Maureen Bell

Maureen Bell has a diverse background.

  • A broadcaster of folk music programmes.

  • A singer and singing tutor of traditional Scottish songs.
  • An author of articles and books on the subject of Scottish song and verse.
  • A director of Sleepytown, an Aberdeenshire based publisher of books and musical recordings of an heritage interest.   
  • An event organiser with heritage association Ythan Music Trust.

Maureen is also a competent and humourous speaker and combines this with her singing skills to present a formatted talk, 'Tae The Lasses'.  The talk is based on the women in her book of the same name and is liberally sprinkled with snatches of some of the songs which Burns wrote for them.  These talks are often combined with workshops at which the participants may learn a Burns or Scots song or two.

Burns and Scottish Cultural Associations at home and abroad are invited to enquire about Maureen's availability. A short tour of North America is being arranged for 2003.  Please contact Sleepytown by email with details of your interest.

Thank you.

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Click the icons below to download short samples from Maureen's forthcoming CD 'Tae The Lasses'.

Musical arrangements on these clips are by Fochaber's Fiddler, James Alexander.

  The Gallant Weaver

A reference to Robert Wilson a wealthy Mauchline weaver who courted Jean Armour.

  O' Whistle and I'll Come To Ye

Composed for Jean Lorimer, a frequent visitor to Burns’ home at Ellisland.


  Ye Banks and Braes

Written for the tragic Peggy Kennedy a young woman of whom the Bard was very fond.