Mac-Talla (band)

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Origin Scotland
Genres Gaelic music
Years active1992 (1992)-?
Past members

Mac-Talla (Scottish Gaelic for "echo") was a Scottish Gaelic "supergroup" formed in 1992 at the suggestion of record label owner Robin Morton. [1] Morton credited the individual band members as some of those responsible for bringing Gaelic music to wider public attention. [1]

The group comprised three singers: Eilidh Mackenzie, a recipient of the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal, [2] Christine Primrose, [3] and Arthur Cormack; plus harpist and cellist Alison Kinnaird (also Morton's spouse [1] ), described by the Saltire Society in 2015 as one of Scotland's "most influential musicians" [4] and keyboardist Blair Douglas, [5] formerly of Runrig.

The band was described by the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and by The Rough Guide to World Music: Africa, Europe and the Middle East, as a "Gaelic supergroup". [6] [7] Q Magazine also called them a "supergroup". [3]

Their only album, Mairidh Gaol is Ceòl (there is a Gaelic proverb, Thig crìoch air an t-saoghal / Ach mairidh gaol is ceòl, "The world will come to an end / But love and music will endure"), [8] was released in 1994 by Morton's Temple Records. [3] [7] In reviewing the album, Scotland on Sunday said "This has to be THE Gaelic showcase outfit for the 1990s". [3] Rough Guide: Scottish Highlands and Islands described the album as featuring "glorious harmony and solo singing, accordion and harp". [9]

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