CLASSIC BALLAD SINGER.
On 1st July
1999, SHEENA WELLINGTON's singing of “A Man's A Man For ‘a That” at
the Opening Ceremony of the first Scottish Parliament for three
hundred years was by critical and popular acclaim the highlight of
that very special day.
“..... the most
moving moment of all”- (The Times, London).
“.... a moment to
open the muscles of the heart.......” (The Scotsman, Edinburgh).
traditional singer, SHEENA WELLINGTON was born in Dundee into a
family of singers and factory weavers.
SHEENA’s repertoire covers
everything from Burns to ballads to the best of contemporary
songwriting, drawing from the rich Scottish tradition passed from
musician to musician through the ages.
A passionate and
articulate advocate for traditional music, she has played a leading role
in the fight for recognition, status and improved funding for
Scotland's traditional arts.
“..she can lay fair claim
to being chiefly responsible for the seriousness with which her
branch of the arts is now taken ...” The Herald (Glasgow)
Honours bestowed on her
for her work include Doctorates from the Universities of St Andrews
(2000) and Dundee (2006)) and
the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (2007), The
Heritage Society of Scotland’s award for her outstanding contribution
to Scotland's culture, the UK-wide Association of Speakers Clubs
Speaker of the Year 2001 and the coveted Herald Archangel for her
Edinburgh International Festival’s series of traditional song
programmes “Work, Sex and Drink”.
She is a Fellow of the
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, an Honorary Life Member and
Patron of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA),
Vice-President of the Voluntary Arts Network and Patron of Voluntary
Arts Scotland, Patron of Lung Ha's Theatre Company and is a trustee
of the Scottish Arts Trust.
Sheena was made an Honorary President of Greenock
Burns Club (The Mother Club) in January 2006, when she became the
first woman in the Club’s 204 year history to be invited to give The
In November 2009 she was installed in the Scottish
Traditional Music Hall of Fame joining such luminaries as Jimmy
Shand, Aly Bain, the Corries and Sheila Stewart.