Michael Marra, one of Scotland’s leading singer-songwriters of modern times, is to get a major music industry honour - four years after he passed away.
The “Bard of Dundee” - whose songs were covered by the likes of Leo Sayer, Kiki Dee, Fairport Convention and Frankie Miller - will be posthumously recognised in his native city when he is inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in November
Marra, who was best known for songs like Mother Glasgow and Hermless, lost a battle with cancer in October 2012 at the age of 60.
He will be recognised at the Caird Hall in Dundee, along with singer Barbara Dickson, BBC presenter Iain Anderson, actress and Gaelic singer Dolina Maclennan, one of the original stars of the groundbreaking play The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, and Billy Kay, the writer and broadcaster, the first inductee to be honoured for services to the Scots language.
Marra went on to work with the likes of Liz Lochhead, Eddi Reader, Patti Smith, Karen Mathieson and Karine Polwart, as well as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Marra, who supported the likes of Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Deacon Blue and Barbara Dickson, also worked on a number of theatrical productions in the latter stages of his career.
His family have instrumental in a successful bid to bring the “El Sistema” movement, which sees children’s orchestras set up in disadvantaged communities, to Dundee.
Simon Thoumire, founder of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, which was launched 11 years ago, said: “Michael Marra was the bard of Lochee, Dundee’s gravel-voiced chronicler of improbable encounters and real human truths, whose most gloriously surreal imaginings were inevitably tempered with immense warmth and compassion.”