Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac
Gig Seeker Pro

Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada | MAJOR

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada | MAJOR
Duo World Celtic

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

Press


"Dirty Linen"

“Lamond’s interpretations are conscientious and articulate, giving each song its most lucid and truest expression. There’s no question she’s one of the finest Gaelic singers around today.” - Dirty Linen


"Chicago Tribune"

“Fiddler Wendy MacIsaac showed her mastery of the?wildly varied cadences of the Cape Breton fiddling style.” - Chicago Tribune


"Cape Breton Post"

"Timeline is an excellent example of the background that molded Wendy MacIsaac into the person and the player that she is today, richly steeped in the Gaelic culture and the society of the rural Inverness County. To me, this is what makes her special. As an all-around package, Wendy MacIsaac is one of the best there is. Forget about thinking that her playing gets to the heart of the music, Wendy and her playing will get to your soul.” - Cape Breton Post


Discography

New album SEINN released September 18, 2012

Track Listing:

1.Yellow Coat
2. Air a' Ghille Tha Mo Rùn (It is the Lad that I Love)
3. Òran an t- Saighdear (The Soldier's Song)
4. Keeping up with Calum
5. Rinn Mi Corr is Naoi Mile (I Travelled more than Nine Miles)
6. Angus Blaise
7. Hoireann o rathill iu o
8. Jewels of the Ocean
9. Oran a' Mhearlaich (The Thief's Song)
10. Boise Monster
11. Taladh na Beinne Guirme (The Blue Mountain's Lullaby)
12. If You Were Mine

Photos

Bio

SEINN reflects the great love and respect that Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIssac have for Nova Scotia tradition, and for each other. The record achieves a delicate balance between the musical sensibilities of two artists, showcasing traditional and original compositions among the melancholy of Gaelic song and the joy of fiddle tunes. Some of the material was learned from the recordings of older Cape Breton singers and fiddlers, some songs were chosen from existing repertoires, and some were written specifically for this project. The record fuses Roots arrangements with a traditional presentation, capturing the enjoyment and fun that Mary Jane and Wendy have together on and off the stage

This is a powerful collaboration borne of a long-time friendship and a shared love of Celtic music. Whether it's the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane's steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years. It seems only natural that these two impressive talents now come together to create a true musical partnership, which will combine their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.

On Cape Breton Island, the rich heritage of the region's Highland settlers was kept alive through music, songs, and stories. It was in Nova Scotia, while visiting her grandparents throughout her youth, that Mary Jane fell in love with Scottish Gaelic traditions and song. While enrolled in Saint Francis Xavier University's Celtic Studies program, Mary Jane released her first album, Bho Thir Nan Craobh, a collection of traditional material that introduced her unique singing voice and, then unknown fiddler, Ashley MacIsaac. She has continued to dedicate her musical career to the preservation of Scottish Gaelic songs and has garnered numerous JUNO and ECMA award nominations, critical acclaim, and a worldwide audience for her efforts. Mary Jane's four recordings create a respectful and beautiful framework for ancient Gaelic songs and her spell binding performances make these selections truly come alive.

Wendy is an award-winning fiddler, piano player and step dancer from Creignish, Cape Breton. A born performer, she began appearing publicly at age 5 as a step dancer. At age 12, she began fiddle lessons with Stan Chapman. By age fifteen, Wendy was playing dances all over Cape Breton Island, forming the sound that makes her so recognizable today. With five records to her credit the most recent "Variations" with her Cape Breton Celtic Supergroup, Beolach she is a favourite with traditional audiences everywhere. Wendy has toured all over the world as a solo performer, and with The Rankins, Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac and Beolach.

Established tradition bearers, both Mary Jane and Wendy are skilful, enthusiastic teachers that are in high demand at festivals worldwide.