Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay

Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay
Image credit: Katie Bennett, Embellysh Photography. Courtesy Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Rebecca and Donald’s music has been likened to that of a good Scotch whisky: delightfully smooth, full of character and highly addictive. With voices that can instantly transport you to another place and time, Donald’s traditional songs from his native Scotland are beautifully complemented by Rebecca’s insightful Australian originals.

Rebecca is well-known on the Australian folk circuit for her gracefully grounded solo performances, inspired songwriting and sensitive cello playing. In 2008, Rebecca met Donald while touring in the UK as guest cellosinger with Aussie group Cloudstreet, and soon found herself living in Scotland, immersed in traditional Scottish music and culture.

Born and bred in the lowland hills west of Glasgow, Donald has been singing traditional Scots songs for as long as he can remember and has spent the last three decades honing his skills as a singer, guitarist and bodhran player. Donald has played in sessions all over the UK and beyond where he is always a welcome addition due to his vast repertoire and sheer love of the Scots song.

Since joining their music and lives together, they have toured Scotland, New Zealand and Australia, sharing songs from their two albums, ‘Over Burns and Braes’, and ‘Joys that never weary’.

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This article was updated on May 22, 2023