Christine Primrose

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Christine Primrose

One of the great Gaelic singers, Christine Primrose is a native speaker of Scottish Gaelic, and has been singing traditional Gaelic song all her life. Originally from Carloway, a village on the west side of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, she has travelled the world singing and teaching, blazing a path that many other Gaelic singers have followed. A multiple prize-winner at the Mod and the Pan Celtic Festival, and more recently awarded 'Gaelic Singer of the Year' at the Scots Traditional Music Awards in 2009, she has rightly become an extremely  highly regarded and sought after artist and tutor.

Her first album, Àite mo Ghaoil, was released in 1982 - at a time when traditional Gaelic singing was not widely known or appreciated - and broke many barriers, helping to introduce Gaelic song to a wider non-Gaelic speaking audience both in Scotland and beyond. “In retrospect, this is an album that broke the mould,” Robin Morton of Temple Records wrote on the albums re-release in 1993. She has since recorded several other albums for Temple Records, working both solo and with the renowned Scottish harp player Alison Kinnaird.

Christine has frequently appeared on television, mainly as a singer, but has also presented a 12 series Gaelic magazine programme, as well as numerous radio programmes. In 1995 she was part of the cast as a singer in a Tag production (Theatre Company in Glasgow) which ran for three months.

She has toured extensively in Northern America and Canada, Australia and Europe, conducting workshops, giving concerts and recitals. She also took part in the prestigious Smithsonian Folklife Music Festival in Washington USA, as part of 'Scotland at the Smithsonian', along with Alison Kinnaird.

Now based on the Isle of Skye, Christine teaches Gaelic song at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College, and also continues to record and tour.