Maeve Mackinnon grew up in Glasgow’s working-class Partick district, to politically active parents, involved in such causes as trades unionism, the anti-apartheid movement and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. The activism in her everyday life brought Maeve into contact with a wide range of music. Though Gaelic was a living language for her paternal grandparents it was not the language of her home growing up. It was during childhood holidays on the Isle of Jura she was first inspired by Gaelic song.
She began formally learning the language at 17, and won a place on the Scottish Music degree course at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), majoring in Gaelic song. After graduating in 2004, she gained a year’s scholarship to continue her studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, then spent two years working full time in Gaelic medium education in East Dunbartonshire.
Here Maeve sings A’ Bhanarach Chaoin
In this enchanting performance Maeve sings Horo Iollaraigh.
And a few years earlier singing Fraoch a Ronaigh.