Mairi per­forms Whisky Ga­lore! theme song

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One of Scot­land’s best known Gaelic singers, Mairi MacInnes, per­forms the theme tune to the hit sum­mer film re­make of Whisky Ga­lore!.

Mairi lived on Ar­ran for 23 years and was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing Fèis Ar­rain 19 years ago and was de­lighted to be back teach­ing Gaelic song at the fèis this sum­mer.

Mairi’s most re­cent per­for­mance was at the On the Rocks fes­ti­val on Eriskay in­spired by the re­make of Comp­ton MacKen­zie’s Whisky Ga­lore! movie which fea­tures Mairi per­form­ing the ti­tle song Gairm na h-oid­hche’(Call­ing the night).

South Uist-born and -bred Mairi, one of the youngest Mòd gold medal­lists, pos­sesses the un­canny abil­ity to con­nect with her au­di­ences on a uniquely per­sonal emo­tional level. These mes­meris­ing per­for­mances make her one of Scot­land’s pre­mier vo­cal­ists and creator of the Gaelic Women CD col­lec­tion. She ap­pears reg­u­larly on na­tional tele­vi­sion and ra­dio.

Mairi has col­lab­o­rated with artists such as Run­rig, Phil Cun­ning­ham, Bar­bara Dick­son, Wil­liam Jack­son, Tony McManus, Llangwm Male Welsh Choir, BBC Or­ches­tras, and sang in the Celtic Con­nec­tions pro­duc­tion Far, Far, From Ypres to great ac­claim. Mairi will be tak­ing to the high road with the full cast in 2018.

Di­rec­tor Gil­lies McKin­non has brought the true story of the cargo ship SS Politi­cian, which ran aground off the coast of Eriskay in 1941 re­leas­ing its cargo of whisky, back to the big screen.

The mu­sic from the film is avail­able on an al­bum, pro­duced by Patrick Doyle and Mag­gie Rod­ford, fea­tur­ing an ar­ray of Scot­land’s finest mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Christo­pher Stout on the fid­dle and Jar­lath Hen­der­son on the uilean pipes. Mairi’s orig­i­nal song Gairm na h-Oid­che was com­posed for the film. Abi­gail Doyle wrote the lyrics for the song and the Gaelic trans­la­tion was by Iain S MacPher­son. The score was recorded and mixed at Air-Edel Record­ing Stu­dios in Lon­don by Nick Tay­lor, who also mas­tered the sound­track al­bum.

Patrick said: ‘It was a plea­sure to be asked by Gil­lies MacKin­non and the pro­duc­ers to com­pose the score for Whisky Ga­lore!. It was an­other great op­por­tu­nity to work with some of the finest Celtic folk in­stru­men­tal­ists in Scot­land. I had worked pre­vi­ously with our key soloists on Pixar’s Brave (Christo­pher Stout, Jim Suther­land, Jar­lath Hen­der­son, Matheu Wat­son and Lorne MacDou­gal), but this was my first time work­ing with the won­der­ful, Scot­tish Gaelic singer Mairi MacInnes. Mairi sings the song Gairm na h-Oid­hche, for which my daugh­ter Abi­gail penned the lyrics.

‘The song is fea­tured in the beau­ti­ful, mys­ti­cal night se­quence, shot by Nigel Wil­loughby, as the is­landers’ row out to steal the whisky from the wreck of the SS Cab­i­net Min­is­ter.

‘This score was a very per­sonal one in many ways.

‘It was an op­por­tu­nity to work on the adap­ta­tion of a quintessen­tially Scot­tish story, which cap­tures the coun­try’s stun­ning land­scape on film.

‘I am also great friends with many of the out­stand­ing Scot­tish ac­tors in the cast.’

The al­bum is avail­able on CD and for stream­ing and down­load across all ma­jor plat­forms in­clud­ing iTunes, Ama­zon and Spo­tify. The Whisky Ga­lore! DVD will be re­leased in Novem­ber.

Mairi with Gre­gor Fisher, who stars in the film.

Mairi at the pre­miere with ac­tor James Cosmo.

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