Scottish singing star coming to Derry

Scottish singer Maggie MacInnes who will be staging a workshop in Derry. (2311MM10)
Scottish singer Maggie MacInnes who will be staging a workshop in Derry. (2311MM10)

A one day workshop on the Scottish Gaelic song tradition will be held in Derry next week.

The workshop will be conducted by well known Scottish singer and harpist Maggie MacInnes, one of the foremost Scottish Gaelic musicians.

The workshop will be held in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Great James Street on Saturday, December 1, and has been organised by the local singing group, Claisceadal Cois Feabhail with support from Colmcille - Èrin ‘s Alba, an organisation set up to promote links between Ireland and Donegal based on the life of Saint Columba.

Maggie MacInnes was born in Glasgow but her cultural roots lie in the Hebridean island of Barra where she learned Gaelic songs and music from her mother, Flora MacNeil, one of the most highly regarded singers in the Gaelic tradition.

During her career to date, Maggie has performed with some of the best known groups in Scotland and in 2004 was named by the BBC as the Gaelic Singer of the Year.

A prolific recording artist, her most recent album is Bàta a’ t-Síl (The Seedboat), which she recorded in collaboration with the county Down singer songwriter Colum Sands of the well known Sands family.

The workshop will run from 11am to 4pm in An Chultúrlann.

Admission to the workshop is free but due to a limited number of places available, places must be booked in advance by contacting Risteard MacGabhann of Coisceadal Cois Feabhail at ogmios@verginmedia.com or 028 71264714.