Alasdair Gillies’ 80th Birthday Concert featuring Christine Primrose, Alastair MacDonald, John Carmichael, Donald Black and Special Guests.
Alasdair Gillies is one of the most beautifully melodic and expressive singers in the Gaidhealtachd, with a following that extends across the world.
Born in Glasgow to Gaelic-speaking parents from Skye, Alasdair was a popular TV host – who ran two successful careers side by side for over 50 years.
Alasdair took part in music festivals and competed successfully in the Mod from an early age, winning the silver medal aged just ten and going on to win the coveted gold medal nine years later.
He studied dentistry at Glasgow University whilst also attending the RSAMD as a part-time singing student, beginning what became a very successful double life. He said “I wanted to do things my way and I got the very best of both worlds.”
Alasdair made his first album in 1963 for Thistle Records in Edinburgh, going on to record for the Beltona and Decca labels and at Abbey Road studios.
TV was also a very comfortable medium for him and he hosted “A Handful of Songs”, the first programmes done in colour by STV, as well as the BBC’s popular Se Ur Beatha programme.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons and was inducted into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
Use your Young Scot Card discount code at the checkout to get your £5 ticket.