Ishbel Macaskill tribute night

A TRIBUTE night to the late Ishbel MacAskill will be held as part of the Mod nan Eilean Siar 2011 programme of events.

The concert, which will be held at An Lanntair in Stornoway, will take place on Tuesday October 18 2011, and follows on from the success of the Memorial Concert held at Eden Court in Inverness in June 2011.

Ishbel, a native of Point, sadly passed away at her home in Inverness earlier this year. She was a true ambassador of the Gaelic language and culture; and the local organising committee of this year’s Mod are arranging a special charity evening of music and song to celebrate the life of Ishbel in the island she loved, where she spent her formative years. 

Convenor of the Mod nan Eilean Siar organising committee, Alex MacDonald commented: “Ishbel made her debut performing at the fringe of the 1979 Mod in Stornoway and went on to become one of Gaeldom’s finest singing exports.

“The Inverness concert was a very special evening and far from being a sombre affair was a true celebration of her life. Ishbel was an international ambassador for the Gaelic language and sang at venues in various locations throughout the world from Australia to America and many points in between.

“She sang at numerous internationally acclaimed festivals including Celtic Connections in Glasgow, the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton and The World Festival For Island Cultures in Jeju Island South Korea. She had a unique and powerful singing voice with an intensely emotive quality which captivated her audiences, wherever she performed.”

He continued: “She was an outstanding Gael who very was proud of her Gaelic roots and Gaelic heritage and culture in particular. She was passionate about Gaelic and promoted the language, not just through singing, but also through her acting and involvement in Gaelic projects such as the Fèisean movement.

“Her singing repertoire was vast, as was her knowledge of Gaelic songs and this was reflected in the memorable way she came across on the stage in whichever international arena she was appearing. Ishbel was a wonderful, warm hearted woman who brought Gaelic to the world stage in a way that will be difficult to be replicate” An announcement of the artistes performing will be made nearer the time and tickets priced at £10 will be available from An Comunn Gaidhealach in Perceval Square.