Gaelic singer receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

1302562298 Dr Alasdair Gillies MBE Picture date: Thursday 11 October 2018. Copyright: PA Photos NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT OF PA PHOTOS : 020 7963 7305.

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Renowned Gaelic singer Dr Alasdair Gillies received his MBE last week at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Dr Gillies, a trustee for the Scottish Showbusiness Benevolent Fund and chairman of the Gaelic Language Promotion Trust, was awarded an MBE for services to music, the Gaelic language and charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.

Born in Glasgow to Gaelic-speaking parents from Skye in 1938, he went on to become one of the best known singers in the Gaidhealtachd after recording his first album in 1963.

Perhaps most famously, Dr Gillies fronted A Handful of Songs, as well as the BBC’s popular Se Ur Beatha programme. He also hosted the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Ceilidh, resulting in coast to coast tours of North America.