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Secret Gig Revealed

PA 105 with text: Talitha MacKenzie in Concert--My Road to Referendum

The Venue for the Secret Gig is 25 Haddington Place, Edinburgh EH7 4AF
Time is 7.00 PM, this Sunday 14th September
Entry by donation

If you would like to come along, please email chris@gaita.co.uk as places are limited.

Hope to see you there!


Indiegogo Campaign is now live!

Saltire and US Flag

You can follow my own Road to Referendum: http://igg.me/at/Rd2Ref as I try to survive for a month, having spent all my food money on UK Citizenship, in the hope of voting in the upcoming Referendum on Scottish Independence.

In addition to this, I will be performing a 'secret gig' in Edinburgh on Sunday, the 14th of September--please contact us for more information. Entrance by donation.

Please help me reach my target of £1033 by the 20th of September!

Road to Referendum

Saltire and Talitha Mackenzie sewing an American flag

The drive is on to raise funds necessary for UK Citizenship so that I can vote in the upcoming Scottish Referendum. Watch this space for secret gigs and other news of the fundraising campaign.

Target Amount: £1033 / $1776

Ready, steady, GO!!!

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.


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.

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