Highland Heartbeat is a music group put together by Fiona Kennedy in 2008 to display Scotland’s beauty through song and dance. This show takes the listener for a musical journey through Scotland’s history and around the country with songs ranging from Raise the Flag for Scotland, My Heart is in the Highlands, 500 Miles, My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose and Loch Lomand. The show called “Belonging” consists of 6 musicians that are incredibly gifted. Together they performing solos, duets and group numbers alongside a trio of pipers called TNT (The New Tradition), the Inverclyde Junior Choir and the Scottish Festival Orchestra.
Fionna Kennedy is from Aberdeen and has performed at the G8 Summit in Edinburgh and at the Queens 80thbirthday. Along with singing Fionna is involved in television, film, theatre, radio broadcasting and television production.
Jim Malcom hails from Perthshire and has released 10 solo albums. He tours the world with his guitar and harmonicas singing both Scottish songs and original compositions. Jim was lead singer for the group Old Blind Dogs for 8 years.
Daisy Chute is from Musselburgh and began performing at the age of nine as Cosette in “Les Miserables” and released her debut album “Simply Jazz” at the age of 15. She was about 18 when her pure vocals won her a part in Highland Heartbeat. She is also a member of the British Classical Crossover group All Angels.
Jillian Isbister is from the Shetland Islands and started performing at the age of 14. At 19 Jillian was chosen to be in this unique musical production.
Maureen McMullan is from Coatbridge and won the International Merit–Based Scholarship to study for a Professional Performance Diploma at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2010 she graduated summa cum laude with a diploma in songwriting.
Darren Maclean is from the Roag on the Isle of Skye and has won many awards for his mouth music. He won his first competition at the age of 5. Darren sings in English and Gaelic (Scottish Gaelic).