New projects and album

Sketch in Italy

Belated 2011 greetings from a Technophobe Folk Musician! :)

Hope everyone has been enjoying the last of the dry and over zero weather… I was lucky to enjoy some lovely gigs this summer, starting with the Island Tapes and the St Kilda Tapes gigs in Skye, Strathpeffer, Dresden and Orkney, and an unforgettable gig at Yn Cruinnaght on the Isle of Man with the brilliant Ross Martin and Angus Lyon. Following a fantastic gig with a wonderful audience we had a live onstage arm wrestle between Ross and a brave Malcolm Stitt! Still laughing about that one… We put some photos up on the Facebook page to mark the occasion:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maeve-Mackinnon/208435172505841

Studio action

The last few days I’ve been in the studio recording vocals for the mighty Sketch. I enjoyed a couple of great gigs with Sketch this summer at Tartan Heart Festival, followed by Magiaceltica in Northern Italy… Fantastic weather and great on-stage energy! We’ve got an album coming out in 2012 as well as 5 Scottish gigs at the end of October and into November so keep an eye on my gig list, or check out http://www.totalsketch.com

Also this summer I enjoyed some lovely gigs with Lauren MacColl and Ewan MacPherson as “Cula”, and hope to do some further collaboration soon.

Currently in production is my new solo album, which some of us are dubbing “The Never-ending Album (Part 2)”… We hope to share it with you in 2012.

In the meantime I am getting ready to broadcast a songwriting commission for BBC Scotland’s Global Gathering, which I’m mightily excited about. “The Exile” is an exciting musical journey comprising 4 movements, 3 languages, 2 choirs, several soloists and a dream-team of backing musicians. It explores the links between 2 emigrant cultures; Gaelic Scotland and Wolof of Senegal, through “Call and Response” song, and will be broadcast in December this year.

More details to follow! Mx