Sheena Wellington

1944 -

Folk singer. Born in Dundee, Wellington was educated at the Harris Academy, where she was a soloist in the school choir. She began singing at a local folk club. After school she joined the navy, where her postings included the Royal Naval Air Station at Lossiemouth. Thereafter, Wellington and her husband ran a bed-and-breakfast in St. Andrews. She sang at a local club, appeared at folk festivals and produced her first album, Kerelaw. This led to a regular slot on Radio Tay, further albums and international tours.

She is particularly passionate for the songs of Robert Burns (1759-96) and is best known for performing his A Man's A Man For A' That at the opening of the re-established Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Wellington has also served as Trustee of the Scottish Arts Trust, a Patron of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland and of Voluntary Arts Scotland. She was a member of the Scottish Culture Commission, set up by First Minister Jack McConnell (b. 1960) to prioritise cultural matters and enable creative expression for all.

Wellington has received honorary degrees from the University of St. Andrews (2000), the University of Dundee (2006) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (2007).

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