‘Fiona and Ruairidh on the road’, ‘The Wee Osprey Tour’ is a vibrant concert tour which takes in the Strathpeffer Pavilion, Boat of Garten Loch of the Lowes, Cruden Bay and Fraserburgh starring Fiona Kennedy and young up and coming star Ruairidh McDonald.
The concerts with Fiona and Ruairidh will feature a range of music from ancient highland music with a contemporary feel, through to Paulo Nutini, together with some good chat!
Ruairidh who is 13 and from Aviemore, first met Fiona when he went to one her workshops and was immediately asked to join the cast of her production ‘Highland Heartbeat’ and then ‘The Kist’.
He has since performed at The Edinburgh Festival, His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen, Oran Mor in Glasgow and at a number of important events including The Walker Cup and The Royal Warrant Holders Dinner in Scotland, as well as recently in New York during Scotland Week to rave reviews.
Ruairidh has attended Stagecoach for several years and has had a great grounding in the performing arts through them.
‘The wee osprey tour’ will feature the new release of a song which was written especially for Ruairidh called ‘Fly Lady Fly’ from the production ‘The Kist’. The song is in celebration of the record breaking osprey ‘Lady’ who recently returned to The Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld, having completed the 6000 mile journey which she has steadfastly made for over 20 years.
‘Fly Lady Fly’ launched on May 14th 2013 in London at the House of Lords to highlight the work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Rutland Nature Reserve and will be on general release and available for downloading on iTunes.
Fiona said ‘There’s nothing better than getting out to sing to wonderful audiences at home in Scotland. I’m really looking forward to being on the road in village halls and churches with young Ruairidh and we will be singing lots of well known and loved songs’.
Ruairidh said ‘ Its going be great fun and I’m very excited about ding these special concerts and getting to sing the new song about the osprey Lady.
Emilie Sande started singing in Alford and I want to follow in her footsteps!’
Fiona and Ruairidh will be accompanied by guest artists and twin brothers Colin and Alan Train, both fine musicians, who play piano, accordion and guitars.
Directed by John Bett