Mary Ann Kennedy and Finlay Wells to play gigs in Lismore and Oban

Finlay Wells and Mary Ann Kennedy.

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As part of Scotland on Tour, an initiative to support the recovery of live music industry, singer Mary Ann Kennedy joins Oban guitarist Finlay Wells at Isle of Lismore Public Hall on Friday July 8 and The Rockfield Centre, Oban, on Saturday July 9.

Oban-born Finlay Wells is a self-taught guitarist. After classical instruction as a teenager, Finlay went on to study studio engineering and production in the United States before returning to his hometown where he runs his own studio.

Mary Ann Kennedy grew up in the southside of Glasgow, with Gaelic as her first language. Her first band, Cliar, won the all-time Best Album accolade at the inaugural Scots Trad Music Awards and earned her a Saltire Award.

The duo enjoy a long musical friendship going back more than a decade, bringing together different musical backgrounds to create their unique take on Gaelic music and song.

They first worked together on Mary Ann’s family recording project The Campbells of Greepe, produced by Grammy award-winner Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club), and the duo was cemented through her solo albums, released on international world music label ARC Music.

Mary Ann said: ‘We are really looking forward to playing Oban and Lismore this summer. It is always a joy to play in the heart of a community and for Finlay, as hometown gigs, these are all the more special.’

Talented young local duo, Anna and Sarah Garvin, will be opening the gig for Mary Ann and Finlay in Oban.

Scotland on Tour will take place between April 2022 and March 2023. Scotland on Tour will support the creation of hundreds of concerts and performances at much-loved arts centres, town halls and community venues across the country.

More than 120 artists are set to perform at more than 100 venues as part of the initiative.

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