Cathy Ann MacPhee

Scotland

Born on the Gaelic-speaking island of Barra, Scotland, Cathy Ann MacPhee is regarded as one of the greatest of all living Scots Gaelic singers. Blessed with a beautiful, powerful voice and prodigious memory for lengthy traditional lyrics (which she learned from her mother and grandmother), Cathy Ann was entertaining her neighbouring islanders at local ceilidhs even as a child. At a time when the survival of the language itself is in danger, she remains a bright light of Gaelic music and culture. Cathy Ann has released four CDs on the Greentrax label and teaches Gaelic songs internationally; she has toured with two Scottish theatre troupes and given concerts in the UK, Europe, the U.S. and Canada, where she now resides in Nova Scotia. Cathy Ann has sung at many places from small village halls on Barra to major concert halls and is an inspiration to the ever-growing tide of fans of Gaelic music. She has also acted in numerous theatre shows in Gaelic and English and has often appeared on TV. Recently inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, this will be Cathy Ann’s seventh year singing at Celtic Colours.

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