Fiona J. Mackenzie

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Fiona Mackenzie
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Background information
Born Morayshire, Scotland
Genres Gaelic
Celtic
Folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Song Tutor
Labels Greentrax
Website fionamackenzie.org

Fiona J Mackenzie is a Gaelic singer from Dingwall in Scotland, and has toured and performed throughout Europe and North America. In 2005 she won the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at the Royal National Mod in Stornoway.

Career[edit]

In 2004 Mackenzie was voted the BBC Scotland Traditional Music Personality of the Year at the Scottish Trad Music Awards.[1] She was also nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year in both 2005[2] and 2006.[3]

Mackenzie is a self-employed Gaelic Arts consultant and works throughout Scotland. Between 2002 and May 2009 she worked for the Highland Council as the "Mairi Mhor Gaelic Song Fellow",[4] promoting Gaelic song and language throughout the communities of the north of Scotland. As part of her role she organised and managed the young, all girl Gaelic harmony group "Fionnar" who have competed successfully at the Pan Celtic Festival[5] and the Welsh International Eisteddfod.[6]

Mackenzie is a member of the Inverness Gaelic Choir. She also hosts the "Kitchen Ceilidh" on Scottish Internet Radio.[7] In 2008 Mackenzie was selected as one of the Scottish representatives in the Nòs Ùr[8] song competition.[9]

In April 2009 Mackenzie ran a Gaelic singing course with gold medallist Gillebride Macmillan in Andalusia, Spain. In July 2009 she adjudicated at the Welsh International Eisteddfod, including the "Choir of the World competition".[10]

In October 2009 Mackenzie was announced as one of the winners of the "Burnsong International Songwriting Competition".[11]

In 2011 as a result of the Burnsong competition, Fiona and her fellow Burnsong winners have formed a new band named, "The Kilmarnock Edition".

Fiona launched her third Greentrax album, Archipelago, in July 2012. It was nominated for Folk Roots album of the year at the Scottish New Music Awards held in Glasgow on 2 September 2012.

In September 2013 Fiona tour a new production in association with the National Theatre of Scotland, "A Little Bird Blown Off Course" which is based on the life and works of Margaret Faye Shaw.

In May 2015 Mackenzie took up the post of archivist for the National Trust for Scotland, Canna Collection on the Hebridean island of Canna.

Discography[edit]

Published works[edit]

  • Orain nan Rosach published by the Highland Council (2006)[13]
  • Crunluath Collection published by the Highland Council (2006)[14]
  • Duan Nollaig Volume 1 (Available from Fiona J Mackenzie)

See also[edit]

Fear a' bhàta

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hands up for Trad". Hands up for Trad. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Scots Trad Music Awards 2005 nominations". Handsupfortrad.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hands up for Trad". Hands up for Trad. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.highland.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/gaelic/mhairimhor.htm
  5. ^ Marcus Wilson (12 April 2011). "May 2006 Feature: Pan Celtic Festival". Hi-arts.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fionnar in Lochaber". Highland.gov.uk. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Scottish Internet Radio – Profile – Fiona Mackenzie". Internetradio.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gälische Musik". Nos-ur.eu. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "BBC Cymru – C2 – Newyddion – Noson Dda yn Nòs Ùr". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived 8 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Burnsong News". Burnsong.org. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Donald M Mackenzie. "Fiona J Mackenzie – Gaelic Singer – Album Releases". Fionamackenzie.org. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Buy Orain nan Rosach (book)". Footstompin.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Crunluath Collection – New Gaelic Songs Based on Bagpipe Music". Musicscotland.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 

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