SCOTLAND | 2021 PARTICIPANTS
WHYTE infuse original and traditional Gaelic song with the newest
techniques in electronica. The band’s sound has been described as
“important for Scottish music in general and Gaelic in particular” (Alun
Woodward, Chemikal Underground Records), “achingly mounrful” (fRoots)
and “moody and alluring” (Songlines). WHɎTE released their third album
MAIM in April 2021 via a collaboration with Theatre Gu Leòr.
WHYTE comprises electronic composer, musician and Scottish Album of the
Year-longlisted Ross Whyte (Aberdeenshire) and Gaelic singer,
songwriter, twice-nominated Hands Up for Trad Gaelic Singer of the Year
and Scottish Government Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2019–20 Alasdair
C. Whyte (Muile/Mull).
Their new album MAIM, follows their award-winning second album ‘Tairm’
(2019), described as “a thing of beauty” (Scots Whay Hae!), and their
debut album ‘Fairich’ (2016), described as “absorbing” (fRoots),
“completely distinctive” (Bright Young Folk) and “cinematic” (Northern
Sky). WHYTE’s hit single ‘Tairm’, from the second album of the same
name, has achieved over half a million Spotify plays.
WHYTE’s awards include the 2019 Scottish Gaelic Arts and Culture Award
and the 2017 Hands Up for Trad/Creative Scotland Nòs Ùr Songwriting
Award for their original Gaelic song ‘Cionran’.
The band’s sound has been described as “important for Scottish music in
general and Gaelic in particular” (Alun Woodward, Chemikal Underground
Records), “absorbing” (fRoots) and “moody and alluring” (Songlines).
MAIM was born from a partnership with Theatre Gu Leòr and is an
extension of the hugely successful theatre production of the same name.
The original theatre production premiered in March 2020 and it’s unique
blend of live music, dance, spoken word and video saw it described as
“unforgettable” (The Scotsman), “compelling” (The Times) and “powerful,
eclectic and satisfying” (Exeunt).
MAIM – the album – is out now.