Kaela Rowan

Scottish singer songwriter Kaela Rowan sings with her own combo, The Kaela Rowan Band and Shooglenifty. Kaela sings in Scots, Gaelic and English. She loves to sing puirt à beul or mouth music.

Live reviews


"To come from the bustle of Glasgow City Centre to the welcoming atmosphere of The Mitchell Library and lose yourself in the mellow lull of Kaela’s vocal is a tonic for the soul. A perfect blend of styles delivered with assured mastery by a group of highly accomplished musicians; The Kaela Rowan Band provided another example of the genuinely outstanding quality of performance on offer at Celtic Connections" (Read the full review here) – Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio UK at Celtic Connections 2017

"Kaela and her band performed an exquisite set of ballads and Gaelic songs from her latest album ’The Fruited Thorn' which at times was ethereal, deeply moving, and other-worldly.  Her command of her multi-faceted voice and obvious passion for the repertoire she performs is mesmerising and as several audience members commented, ‘an almost spiritual experience.’ This concert was something the Cromarty audience will remember for some time” – Lauren MacColl, Director, Black Isle Fiddle Weekend

"The Inverewe Adventure Travel Film Festival's opening was blessed by the Kaela Rowan Band this September. Making the most of the acoustics in Aultbea’s former WW2 Cinema, Kaela’s voice held the audience with its sublime quality. Accompanied by musicians who demonstrated superb acoustic dexterity, this allowed the singer to demonstrate a rare emotional depth. To say it set the tone and quality for the whole weekend would not understate the impact of the performance. The audience left the night closer in spirit to the sky than earth with a thirst for more" – Kevin Frediani, The Scottish Adventure Travel Film Festival @ Inverewe

"Mesmirising" – Divya Bhatia, Director, Jodphur Riff Festival

"We book a lot of extremely talented bands playing Scottish and Irish traditional material but the Kaela Rowan Band has something special. It's a unique musical approach that is fresh and vibrant, yet totally respectful to the source material. The song arrangements are innovative and moving, but the real star of the show is Kaela's voice. No one juxtaposes power and fragility to such a captivating degree" – Douglas Robertson, Edinburgh House Concerts