Published: 07/03/2014 12:31 - Updated: 07/03/2014 12:09

Gold standard performances at Inverness Gaelic Society concert

Arthur Cormack
Arthur Cormack

GOLD standard performance is promised at Inverness Gaelic Society’s annual showcase concert at Eden Court this evening.

Taigh Cèilidh/Ceildh House is billed by the Society as informal traditional entertainment, including performances by Mod Gold Medal winning singers Arthur Cormack, Sineag MacIntyre, Iain MacKay, Kirsteen MacDonald and Alex Macdonald.

Arthur Cormack won the coveted Gold Medal in 1983 at the age of 18, making him the youngest ever winner. A member of the Gaelic supergroup Cliar,he also runs his own Macmeanmna music label and received the Hamish Henderson Award for Services to Traditional Music Award at the 2011 Scots Trad Awards.

He will be joined by fellow Skyeman Blair Douglas. A founder-member of Runrig, Douglas was named Composer of the Year in the 2008 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and has released a number of solo albums, most recently 2012’s Leanaidh Mi (I Will Follow).

Sineag MacIntyre from Kilphedar in South Uist won the traditional Gold Medal in Dunoon at the Royal National Mod in 2006 and the prestigious An Common Gaidhealach Mod Gold Medal in 2009.

Iain MacKay comes from Point on the Isle of Lewis, and won the traditional Gold Medal at the national Mod in Inverness in 1972 and went on to win the Seann Nos category at the Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney.

Also representing Lewis is Alex Macdonald from Breasclete, a Mod Gold Medal winner in 2012.

Gaelic television’s first weather presenter, Kirsteen MacDonald from Scorguie, returns to her home town as a singer rather than television personality, having won her Gold Medal at the Royal National Mod in 2006.

There will be further music from new Inverness-based band Marloch, comprising Calum Ailig Macmillan on vocals, pipes and whistles, fiddler Coll Macdonald and accordion and guitar player Iain Macinnes.

There will be piping from D.J. MacIntyre and chairman for the evening is Allan Campbell.

The concert begins in Eden Court’s Empire Theatre at 7.30pm.

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