The National Theatre of Scotland has appointed two Gaelic Associate Artists Fiona J MacKenzie and Maeve Mackinnon to work with us for a year.
They will support the Company’s artistic planning, inform the development of the Gaelic Strategy and to develop their own personal artistic projects. This is the second year that this scheme has been running.
Fiona MacKenzie is one of Scotland’s best known contemporary Gaelic singers. She has 3 CDs on the Greentrax label and is a Royal National Mod Gold Medallist. During her tenure as the Mairi Mhòr Gaelic Song Fellow for Highland Council, she performed, taught and lectured in Gaelic Song extensively in North America and Europe; 2012 sees her performing in Africa. She is keen to make Gaelic accessible to new audiences everywhere with a fusion of music, drama and literature.
Maeve Mackinnon is an award-winning young Gaelic singer who has, in a few short years, become one of the leading Scottish folk musicians of her generation. 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. This past year has seen forays into songwriting in both Gaelic and English for several recording projects and presenting The Celtic Zone for BBC Radio Scotland. 2012 sees the release of Maeve’s second solo album, Once Upon An Olive Branch.
Last year’s Gaelic Associate Catriona Lexy Campbell and up-and-coming young Gaelic artist, Eilidh Daniels have both been accepted onto the National Theatre of Scotland’s Bank of Scotland Emerge Programme, which gives talented artists the opportunity to develop their own work.
Both Catriona Lexy Campbell and Eilidh Daniels will be performing at a free Emerge event at the CCA, Glasgow, on 20th July.
You can find out more about the National Theatre of Scotland’s Gaelic Development Programme here.