Maggie MacInnes

Maggie MacInnes is one of Scotland's foremost
Gaelic singers and clarsach players. She comes
from a long line of singers from the island
of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
NEWS

Summer 2014 Gig Dates

Hebridean Celtic Festival

An Lanntair, Stornoway, Lewis, 19th July,
2014 • Maggie MacInnes Trio
www.hebceltfest.com


Lorient Interceltic Festival

2nd - 6th August, 2014
Maggie MacInnes & Anna Massie
www.festival-interceltique.com


Celtic Connections Festival 2013.
Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow, 26th January, 2013
Maggie MacInnes presents the life and songs of Flora MacNeil with special guests including The Boys of the Lough, Anne Lorne Gillies, Arthur Cormack, Peadar O' Riada, the Cùil Aodha Choir and others...

Singer and clàrsach player, Maggie MacInnes will give us an insight into the life of her mother, the great Traditional Gaelic Singer, Flora MacNeil from the Hebridean island of Barra. Singing some of the songs Flora has brought to the fore from her rich family singing tradition, Maggie along with some very special guests will take us through the incredible journey which has taken Flora from a small croft on Barra to the stages of the world and made her an  iconic figure in field of traditional music worldwide.  While some of the other guests are still to be confirmed the Guest of Honour for the evening will, of course, be Flora MacNeil herself.


Maggie MacInnes accompanied by Brian McAlpine
Barra and Beyond: Songs of the Western Isles
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Friday, August 17th • 6.45pm start*


Colum Sands & Maggie MacInnes
The Seedboat (Bàta an t-Sìl)
March 29 and 30, 2012 • Co Antrim
Songs old and new from the heart of Ireland and Scotland

Maggie MacInnes and Colum Sands

Colum Sands and Maggie MacInnes bring two performances of their unique bilingual show, The Seedboat, to County Antrim next week.
 
Their blend of songs and stories across the waves was critically acclaimed at Edinburgh Festival and should be equally at home in The Braid Centre on the opening night of Ballymena Arts Festival where Maggie and Colum are joined by Willie Drennan and Martin Donohue for a special Sharing of Tradition Concert
Thursday 29th of March • Tickets 028 25635900
www.thebraid.com
 
On the following night Colum and Maggie drop anchor for The Seedboat show in the picturesque setting of Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club.
Coast Road, Cushendall.
Friday 30th of March 8.30pm • Tickets 028 21771331
www.csbc.co.uk
 
“The Seedboat is a totally captivating experience of tunes, songs and rememberings crafted together seamlessly by two master musicians...
a journey for the soul.”
Jan Neary


The Maggie MacInnes Trio
Celtic Connections Festival, Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Maggie performs material from her previous six albums and currently-in-progress seventh, including a few Scots songs, accompanied by Brian McAlpine (piano/accordion) and Anna Massie (guitar).

To book tickets click here: www.celticconnections.com

Anna Massie Brian Mcalpine

Anna Massie
Equally at home as accompanist or melody player, Anna Massie is one of Scotland’s foremost guitarists. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, she also excels on the fiddle and mandolin. As well as being a member of Blazin’ Fiddles and The Unusual Suspects and working in a duo with the fantastic Mairearad Green, the past few years have seen her perform with her own band, Kate Rusby, Karen Matheson, Capercaillie and Eddi Reader. Three time nominee for Best Instrumentalist at the Scots Trad Music Awards (2005, 2008 and 2010), she is a talented musician and “another wonderful example of how youth embraces and refreshes traditional culture. Excellent." Graham Radley, Netrhythms. CONTACT: info@annamassie.com

Brian Mcalpine
Brian has now appeared on more than 40 albums and performed with many fine musicians including The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Session A9, 2004 Gaelic singer of the year Maggie MacInnes, 2010 Gaelic singer of the year Eilidh MacKenzie, The Pearlfishers, Iron Horse, Ray Wilson,The Unusual Suspects Alyth and Jerry Lee Lewis among many others.

Working as Musical Director, Brian has had great success with the ambitious 'Flower of the West' at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 'The Gordon Duncan Memorial Concert', as Scottish MD with Indian Master musician Trilok Gurtu for the opening of Perth Concert Hall and most recently MD with Karine Polwart for 'The Scottish Songbook' concert at Celtic Connections 2010 featuring Session A9 as the house band and appearances by Ricky Ross, BA Robertson, Michael Marra and king Creosote.

Highly regarded as a writer, arranger and producer, Brian has worked on music for theatre, TV documentary, commercials and most recently was Musical Director/ Composer for the feature film 'You Instead' shot at T-in the Park 2010 by David MacKenzie


The Carrying Stream Festival, Edinburgh
November 10, 2011
Oddfellows Hall – Malones Irish Bar, Forrest Rd, Edinburgh

Tickets: £15:00, £12:00 (conc), £10:00 (members)

Maggie will be part of a concert to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the First People’s Festival Ceilidh (in which Maggie's mother, Flora MacNeil, took part). Maggie will be performing along with Phil Cunningham, Sheila Stewart, Jean Redpath, Margaret Bennett, Jock Duncan, Scott Gardiner, Steve Byrne, Lucy Pringle & Chris Wright, Donald MacKay, Talitha MacKenzie.

www.carryingstreamfestival.co.uk


Blas Festival
September 10, 2011
Strontian
www.blas-festival.com

Maggie will be performing The Seedboat with Colum Sands on Saturday 10th September in Strontian as part of the Blas Festival 2011


The St. Mungo Festival
Multi-Cultural Gala Concert

January 8, 2011 • 7.30pm start
St. Andrews in the Square
Glasgow

Maggie MacInnes and other performers in the St Mungo Festival Gala Concert

The festival takes the theme Mungo's Bairns and explores what it means to be Glaswegian. For more information visit www.stmungofestival.com


“The Seedboat sails from Barra shore, young Donald’s gone to Newry
And though he swears a swift return, till then she’ll miss him dearly...”

These lines are from a beautiful bitter-sweet love song that has inspired two musicians from either end of The Seedboat’s voyage to embark on an exciting new journey of music and song. The song is one of the great treasures of the Scottish Gaelic tradition and now, some two centuries after it first saw light of day, it sails again as Maggie MacInnes and Colum Sands invite you to find a seat amidst the cargo of clàrsach, guitar and a bi-lingual blend of songs old and new celebrating the musical bridges between Ireland and Scotland.

The Seedboat CD — Colum Sands and Maggie MacInnes

A new CD of the music from the show will be released in August on Colum's record label, Spring Records.



Maggie's most recent CD
A Fàgail Mhiughalaigh (Leaving Mingulay)
is now available from the Recordings page via PayPal

Maggie MacInnes New CD Leaving Mingulay

In 2007 I was asked to provide music for a documentary being made by MNE Media and commissioned by BBC Scotland, all about the island of Mingulay. The island lies about twelve miles south of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and was last inhabited in 1912. I was delighted to get involved in this project as I have close family connections with the island and have always had a fascination for the place. My great-grandparents on my mother’s side, Michael Gillies and Cairistiona Gillies née MacNeil, were from Mingulay and some of my granny’s siblings were born there before the family moved to Barra in 1883.

Maggie's Great Granny, Cairistiona Gillies née MacNeil
Maggie's great granny, Cairistiona Gillies née MacNeil

The Mingulay side of my family has always been rich in music, song, stories and folklore and so it was with particular interest that I looked more closely into the lives of the people on the island. Their struggle to survive in such a remote, windswept, beautiful but harsh place in a fast changing world supported only by their strong sense of community and their faith, is a powerful and moving story.

The music on this CD includes some of the music from the documentary (called “A Fàgail Mhiughalaigh”) which has, with the kind permission of MNE Media and MGAlba, been added to, re-arranged and re-mixed. I have also added some entirely new tracks.

Mingulay Ruins
Ruins on Mingulay

Maggie MacInnes at the ruins in Mingulay
Maggie pictured in the ruins of the old church, which was
the only two storey building on Mingulay

CONTACT DETAILS

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MARRAM MUSIC

Marram Music is Maggie's own record
company. For more information visit:
www.marrammusic.com


CONCERT DATES

August 2014
Lorient Interceltic Festival
2nd - 6th August, 2014
Maggie MacInnes & Anna Massie

July 2014
Hebridean Celtic Festival
An Lanntair, Stornoway, Lewis, 19th July,
2014 • Maggie MacInnes Trio

January 2013
Celtic Connections Festival
Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow, 26th January,
2013, Maggie MacInnes presents the life
and songs of Flora MacNeil with special
guests including The Boys of the Lough,
Anne Lorne Gillies, Arthur Cormack,
Peadar O' Riada, the Cùilaoidh Choir
and others...

March 2013
St Patrick's Weekend Cultural Concert
Monday 18 • Colum Sands and Maggie MacInnes
with Willie Drennan, Jarleth Henderson
and many more! Starting 3pm
Ann Street, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

February 2012
Maggie MacInnes Trio
Celtic Connections Festival
Wednesday 01
www.celticconnections.com

Maggie will be taking part in various events
at this traditional music school
from Wednesday 15 - Sunday 19
Sciol Cheoil an Earraigh
Ballyferriter
Dingle Peninsula
Co.Kerry, Ireland
www.scoilcheoil.com

March 2012

Maggie MacInnes
with Anna Massie
Cinema Teatro Nuovo
VARESE, Near Milan, Italy
Friday 9th, 21h
Contact: Geomusic
+39 035 732005

Maggie MacInnes
with Anna Massie
Turin Folk Club
Turin, Italy
Saturday 10th
http://www.folkclub.it

Maggie MacInnes
Wednesday 21
Edinburgh Folk Club
The Pleasance Cabaret Bar
Edinburgh

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Thursday 29 • 8pm
Ballymena Arts Festival,
The Briad Arts Centre,
Ballymena, N. Ireland

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Friday 30 • 8.30pm
Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club
Coast Road, Cushendall.
Tickets 028 21771331
www.csbc.co.uk

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Saturday 31
CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

August 2012

Maggie MacInnes
accompanied by Brian McAlpine
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Friday, 17th August • 6.45pm start
Barra and Beyond: Songs from the Western Isles
AMC @ St. Brides, Edinburgh
Book tickets here

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Monday 20th August • 3pm
Farnham Arms Hotel  
The All Ireland Fleadh
Co Cavan
Please note this is an afternoon concert starting at 3pm
Comhaltas.ie website

October 2012

Maggie will be performing at the
Scoil Seamus Ennis Festival
called The Return to Fingal
in Ballyboughal, near Dublin.
27th & 28th October, 2012

December 2012
Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame
Dinner Dance, Alexandra Hotel, Fort William
7th December • 7.30pm.
Maggie will be performing along with her
mother, Flora MacNeil, who was inducted
into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

CONCERT DATES 2011

November 2011
The Carrying Stream Festival, Edinburgh
Thursday 10, 8pm
www.carryingstreamfestival.co.uk

September 2011
The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Wednesday 7
Irvine Folk Club

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Friday 9
Girvan Folk Club

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Saturday 10
Strontian
www.blas-festival.com

June 2011
Maggie is the special guest singer
at the Ayrshire Gaelic Forum Ceilidh
Tuesday 14, Burns Conference Centre
Kay Park, Kilmarnock • 7.30pm
Tel: 01294 5545565

CONCERT DATES 2010

January 2010
Thursday 21 • Celtic Connections Festival
St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow
Tel: 0141 353 8000
www.celticconnections.com

March 2010
Thursday 18 • Live at the Star
St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow
Tel: 0141 563 045
www.starfolkclub.com
Maggie will be appearing with her Trio.

Friday 19 • Universal Hall, Findhorn
Tel: 01309 691170
Maggie will be appearing with her Trio.

April 2010
Tuesday 13 • Edinburgh International
Harp Festival. Tel: 0131 652 0585
www.harpfestival.co.uk
Maggie will be appearing with her Trio.

Friday 30, 7.30pm • Fiddlers' Fling
Craigie Village Hall, Craigie,
Nr. Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Tickets at the door or phone 01655 889511
Maggie will be appearing as a guest of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra

May 2010
Saturday 8, 7.30pm • Burgh Hall, Dunoon
Tickets £12 Adults, concessions £10, Schoolchildren FREE
Contact 01301 703504 or email: administration@fiddleworkshop.co.uk
For more info: www.fiddlefolk.co.uk
An evening of Gaelic and Scots Song with Emily Smith

June 2010
The Seedboat with Colum Sands
I will be performing The Seedboat -
a show with Irish singer/songwriter,
Colum Sands.

Sunday 13 • 9pm start
Rouskey Community Centre
Rouskey, County Tyrone
Tickets: 07847 459428

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Saturday 19 • The Ceilidh Place
Ullapool. Tel: 01854 612103

July 2010
Maggie MacInnes Trio
Friday 9 • Stonehaven Folk Festival

Maggie MacInnes — solo
Sunday 11 • Stonehaven Folk Festival
www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk

August 2010
The Seedboat with Colum Sands
16, 17 & 18 • 8pm start
The Acoustic Music Centre,
Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Thursday 19
Recital Rooms, City Halls, Glasgow

September 2010
The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Thursday 2 • 8pm start
Bagenal’s Castle, Newry & Mourne
Museum, Newry

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Friday 3rd • 8pm start
Farmleigh House Long Mile Road,
Dublin 12
www.farmleigh.ie

The Seedboat with Colum Sands
Sunday 5 • 8pm start
The Folk Gallery Newcastle, Co.Down


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