Dynasty of Gaelic Song

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One of the great dynasties of Gaelic song, featuring broadcaster and musician Mary Ann Kennedy, will perform at Woodend Barn on Sunday (April 29).

Pipers and singers who love to dance, they are widely considered the masters of puirt-à-beul, the mouth music of dance tunes and tongue-twisters that forms one of the most difficult genres of Gaelic song.

With a rural background on the Isle of Skye, where music was central to the whole community’s way of life, The Campbells of Greepe are a treasury of song and story who have picked up nine Mòd gold medals through three generations.

Mary Ann Kennedy will be familiar to many as the ‘first lady’ of world music in Scotland for her BBC radio and TV work and is equally regarded as an influential performer and producer in her own right.

Doyenne Kenna Campbell, Mary Ann’s mother, has mentored several winners of the BBC’s top folk and traditional music awards as a distinguished performer, teacher and tradition-bearer.

Kenna’s brother, Seaumas Campbell, daughter Wilma Kennedy and niece Maggie Macdonald have also made their own significant impact on Gaelic and traditional music in Scotland.

This performance will see the Campbells celebrating a book release and a new album produced by Grammy award-winner and Buena Vista Social Club producer Jerry Boys, who said of the family, “there’s a closeness in their harmonies that probably only comes from being blood relatives and you know as soon as you hear them that their singing comes straight from the heart.”

The show will feature special guest, American step-dancer Nic Gareiss, who will lead dance workshops before the concert – further details are available from the Woodend Barn box office on (01330) 825431 or at www.woodendbarn.co.uk

Tickets cost £14, (£12 conc), £5 U16 in advance + booking fee; or £15, (£13 conc) £5 U16 on the door.