January 22, 2011
Anna MacDonald is a singer and songwriter of folk songs that show her celtic roots. A multi-instrumentalist she is able to play the piano, guitar and clarsach which she beautifully intertwines with both English and Gaelic songs.
Anna was raised in Glasgow but spent every summer on the Isle of Skye where her family’s roots run deep. Her Highland connections had a strong influence on her from an early age: Anna learned more from the family ceildihs she attended than she ever did in school. In 2003 Anna spent a year studying at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College, which cemented her love for the language.
Having completed successful sets at the Colonsay Music Festival and the Jura Music Festival with her partner in crime, fiddler Jen MacNeil, 2010 kicks off with the opening slot at the Celtic Connections’ emerging talent Danny Kyle stage.
On 17th October Anna MacDonald launched her new EP “You held out your Hand” at Samuel Dow’s in Glasgow on 17th October 2010. Joined by some very special guests from the Scottish folk scene she also raised several hundred pounds for OxJam!
Her EP has lead her to appear in local and national media including BBC nan Gàidheal, The Glasgow Herald, Celtic Music Radio and Radio 4’s “Miller’s Tale” to name a few.
Celtic Radio Comments:
Start out the new year right with music from a fresh new voice direct from Scotland - Anna MacDonald will have you toe tapping and singing along to her brand new EP in no time. This lass from Scotland has a beautiful, but powerful voice and her musical instrument abilities and talent will just blow you away. Our favorite track, Ged is Grianach, is a Gaelic song that has a wonderful and catchy melody, highlighting Anna's charming and lovely voice. 5 Gaelic Stars from Celtic Radio!