Talitha MacKenzie
“One of the Great Voices of the World . . . an extraordinary artist.”— Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, BBC Radio Wales

Talitha MacKenzie is best known for her internationally critically acclaimed Celtic albums Mouth Music, Sòlas and Spiorad.  Originally from multicultural New York, she is now based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Talitha MacKenzie's new album INDIAN SUMMER is available from SONAS Multimedia. Hear complete tracks on MySpace.

“. . . the record is a satisfying whole, exploring ideas of history, genealogy and family which resonate equally strongly in the Hebrides and among the First Nations of America.”— Dai Jeffries, Rock’n’Reel

“The performances are faultless. She is blessed with a glorious singing voice that’s warm and expressive.”— Aidan O’Hara, Irish Music Magazine

The Indian Summer Story

Indian Summer musicians: Rhiannon Giddens, Nico Mirande, Talitha MacKenzie, Chris Birkett, Michael Laffan leaning on a dolmen in St Cibard, France

It began as a short set of songs with a Native-American theme that I added to my live performances of Celtic traditional music in 2001. Overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response convinced me that not having these songs recorded would be a missed opportunity. Recording vocals for the blockbuster Troy in 2004 provided the financing that I needed to create this long-awaited album.

Honeymoon Couple

Michael & Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, photo courtesy of Abigail Seymour Photography

When composing the title track for my album Indian Summer, I wanted the song to be underpinned by Ragtime honky-tonk piano but I also wanted to feature Old Timey clawhammer banjo. After deluging my keyboard player, Michael Laffan, with Randy Newman CDs and Scott Joplin scores, we came up with a workable piano part but, being a laid-back kind of guy, his performance tempo was a little on the leisurely side.

MAY DAY, MAY DAY! Calling All CD Angels!

Cherry Blossoms

We are currently raising funds for the INDIAN SUMMER Promotional Tour

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USA Songwriting Competition Finalist

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Talitha MacKenzie's trans-Atlantic song "Land of the Setting Sun" has won 5th place in the World Music Category of the 12th Annual USA Songwriting Competition out of 33,700 entries overall. This is the "World's Leading International Songwriting Competition, promoting the art and excellence of songwriting". For more information, please see www.songwriting.net.

Edinburgh Evening News--Ten Questions

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Sharon Armstrong talks to TALITHA MACKENZIE, a globally renowned singer of Gaelic songs, Composer and Ethnomusicologist

1. What is your earliest memory of Edinburgh and why did you move there?

Indian Summer

Indian Summer cover art: winding road through Pennsylvania hills

Talitha MacKenzie’s long-awaited new album is a celebration of the connection between Celtic and American cultures through the eyes of an artist whose family history is reflected in both.

Appearing on Indian Summer are new talent Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) on vocals, fiddle & banjo and her husband Michael Laffan on piano and vocals.

Download Singles from Indian Summer Now Available

Tracks available for download from SONAS Multimedia for only 79 pence each: Country-flavoured title track "Indian Summer"
Upbeat Old Timey song "Wheeling Island Girls"
"Amazing Grace" in English and Cherokee ("Unelanvhi Uwetsi")
Genealogical pop song "Family Tree"
Country Ballad "Wind Chases the Sun".

Free Leonard Peltier

The song "Wind Chases the Sun", from the album Indian Summer, is based on Leonard Peltier's book Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance.

To buy the download single, please go to http://www.sonasmultimedia.com
For more information on the campaign to Free Peltier, see http://www.leonardpeltier.net
For more information on the artist Martin Ball, see http://www.martinball.net

Wheeling Island

A beautiful and fascinating new book, Wheeling Island, a Photographic History, by Robert Schramm, is currently available from Creative Impressions.

Ajde Jano

For information on remixes of "Ajde Jano" (featuring Talitha MacKenzie) go to http://www.dj-gray.com.

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