SIAN is the self-titled debut album from three of Scotland’s great Gaelic singers - Eilidh Cormack, Ceitlin Lilidh and Ellen MacDonald.
Since the band’s 2016 inception, the young all-female vocal group SIAN have established themselves in venues across Scotland and now present their first record, a celebration of female Gaelic bards.
Originally formed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal for Blas festival, SIAN burst on to the traditional music scene with their unique Gaelic vocal harmonies. With accolades between the three vocalists including MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards Gaelic Singer of the Year, Gold Medal winners at The Royal National Mòd and on-screen plaudits for appearances on 2018’s film The Outlaw King and BBC Alba’s series Bannan, the band are renowned as one to watch.
Since forming, SIAN have performed at The SSE Hydro, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and many other venues across Scotland. Having firmly established themselves on the Scottish traditional music scene, SIAN have gone on to collaborate with many other artists and bands such as Niteworks (with audiences being familiar with the trio’s vocals on their single Air Fàir an Là) – but have now decided the time has come to record material all of their own.
Ceitlin Lilidh was brought up in Ness on the Isle of Lewis. Her vocals also star on Netflix’s Outlaw King, and Skipinnish’s album The Seventh Wave. As a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, winner of the Mòd Traditional Gold Medal and with a Danny Kyle award under her belt, Ceitlin has a wealth of experience performing all over the world as an ambassador for Gaelic song.
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 hailed Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2018. Hailing from a family of well-known singers, she has been performing from an early age, both in concerts and at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Ligonier Highland Games in the US and Belladrum's Tartan Heart Festival. She contributed to music for The Bard's Tale IV, an Xbox game released September 2018.
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, she has grown up collecting a wealth of Gaelic song.
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, Ceitlin Lilidh 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.
Eilidh said: "We all have our individual repertoires as solo singers so there is a wide variety of songs, styles and influences on the album, and each one of us brings something different to the overall sound."
Joining SIAN is one of Scotland’s most sought-after guitarists Innes White, 2017’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year Charlie Stewart and legendary Scottish-Icelandic percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir.
Self-titled SIAN was recorded in June of 2019 in GloWorm Studios and is due to be self-released on 6 March 2020. The album was produced by Donald Shaw (of Capercaillie fame and Creative Producer for Europe’s largest winter musical festival Celtic Connections).
* A-nochd A’ Chiad Oidhche ’n Fhoghair
* Ach a Dhòmhnaill Òig Ghaolaich
* Na Gamhna Geala
* Tha ’n Crodh Laoigh Air Aodann Corrabheinn
* Chan Eil Mi Gun Nì Air M’ Aire
* Bha Mo Leannan Ann
* Thàinig An Gille Dubh Raoir don Bhaile Seo
* Bi Falbh on Uinneig
* An t-Seann Chladh Thall
* Teann Null, Fuirich Thall
* Air Fàir an Là
* Sheòl am Bàta
LAUNCH TOUR DATES
- March 7: Eden Court, Inverness
- March 8: Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow
- March 10: Berneray Community Hall, North Uist
- March 11: An Lanntair, Stornoway
- March 12: SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (An Talla Mhòr)