Arthur Cormack

Scotland

Arthur Cormack is one of the finest Gaelic singers of his generation and a true champion of the Gaelic language. His mother’s family were all Mod singers and she sang in a Gaelic choir. With his father also being a Gaelic singing enthusiast, Arthur remembers being taken to local cèilidhs regularly as a youngster. While his siblings spent their formative years listening to pop music, Arthur gravitated towards Gaelic song and remembers singing at the local Mod at age seven. The emergence of Gaelic groups and singers, like Runrig, raised the profile of Gaelic song and music among a wider, youthful audience. This inspired Arthur and after winning the National Mod Gold Medal in 1983, he went on to tour the world, with Blair Douglas, Mac-Talla and Gaelic super-group Cliar. When not performing, Arthur continues his love of and devotion to Gaelic – the language, the culture, its heritage and song. Through his work with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Blas! Festival, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Scottish Arts Council, and Creative Scotland, Arthur has made and continues to make a huge contribution towards encouraging people to participate in and engage with Gaelic through the language and the art and above all, through song.

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