Michael Marra tribute on Folkal Point

Michael Marra tribute on Folkal Point

On this week’s Folkal Point on Friday night from 9.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM, presenter Colin MacDonald will pay tribute to Dundee’s Michael Marra in song and words on the anniversary of his death on 23 October 2012.

Michael Marra was a Scottish singer-songwriter and playwright, popularly known as the Bard of Dundee, died aged 60 after suffering from cancer.

Marra’s songwriting was rooted in Scottish life, and he found an enthusiastic audience within and beyond the folk Michael Marra Iona village 2012music scene, which led to him supporting performers such as Van Morrison, Barbara Dickson and Deacon Blue. His song Hermless was regarded as a potential Scottish national anthem.

Michael Marra was awarded honorary doctorates from both Dundee and Glasgow Caledonian universities. He toured England infrequently, but appeared at the Sidmouth, Towersey and Derby folk festivals, and his poignant lyrics and keen sense of humour were in evidence when he shared the stage with Karine Polwart and Chris Wood in the concert The Tongue that Cannot Lie at Kings Place, London in 2011.

He is pictured (above) at Iona Village Hall in 2012 using an old ironing board to place his keyboard/piano on!

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, whom he married in 1972, and his children. Michael Marra, singer-songwriter and playwright, died on 23 October 2012.

Folkal Point with Colin MacDonald, Friday 9.00-11.00pm on 100.8 Revival FM.

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