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Margaret Stewart, from the Isle of Lewis, voted ‘Gaelic Singer of the Year’ in 2008. has a long established reputation as one of the finest traditional singers in Scotland today.
Her singing style is firmly rooted in the traditional, melismatic style of her home island, and her reputation as an exponent of traditional Gaelic song is firmly established.
Dr John MacInnes, the foremost living authority on the oral tradition of the Gael, describes Margaret as "a performer who has the verbal dexterity and natural ornamentation of a native speaker of Gaelic; never becoming over-precise or artificial in her diction, nor does she ever distort the underlying rhythms of the language. Margaret sings her songs sensitively, intimately and with unfailing dignity".
As well as appearing on numerous television shows and series, Margaret has also recorded rare Gaelic song material for the soundtracks of such films as Am Pòsadh Hiortach (The St Kilda Wedding) and Na h-Eilthirich (The Emigrants) and for a National Trust commissioned compilation of Jacobite songs for the new Visitor’s Centre at Culloden Battlefield.
Her live performances have taken her to many corners of the globe and she has performed at numerous festivals and although perhaps best known for her exquisite a-capella singing, Margaret also performs with the cream of Gaeldom’s musicians; pipers Allan & Iain MacDonald, Ingrid & Allan Henderson, Iain MacFarlane, Ross Martin and Griogair Labhruidh. Her two recordings with Allan MacDonald; Fhuair mi Pòg and Colla Mo Rùn, are recognised as classics within the canon of British folk music, and her new solo album, Togaidh mi mo Sheòlta, which was released to great critical and listener acclaim.