Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gaelic icons at the Wighton Heritage Centre

From Sheena Wellington:

Wighton Heritage Centre at the Central Library :  Cappuccino Concert - Saturday 18th May at 11am, with coffee available from 10.30am.

Kenna Campbell and Wilma Kennedy, Gaelic singers

Kenna Campbell is recognised as one of the principal tradition bearers of contemporary Gaelic Scotland.   Born in Roag, near Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, and now living in Glasgow, she belongs to a family of singers and pipers - the Campbells of Greepe. Her greatest passion is for the òran mòr or the "big song" in classical Gaelic tradition, and the family as a whole share a special talent in the singing of mouth music or  puirt a beul.

Her love of song is matched by that of her desire to pass on this knowledge and skill to a new generation of singers, and her role as principal tutor in Gaelic Song at the RSAMD's Scottish Music degree is characterised by a contemporary approach matched with a respect for the roots of tradition.

Her daughter Wilma Kennedy is also a  renowned Gaelic singer, broadcaster and teacher.   A double Mod Gold Medalist, she is very well known in Dundee as the director of the award-winning Dundee Gaelic choir and Gaelic song tutor for Friends of Wighton.