Nuala Kennedy

ARTFORMS: Music , Flute



Irish-born Nuala Kennedy has been based in the Highlands of Scotland for over 11 years. She is an accomplished and versatile musician. Her flute playing is beautifully lyrical and steeped in the tradition of both Irish and Scottish traditional music

Nuala is a founding member of the two respected Scottish bands Fine Friday and Harem Scarem. A major figure on the Scottish traditional music scene says that “she is at the forefront of a whole crop of dynamic female artists bringing an infectious humour and positivity in their approach to composition, arranging, promotion and performance.”

Nuala has developed strong links with Cape Breton and the music and people there and in 2006 she was awarded a Thyne Scholarship to investigate living composers in Cape Breton. At the 2007 Celtic Connections Festival she received rave reviews for her New Voices commission entitled ‘Astar:Journey’.

Also in 2007 Nuala will be a musician-in-residence at Artomi in New York where she will collaborate with 15 other musicians from around the world to produce work which will be premiered in August 2007. For more information about Nuala see

Nuala is working on the production of her first solo CD, featuring songs in English and Gaelic.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Awards is contributing towards the production of Nuala’s solo CD.

Since the Award

Nuala writes, "I wanted to bring out an album which reflected my own experience, and to a certain extent my Irish roots a little more." The album "New Shoes" has been highly praised and was voted Album of the Week in the Irish Times.