice nominated as “Gaelic Singer of the Year” at the Scots Trad Music Awards (2011 and 2008 respectively), she was also named, “Up and Coming Artist of the year” at the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards and a finalist in BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award in 2005.
The last year alone has seen forays into songwriting in both Gaelic and English for several recording projects and presenting The Celtic Zone for BBC Radio Scotland. 2012 will see the release of Maeve’s second solo album, “Once Upon An Olive Branch”, which has been tipped by The Scotsman’s Sue Wilson as “A bold leap forward for one of Scotland’s most gifted and creative young vocalists”.
Ross Martin: Guitarist Ross Martin comes from the west coast of Lochaber in the Highlands of Scotland. An area as renowned for its musical heritage as for it’s natural beauty. Ross is well known for his intuitive accompaniment of Gaelic songs and the Highland Bagpipe Music that they influence. A regular at the Celtic Connections festival and a consistent feature on the Gaelic televisions programmes on the BBC Ross is also kept busy touring with the West Coast supergroup Daimh (two times nominees of Best Group at the Scottish Trad Music Awards) and Dual (an Irish/Scots Gaelic collaboration featuring Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh of Danu and Scottish songstress Julie Fowlis).
Brian Mcalpine : is a well known figure in the Scottish music scene. Having worked with The Pearlfishers for many years, Brian spends most of his time now working in traditional Scottish music playing in Scottish supergroup Session A9. Having appeared on over 40 albums and having performed and recorded with a vast number of artists crossing many genres including, The Chieftains, Ray Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Trilok Gurtu, The Iron Horse, Ricky Ross, B.A. Robertson, The Unusual Suspects, Ry Cooder, Eilidh MacKenzie, Maggie MacInnes and Alyth MacCormack.
Highly regarded as a writer, arranger and producer, Brian has worked on music for theatre and television and has been musical director on many high profile concerts including the opening of Perth Concert Hall, The Gordon Duncan Memorial Concert and The Scottish Songbook at Celtic Connections.