Maeve Mackinnon
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The best kept secret in music


"Classic Albums at Celtic Connections: Lauren MacColl and Maeve Mackinnon"

Monday, January 21st 2008

Two of Scotland's brightest talents brought out another full house in what must surely be one of the most ornately beautiful venues in Scotland.
This concert was in the Classic Albums series and, while it is a little early for either of them to be talking of classics, they are surely both destined for greatness.
First up was singer Maeve Mackinnon and her excellent band. A graduate of the RSAMD, she played tracks from her album "Don't Sing Lovesongs". Drawing on influences from all over the globe, she concentrated on murder ballads such as "The Silver Dagger". Singing mostly in Gaelic and with a truly stunning voice, her most memorable song was, nevertheless, her English language tribute to Dick Gaughan, "The Cruel Brother". - The Herald


2007- "Don't Sing Lovesongs" (Footstompin Records)
2006: "TMSA Young Trad Tour 2005" (TMSA)
2002: RSAMD "No.1 Scottish" (re-released on Greentrax)



Maeve Mackinnon is one of Scotland's leading young musicians. Singing in Gaelic and English and with "a truly stunning voice" (The Herald, January 2008), she was voted "Up and Coming Artist of the year" at the Scottish Trad Music Awards in 2007. Her debut solo album, "Don't Sing Lovesongs" has garnered much critical acclaim, including several 5 star reviews and the honour of "Classic Album" billing at Celtic Connections festival 2008.
An Honours graduate of the RSAMD, Maeve was a finalist in the "BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year" award in 2005 before attending the Isle of Skye based Gaelic college "Sabhal Mor Ostaig". In 2006, whilst recording her solo album, she settled down to a staple diet of teaching, gigs and work in Gaelic Primary School education.
In addition to numerous TV and radio appearances, Maeve has worked with organisations such as Scottish Opera, and continues to work for RSAMD Youthworks, Feisean nan Gaidheal, and also as a session musician in Glasgow.