Mr. McFall’s Chamber with Michael Marra
Music "Mr. McFall's Chamber with Michael Marra" – Wednesday 1st Sept. 8pm, 2 hours including interval, age 11+
The Scotsman referred to McFall’s Chamber as “the jewel in the Scottish musical crown, continually pushing the envelope of chamber group repertoire and style”. Their wide range covers classical/folk/jazz and now includes a remarkable tie-up with Scottish gravel-voiced singer Michael Marra. The line-up includes Phil Alexander on harmonium and accordion, Su-a Lee on cello and musical saw, Robert McFall on violin and mandolin, Brian Schiele on viola and Rick Standley on bass.
Michael Marra was brought up in the Lochee district of Dundee. His
first public performance was at an NCR Christmas party in the 1950s
Although predominantly known as a songwriter, Michael has worked
extensively in theatre, radio and television. To most he is a solo
performer touring the length and breadth of Britain, performing in arts
centres, theatres, folk clubs and village halls. He has opened for such
diverse performers as Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Louden Wainwright
III, Barbara Dickson and Deacon Blue.
In recent years he has
performed both in Washington DC and Melbourne, Australia in the show 'In
Flagrant Delicht' which was devised in collaboration with poet and
playwright Liz Lochhead. In theatre Michael has written original music
and worked both as an actor and musical director. His own operetta 'If
The Moon Can Be Believed' was performed at Dundee Rep to sell out
audiences. Most recently he collaborated with Graham McLaren of Theatre
Babel on a new production of 'The Demon Barber' for Perth Theatre.
Michael has also recently performed original songs with the Scottish
Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish National Orchestra, Concerto Caledonia,
Mr McFall's Chamber, and his own Quintet.
Last year Michael was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Dundee University in recognition of his
contribution to the cultural profile of his home town.
also has an online Digital Store at http://digital.marra.biz
where you can buy CD's and Downloads of Michael's recordings.