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“Michael represented the best traditions of the old Scotland, humility, sincerity and idealism from our past, and the best of the new Scotland, hope, a belief in the capacity of people to do good, and in the possibilities of the future.” Gerry Hassan.

Michael Marra, whose subtly emotive piano-based songs are known to make grown men weep"-Norman Chalmers

"Indisputedly the finest song-writer in Scotland, His musical vision is extremely wide. melting 50's pop, church music, Dr John and a Newmanesque eye for beauty in the commonplace" The List

"His in between-song banter is the sound of Spalding Gray relocated to Blairgowrie" The List

"the Immortal Pawky Soul-Folk Bard of Newtyle, himself, Sir Michael of Marra - David Belcher

"Marra's songs are always written for a reason, and the reasons are as
entertaining – or moving – as the words and music." - Rob Adams

"Singer-songwriter Michael Marra, on the other hand, was poetry in motion. His fine writing and offbeat imagination seemed completely at home in the context of StAnza, conjuring for us visions that crossed borders, artistically and geographically: Dr John in Blairgowrie; Bob Dylan in Edinburgh; Frida Kahlo in the Tay Bridge Bar, Dundee. Poetry can do that - cover long distances in a short time." - The Scotsman

"Marra's way with words illustrates a mastery of the song writing craft" - David Innes - Rock n Reel

"Slight of frame, the Dundonian made his way through the crowd to offer up another fabulous, understated show of favourites and new songs with no entourage or ego, making do instead with intelligence, wit and emotion" - Martin Lennon - The Scotsman

"Marra’s sound is more diverse, reminiscent of greats such as Randy Newman and Ivor Cutler. Ranging from heart-aching melancholy to laugh-a-line entertaining - all unmistakably brilliant" - Hilary Donald

"The gravel-voiced chronicler of improbable encounters and real human truths and one of Scotland's finest songwriters - James Robertson

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  • 54
  • Songwriters
  • Dec 27, 1999
  • English

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