Dundonian songwriting legend Michael Marra has died in hospital in Dundee, aged 60.

It’s believed that the singer, who passed away on Tuesday 23rd at the city’s Ninewells Hospital, had been ill for some time.

He is survived by his wife Peggy, and children Alice and Matthew. His son and daughter are part of the Hazey Janes, who were until recently touring Europe supporting Wilco. They also toured Scotland with their father earlier this year.

Most recently Marra has branched into theatre work, composing music for The Fairly Mak Ye Work, and The Mill Lavvies, which premiered at Dundee Rep last month.

Eddi Reader, who performed with him on many occasions said via Twitter: “God bless Michael Marra, songwriting GENIUS and wonderful, wonderful man. So kind to me, my heart is breaking dear God.”

The singer is as well known for others’ interpretations of his work – a song about Hamish McAlpine entitled ‘Hamish the Goalie’ was covered by Leo Sayer, while ‘Mother Glasgow’ was made famous by Hue and Cry.

More on Michael at his official website.