an indomitable Scot, Marion Martin probably inherited the spirit so
essential for success in a fiercely competitive world. That she has achieved
it in a far away land is a measure of her grit and talent, for wherever and
whenever she tops the bill, the Scottish spirit beats fiercely within the
breasts of those stirred by this powerful nationalistic music. Twenty hugely
successful albums, countless television appearances and thousands of
concerts attest to just how successful Marion Martin has become and today
she is as symbolically Scottish in Australia as heather, hogmenay and
Scottish roots go deep; she was born at home in Greenside Street Provanmill,
a district of Glasgow. Her maternal grandfather William Richardson of Fyfe
served as an Officer in The Scots Grays and her Father Daniel, born and
raised in Campbeltown on the Argyll peninsula, served in the Black Watch.
He became a prisoner of War and Marion maintains she learnt a great deal
from him about survival, independence and improvisation.
Margaret recalls that Marion could sing before she could walk and at age
four was singing and dancing on stage at the Empire Theatre in Glasgow.
Marion gained invaluable experience in the art of entertaining from several
years of touring in concert parties with the leading British artists of the
expressed ambition on leaving School was to go to London and study to become
an actress, but her practical Father unimpressed by the prospects of work on
the stage found her a job in Glasgow as a Dental assistant!
fate intervened and several years later she returned to the stage in
Australia to great acclaim. Universal Music released her first album in 1979
and this and her many other platinum albums have continued to sell non-stop
world wide for more than a quarter of a century. Today Marion Martin is
acclaimed as one on the most dynamic and exciting singers Scotland has ever
produced. A beautiful captivating entertainer, Marion performs with a fire
and a passion that belies her angelic beauty. Her vocal range and
versatility are simply amazing and her unique portrayal of everything she
sings makes you feel you are hearing the song for the very first time.
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