Mary comes from a singing family in Ayrshire (lots of old Irish and Scottish songs), sang harmony to Buddy Holly on the school bus, and re-ignited a love of singing in Eileen Penman’s “Women and Folksong” class at SMG. She’s been teaching singing groups at the Scots Music Group since 2000. She loves singing informally: the traditional singing and storytelling “ceilidh” is her favourite setting for a song. A member of Sangstream choir, her interests are: song in the family and the community, song books and collecting songs, song writing, and going to workshops/folk festivals/traditional singing weekends. She is also a member of Protest In Harmony choir.
Mary won the 2011 John Watt Songwriting Competition at Auchtermuchty Festival and was chosen to be one of the trainers at Scotland Sings New Song Leader Training course, with Ali Burns and Katy Cooper, in the summer of 2013.
In 2014 she was one of the group who helped to devise the Sangstream show for TradFest, “Reflectit In Sang”, which linked personal and family stories from choir members with songs from the great events of the last 100 years.
More recently Mary helped to produce a new SMG songbook, and has run popular workshops Midwinter Magic (Scots songs for Christmas and New Year) and Sing A Muckle Sang (ballads) in the last two years.