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Byline: PAUL ENGLISH

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A Little Bird Blown Off Course Tron Theatre, Glasgow 31.01. 01.02

THE two Scottish institutions vying over the acronym NTS - National Theatre of Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland - present this celebration of the life of a unique American Gael.

A Little Bird Blown Off Course was originally presented as part of the 2013 Blas Festival and is now a theatre/music cross over in this year's Celtic Connections festival.

It's a tribute to the life of Pittsburgh-born folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw (1903-2004) and the priceless archive of Hebridean culture she amassed.

Singer and actress Fiona J Mackenzie tells the story through live music, song, storytelling and displays of archive photographs, exploring and explaining the relevance of Margaret's collection on Gaelic culture past and present.

The result is an intimate yet ambitious piece of contemporary theatre featuring performances from musicians Signy Jakobsdottir, Alistair Iain Paterson, Patsy Reid and Innes White.

Fiona said: "The development and resulting tour of A Little Bird Blown Off Course was a dream come true for me and could only have been improved upon by being given the chance to showcase Margaret Fay Shaw's work to a bigger audience.

"The opportunity to now take it to the national and international audiences of Celtic Connections is absolutely wonderful and a totally exciting challenge, which I relish.

"I am particularly delighted that the many Gaels of the central belt will get the chance to see the show and see some hopefully familiar pictures but also perhaps hear some songs they didn't know or had forgotten they owned."

PAUL ENGLISH

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Date:Jan 3, 2014
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