Eilidh Mackenzie

Born into a family of singers, Eilidh and her three sisters were brought up in the village of Gress on the Isle of Lewis.

From an early age she has had a strong interest in traditional Gaelic song, an interest that in her paternal family goes back several generations.

Since teenage years, Eilidh has been a keen song-writer, writing for herself, for the bands Mac-talla and Mackenzie, for individual commissions including the Brahan Seer Festival, Lasair Dhe and Sorley Maclean projects as well as various television programmes. In 2005 she devised the idea, wrote the songs for and produced the first ever Gaelic musical “Taigh Màiri Anndra” which centred on the life and work of folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw.

She is a Mod Gold Medallist and founder of the teenage song-group Canntaireachd.

Bel Canto is her sixth recording, second as a solo artiste.