ABOUT US // MU AR DEIDHINN
Three of Scotland’s finest Gaelic singers join forces to create the sound of SIAN, a project originally developed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal for Blas 2016. Focussing on songs by female Gaelic bards, and showcasing the strength and beauty of Gaelic song, Eilidh Cormack, Ellen MacDonald and Ceitlin L R Smith are joined by accompanist Innes White to create a powerful collective sound, representing their wealth of individual experience.
Eilidh Cormack, from the Isle of Skye, won the Ladies’ Gold Medal at the Royal National Mòd on her first attempt at the age of 18 and was a semi-finalist in BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2016. Hailing from a family of well-known Gaelic singers, she has a wealth of experience starting from an early age, both in concerts and at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Ligonier Highland Games in the US and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. She has performed alongside the Barra MacNeils, Kathleen MacInnes and Rona Lightfoot amongst many other great tradition bearers.
Ellen MacDonald has collaborated with many groups over the years following her graduation from the Traditional Music Course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye. Hailing from Inverness but with strong connections to North Uist and Eriskay, she has grown up collecting a wealth of Gaelic song. She is currently performing with trad music giants Dàimh and also appears often with Gaelic-tronica pioneers Niteworks.
As a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, winner of the Traditional Gold Medal at the Royal National Mòd and with a Danny Kyle award under her belt, at 24 years old Ceitlin L R Smith has a wealth of experience performing all over the world as an ambassador to Gaelic song. She has performed nationally and internationally at renowned festivals including Celtic Colours, Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Milwaukee Irish Fest and Celtic Connections. As well as establishing a solo career Ceitlin was lead singer of award-winning band Gria, and continues to immerse herself in numerous collaborative projects.