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Nuala Kennedy

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Nuala Kennedy grew up in Dundalk, Ireland where she was a member of the ceilidh band Ceoltoiri Oga Oghrialla. In 1995 she moved to Scotland and she now lives near Kincraig in the Highlands. She is best known for her work with trio Fine Friday, with whom she has toured extensively and recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, “Gone Dancing” (2002) and “Mowing the Machair” (2004). An accomplished and versatile musician, with a wide repertoire of Scottish traditional and contemporary music, she is much in demand as a session musician and plays occasionally with the Celtic Big Band “The Unusual Suspects”. Nuala has tutored flute at the Boxwood Flute School in Canada and on the Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle University. She has worked for Channel 4 ‘ideas factory’, teaches regularly for Feisean Nan Gaidheal and assists teachers using ABC, an innovative new creative music program for primary schools.

In 2005 Nuala was awarded a scholarship to complete an immersion course in Scottish Gaelic and returned for a fourth year as a soloist to the Celtic Colours International Festival in October 2006. She has developed strong links with Cape Breton and the music and people there. She was the recipient of the 2006 Thyne Scholarship to investigate living composers in Cape Breton.

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