Mary Jane Lamond is a sharer of songs, stories and spirit. This sharing has garnered her numerous JUNO and East Coast Music award nominations, critical acclaim, and a worldwide audience. Her desire to preserve Scottish Gaelic songs has taken her back to Scotland time and again to share the Nova Scotia tradition through performance and workshops and her involvement in her community in Cape Breton is firmly rooted in the preservation of the Gaelic language.
In Eastern Nova Scotia , the rich heritage of the region’s Scottish Gaelic settlers was kept alive through song and stories. It was in Nova Scotia, visiting her grandparents throughout her youth, that Mary Jane Lamond fell in love with Scottish Gaelic traditions While enrolled in Saint Francis Xavier University’s Celtic Studies programme, Lamond released her first album, Bho Thir Nan Craobh, a collection of traditional material that introduced her unique singing voice and a then unknown fiddler named Ashley MacIsaac. The two talented Maritimers then collaborated on the award-winning radio smash “Sleepy Maggie”.
Mary Jane’s five solo recordings create a respectful and beautiful framework for ancient Gaelic songs and her spell-binding performances make these selections truly come alive.