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, and she was part of the founding cohort of the UK’s first state-funded music school at Douglas Academy.
She graduated in piano from the RSAMD and continued with a Master’s at the RNCM, concentrating on performance as harpist, and research into Gaelic mouth music. While in Manchester she joined Yehudi Menhuin’s Live Music Now! as its first non-classical musician, and the scheme’s principles of inclusion and accessibility to the arts remain with her.
Today, her broad portfolio is run from her Highland base, Watercolour Music, with husband and fellow musician-producer Nick Turner. 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. She co-edited, Fonn (Melody/Land), awarded Gaelic Book of the Year, and the Arts & Culture prize at the first National Gaelic Awards. Her writing continues with publication of her choral works, Coireal.
Her next release will be Glaschu in 2018, a love-song to her Glasgow Gàidhealtachd upbringing.