This course is aimed at
players with some experience of self-accompaniment or playing for others.
Mary Ann will focus on reaching the heart of a song using accompaniment
techniques and approaches to make the most of singer, song and player!
Using a repertoire of Gaelic, Scottish and other favourite songs, Mary Ann
will explore the differences between playing for oneself and accompanying
others. Students are encouraged to bring ideas for songs for which they
would like to develop an arrangement.
Tutor: Mary Ann Kennedy - Glasgow Gael Mary Ann's earliest
memories are of a home filled with song. A classical training - and a
brief diversion running the BBC’s Gaelic news service – led to a career
as musician, broadcaster, composer and producer, now based in Lochaber
with husband Nick Turner at Watercolour Music. A founder member of
Cliar, ‘All-time Best Album’ winners at the Scots Trad Music Awards,
she’s twice winner of the Lorient Concours International de l’Harpe,
double Gaelic Mòd gold medallist, and a Saltire Awardee. In 2017, she
released her debut solo album, ‘An Dàn’. The follow-up, ‘Glaschu’, is
out this month.