Michael Marra

1952-2012

Michael Marra was one of Scotland’s most prolific songwriters, and a much loved and respected figure in many artistic areas. His songs have been recorded by Frankie Miller, Kiki Dee, Leo Sayer, Fairport Convention, June Tabor, Hue and Cry, Barbara Dickson and many others. Although predominantly known as a songwriter, Michael worked extensively in film, theatre, radio and television. To most he was a solo performer, touring the length and breadth of Britain in Arts Centres, theatres, folk clubs and village halls. He opened concerts for such diverse people as Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Todd Rundgren, Loudon Wainwright 111 and Barbara Dickson and performed with Patti Smith, Deacon Blue and Hue and Cry. He appeared both in Washington DC and Melbourne, Australia in the show ‘In Flagrant Delicht’, a collaboration with poet and playwright Liz Lochhead, and performed original songs with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish National Orchestra, Concerto Caledonia, Mr McFall’s Chamber and his own Quintet.

In theatre, Michael wrote original music and worked both as an actor and musical director with Communicado, Wildcat, Theatre Babel, John McGrath, Frank McConnell, National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep. His operetta ‘If The Moon Can Be Believed’ was performed at Dundee Rep to sellout audiences. Michael was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Dundee University in recognition
of his contribution to the cultural profile of his home town.