Alasdair Whyte

Singer

Alasdair Whyte was brought up in Mull and his family home is in Salen. He developed a passion for the language and for Gaelic song at a young age and was awarded the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at the National Mòd in Dunoon in 2006 at the age of 19. He is now a regular adjudicator at the National Mòd. Alasdair is a composer of verse and song and his debut album, 'Las', which includes both local traditional songs and self-penned Gaelic songs, was released in December 2012.

Alasdair regularly delivers Gaelic language and Gaelic song workshops. In July 2012 he led classes at the Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song & Language Week in Banner Elk, North Carolina. In April 2013, he performed and spoke at the International Celtic Congress in Bodmin, Cornwall.

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In addition to musical commissions, Alasdair is at present a researcher based in the Celtic and Gaelic department at the University of Glasgow where he began work on a doctorate in October 2012. His primary research interests are in toponomastics and linguistics, with a particular focus on the place-names and dialect of Mull. He also fulfills duties as a lecturer and tutor at the university, teaching on both courses for fluent Gaelic speakers and in Celtic Civilisation.

"...a beautiful, beguiling and irresistible mix of tradition and innovation. Alasdair writes with rare depth and integrity. Eloquent, impassioned and powerful, Las is a landmark recording" Kevin MacNeil