Brought up in Glasgow, Mary Ann Kennedy, widely known for her outstanding musical collaborations and broadcasting career, will return to the Tuned In London programme to perform songs from her new album ‘Glaschu’. “These songs are the story of the Gaels in Glasgow before me, but it’s the also the story of every new arrival community in any city the world over – the themes are universal.” A vibrant collection of vignettes, from the city’s main artery - the River Clyde, to street-life and markets, social deprivation and religious tension, and traditional Scottish sport and play. Delivered with spirit, feeling and laughter, ‘Glaschu’ tells the story of growing up as an urban Gael and revels in the wit and vivid songwriting of some of the great Glaswegian Gaels. Mary Ann is joined by guitarist and long-time musical partner Finlay Wells (Coast, Sorren MacLean) from Oban. Finlay is one of the finest players on the scene, gaining plaudits from the likes of producer, Jerry Boys. He has collaborated with Mary Ann for many years, on projects such as the Campbells of Greepe and Mary Ann’s debut album, An Dàn, developing a unique and highly intuitive style of accompanying Gaelic song that draws on his background in pop, rock and jazz.
“Mary Ann Kennedy is one of the finest interpreters of Gaelic song and an inspiring and vital force on the traditional Scots music scene” Songlines Magazine
“This is one from the heart… which finely expresses her commitment to Gaelic song as an ongoing culture.” Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman
Mary Ann's website: http://bit.ly/2wNZaiG
More about her latest album on ARC Music: http://bit.ly/2V2sn5f.
Doors open at 6.30pm (note our earlier than usual start time!). The Finnish Church (Lontoon merimieskirkko) runs an unlicensed bar serving drinks and Finnish snacks. It is a short walk from Rotherhithe Station and is open from 2pm (consider a pre-gig sauna!).