Friday, January 27, 2006

Karen Matheson OBE

Karen Matheson has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire, a knighthood) for her service to Celtic music. Here is a portion of her statement.

"I felt so elated and proud. Proud for the band, for Donald, for gaelic culture, and for celtic music as a whole to be recognised in this way. To have been even a small part of this vibrant, exciting time in Celtic music, to have travelled the globe with it, to have met such wholly awesome musicians and to have had such a BALL! I feel lucky, priveledged and indeed humbled, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support, encouragement, enthusiasm and energy over the last 22 years. It is thanks to you all that we can continue our journey and honour what is the at the root of all this - A DAMN FINE TRADITION!!

God bless ya!

pogan mor, Karen"

This is especially interesting considering that in times past a Highlander like Karen who wrote and preformed a song like Waiting for the Wheel to Turn could have expected a trip to the Tower rather than a knighthood.

Congratulations Dame Karen it couldn’t have been given to a more deserving person.