Homecoming Scotland: music
Kathleen MacInnes is a singer and songwriter from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides off Scotland’s northwest coast. When you follow this link, you’ll get to hear her sing a song in honor of her dad and see some great photos of the Hebrides as well.
Mary Ann Kennedy is a gifted clarsach player, singer, and producer. She had in mind a project to celebrate men who sing in Scots Gaelic, and that resulted in a fine album called Mary Ann Kennedy & Na Seoid.
If you really want to hear the stories and landscape of Scotland, this is a place to listen, whether you speak Scots Gaelic or not.
You don’t have to know Scots Gaelic to appreciate the work of Sarah-Jane Summers, either. Originally from Inverness, this talented fiddler and teacher explore intersections of Nordic and Scots music as part of the group Fribo. Nesta is her debut solo album, a journey to the highlands and north lands both melodic and lively.
Malinky is a long running Scottish band who balance singing with playing, English with Scot Gaelic, and fast paced tunes with gentle ones. Their latest album, Flower & Iron gives a fine taste of all that.
you may also want to see
an exhibit about the Scottish diaspora at the National Library of Scotland,
on through October, with letters, diaries and other items showing the story of Scots who settled around the world. there’s more about that at the library’s web site, too.
Music Road: Songs of Homecoming, to Scotland and other places
Music Road: Celtic Colours 2009 on the way
Music Road: Homecoming Scotland
Music Road: tuning up for Burns Night: four Scots musicians