Showing her excellent taste, and a glimpse of her own talent too, here's a video of young Iris Nairn enjoying a performance by the great Gaelic singer Christine Primrose MBE
Iris comes from a musical family (her father is Robert Nairn, a well known box player), but she's a special fan of Christine - apparently she doesn't do this with other singers!
As with any living tradition, Scottish Gaelic songs have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. So, taking the ipad out of the equation, this is exactly how Christine learnt songs herself; hearing them sung before she was even old enough to speak.
You can find out more about Christine Primrose here
You'll have to wait a few years to hear more about Iris, but watch this space!
Congratulations from everyone at Temple Records to the great Gaelic singer Christine Primrose, who has been awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 'Services to Gaelic Music to Culture and to Education in Scotland and Internationally'. We couldn't be more pleased that she has been given this recognition of her work and talent that she so thoroughly deserves.
Christine blazed a trail for Scottish Gaelic song at a time when it was not widely known or appreciated and is rightly regarded as one of the great singers of her generation. Her seminal first album Àite mo Ghaoil (1982) broke down barriers of all kinds, introducing the living tradition of Gaelic song to a worldwide audience who could appreciate the beauty of the song, and the talent of the singer, regardless of language. She continued to contribute to and consolidate the developing understanding and appreciation for Gaelic song and culture with her superb performances, acclaimed albums and invaluable teaching at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye and further afield.
The award of an MBE caps a remarkable recent period in Christine Primrose's life and career. In 2017 she was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame and was also the subject of an hour long BBC profile on her life and work. In addition, her most recent release 'Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris' - a solo recording of poignancy and depth - has proved a milestone in the career of this increasingly important artist and singer.
Temple Records are very honoured to have supported such a uniquely talented and deserving individual over the decades - well done Christine!
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Photo Credit Steven McKenzie - Cànan Graphics Studio
Congratulations from all at Temple Records to Christine Primrose, who has been included in the 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees; honouring people who have influenced and helped to shape Scottish traditional music throughout their lives.
One of the great singers of her generation, Christine blazed a trail for Scottish Gaelic song at a time when it was not widely known or appreciated. Her seminal first album Àite mo Ghaoil (1982) broke down barriers of all kinds, introducing the living tradition of Gaelic song to a worldwide audience who could appreciate the beauty of the song, and the talent of the singer, regardless of language. She has continued to contribute to, and consolidate, the developing understanding and appreciation for Gaelic song and culture and this latest recognition of her work and talent is most deserved.
Hall of Fame event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “Each year we honour a uniquely inspiring group of people and this year’s list shows there’s a never-ending pool of talent in Scotland. It’s an honour and privilege to see so many fantastic names involved in the Scottish traditional music industry, and observe the impact they’re continuing to make. We are looking forward to hosting these inspirational people and their families at our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner.”
All of the inductees will be welcomed at the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner, held at Glasgow’s Òran Mór, on Friday 27th October. Tickets for this event are also available for sale to the public at www.halloffame.scot
Full list of 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees:
Performers: Billy Connolly, Rab Noakes, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, Kenneth McKellar, Cathy-Ann MacPhee, Blair Douglas, Bobby Crowe, Christine Primrose, Arthur Johnstone, Alex Green Services to Gaelic: Kenna Campbell Services to Scots: Itchy Coo Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music: Jo Miller Services to Community: Betty Verrill, Nigel Gatherer, Liz Clark, Alpha Munro MBE, James Alexander MBE, Rod Mackenzie