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Talitha MacKenzie performing at the Just Festival

Spiorad CD cover

Talitha MacKenzie will be performing at St John's Church Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 4-5 PM & Saturday 6-7 PM (9-10 August).
Tickets are available from The Hub: 0131 473 2015 ~ www.justjust.org for more info

With Chris Elmes (tambura, bagpipes, percussion), Helena MacGilp (vocals, percussion), Tom Oakes (guitar, flute) & Thalia Blacking (fiddle)

Talitha MacKenzie performing at the Chicago Maritime Festival

Talitha MacKenzie on the SPV "Royal Clipper", off St Vincent, East Caribbean

Having recently returned from sailing in the Caribbean, Talitha MacKenzie will be performing at the Chicago Maritime Festival on Saturday 23rd February, singing songs from Scotland and the West Indies.

Photo by Andrew Frow

Spiorad Launch Party!

Spiorad CD cover

Please join us for the launch of the 2012 version of Spiorad:
COLUMCILLE CENTRE, 2 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4RT (next to the Dominion Cinema)
Friday 2nd November at 8.00-10.00 PM
Ceylon Teas and Homebaking by The Monsoon Mountains Tea Company
Free but RSVP to SONAS Multimedia to reserve a place: 0131 446 0723

Spiorad Re-release

The album Spiorad, previously on the Shanachie label, is available now, with a new title track "Spiorad Iain". Order it on SONAS Multimedia. An advance copy can also be purchased from the Birnam CD online shop.

QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE

Barge William Dudley on the Thames River, London

Talitha MacKenzie has been invited to perform as soloist with the Jubilant Commonwealth Choir on the 3rd of June as part of the Oueen's Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in London (2-6 PM GMT). The choir is made up of 120 people from all over the Commonwealth who will be singing a selection of traditional songs from the British Isles. Talitha will be contributing a medley of Scottish Gaelic puirt-a-beul (mouth music) for the occasion.

CONCERT FOR BRÌDE: Early Celtic Music in Celebration of Candlemas

Ann Heymann with clàrsach, Barnaby Brown with pipes, Talitha MacKenzie

A concert of Clàrsach, Vocal, Triplepipe & Bagpipe Music from Scotland, Ireland & Wales, featuring Ann Heymann, Barnaby Brown & Talitha MacKenzie, will take place on Saturday 11 February at the Columcille Centre (2 Newbattle Terrace, Morningside, Edinburgh EH10 4RT, next to the Dominion Cinema). Doors Open 7.30 PM, Concert begins 8 PM.

There will also be a Clàrsach Workshop with Ann Heymann on Sunday 12 February 1-5 PM, at the same venue. Concert Tickets: £10/£8 ~ Workshop Tickets: £10/£8 (£5 for non-participants); Combined Weekend Ticket: £15/£12.

Trinity College Harp

Davy Patton's Trinity College Harp replica

I have recently commissioned Davy Patton to build me a Mediæval clàrsach (wire-strung harp) based on the famous Trinity College Harp, in Dublin. The decoration will honour and reflect my relationship with my husband, Ian MacKenzie. We are still in the process of developing the design but the building of the instrument should begin mid-April and be finished by Michaelmas. I hope to be touring with it in 2012.

Ian MacKenzie Memorial Calendar

Ian MacKenzie Memorial Calendar 2011 cover

The Ian MacKenzie Memorial Calendar is available now at SONAS Multimedia. Click here to order your copy for £4.99.

Thank you to all who helped organise the Ian MacKenzie Memorial Exhibition & Concert on 12 December and to all the musicians who performed. It was a magical day.

Spiorad Buy-back

Spiorad album cover, photos by Ian MacKenzie

Talitha has recently bought back the rights to her CD Spiorad from former label Shanachie. There are plans to rerelease the album on her own label, SONAS Multimedia, sometime in 2012.

Some of the artwork from the album will be displayed in a Memorial Exhibition of photographs by Ian MacKenzie, in Edinburgh on 12 December. For more information see the ZenBends website.

Talitha MacKenzie Returns to America

Talitha MacKenzie demonstrating Highland Folk Dance steps at Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival 2009; photo by Kaari Sullivan

Talitha MacKenzie will be travelling to America this summer to teach Gaelic Song and Highland Folk Dance at the Swannanoa Gathering, NC, during Celtic Week from 11-17 July 2010.

SCOTS GAELIC SONG FOR WORK & DANCE
Highland tradition marries song and movement in a vibrant and exhilarating way. This class will explore songs for spinning, weaving, waulking, milking, churning butter, rowing and more.

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