Kathleen MacInnes

The gorgeous, peat smoked tone of Kathleen MacInnes’ Gaelic singing has earned the South Uist native international acclaim and featured in settings ranging from solo unaccompanied performances to adventures with Gaelic-electro band Niteworks, Arabic music specialist Tareq al Naseer and jazz duo Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock.

Despite a glittering singing career - including collaborations within the Transatlantic Seasons line-up, alongside Alison Krauss and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, as well as stalwarts Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and co. - Kathleen's foray into music was somewhat accidental. Through working as an actor and presenter on the BBC - with roles such as in Gaelic soap Machair, and on comedy shows including Ran Dan and PC Alasfair Stewart - she was encouraged to sing when hosting the music programme Tasci.

She has since achieved widespread international acclaim, none less so than when she featured on the soundtrack of the 2010 Hollywood blockbuster, Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and starting Russel Crowe.

Widely hailed as one of the greatest Gaelic voices of the age, Kathleen appears in Orkney as part of the Between Islands concerts - featuring alongside fellow Hebridean Julie Fowlis, as well as Orcadians Saltfishforty, and Shetland's Jenny Keldie.