Mairi MacInnes

Mairi MacInnes - singer, composer and songwriter.

Ceud mìle fàilte! Welcome!

Mairi was born in Baghasdail A Tuath, a small township on the beautiful island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She spoke Gaelic in the home and it was not until Mairi went to school that she learned English. She enjoyed singing from an early age in Gaelic and in 1982 became one of the youngest winners of the prestigious Gold Medal at the National Mod in Skye, achieved at her first attempt. The following year Mairi won the Pan Celtic Festival in Killarney, Ireland.

Since then, Mairi has become a well established singer and is often heard on television and radio. In fact, no Gaelic music programme would be complete without Mairi MacInnes. She has sung for Prince Charles at Holyrood Palace, and also as a soloist at the Edinburgh Tattoo.

Prior to Mairi's first album Causeway, which was released in 1989, she recorded and performed with Runrig. Mairi was becoming a much sought-after artiste and was approached by the Gaelic dance group Mouth Music. She toured the USA and Canada and recorded the EP Blue Door Green Sea before returning to a solo career.

This Feeling Inside (Is Gaidheal Mi) is the best-known song that Mairi is associated with. It was translated into both Gaelic and Welsh to record with the Llangwm Male Voice Choir on their album Ysbryd Y Gael, and performed with the choir and the BBC Welsh Philharmonic Orchestra in St David's Hall, Cardiff, for a St Valentine's Day broadcast for BBC television and radio. The song was also recorded later with The Glasgow Gaelic Choir for the Gaelic Women - Ar Canan 's Ar Ceol album, and mentioned by Robbie Shepherd on BBC Radio Scotland's Reel Blend as his Song Of The Year.

Mairi's songs have been featured on local, national and international radio, notably BBC Radio Scotland, breakfast time Radio 2 and Radio 1. Sit At My Table was played on Radio 2 on Christmas Day, and Mairi has performed on the BBC1 primetime Songs Of Praise programme.

Mairi is the singer of William Jackson's song for Scotland, Land Of Light, which won The Glasgow Herald's New Song For The Millennium competition. The song was selected as a winner from 249 entries, from as far afield as the Faroe Islands, New Zealand and the USA.

Mairi's publishing company Monamore Music was named after the Monamore burn which flows close to where she lives in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran.

We hope this site will help to increase the awareness of Scottish music, but in particular Gaelic music around the world.

Gaelic Mod Gold Medal Winner
Winner of the Gold Medal at the
Gaelic National Mod in Skye.