A Gaelic singer's 80th birthday will coincide with the Blas Festival.

Alasdair Gillies has been described as one of the most beautifully melodic and expressive Gaelic singers.

Born in 1938 to Gaelic-speaking parents from Skye, Alasdair has been surrounded by song his whole life, whether that was the steady stream of Glasgow ceilidhs he sang at, competing at the Royal National Mod where he won the coveted Gold Medal in 1957 or studying part-time at the RSAMD in Glasgow whilst also studying dentistry.

He will take to the stage alongside Alastair Macdonald, Christine Primrose, Donald Black, John Carmichael, Griogair Labhruidh and others to celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday 8th September at Àros in Portree at 7.30pm.

Alasdair commented: "I am really looking forward to appearing at the Blas Festival, especially in Skye, where my heart lies. I will be joined by a few friends, old and new!

The South Skye Camera Club are having an art exhibition of members photographs from 9th - 27th July, open daily 9am-9pm in The Atrium, Arainn Chaluim Chille, Sabhal Mor Ostaig. 

The South Skye Camera Club was formed in early 2013 to bring together photographers from all over south Skye who want to share and learn more about the art. The club now has over 30 members of all ages and from all walks of life, interested in all aspects of photography – from film to digital, from traditional landscapes to contemporary images, they meet every second Wednesday in Sabhal Mor Ostaig.

If you'd like to find out more about The South Skye Camera Club visit www.southskyecameraclub.org.uk


Information is being sought on an innovative artist who had a home on the Isle of Raasay.

Tom Newton, creator of several electronic stucco works in the 1980's, had a self built home on the island.

Dr Stephen P. Castell, touched by the unusual designs, is hoping to find more information about the artist.  He told The Skye Times: "I heard about Tom Newton back in the 1980s, in the early days of the microcomputer and related IT developments, when he had some publicity for his ‘electronic stuccos’ sculptures (or 3-D paintings).

"These were constructs which modelled electronic components, such as computer transistors, microprocessors etc to create large-scale works of art, in coloured plaster.

"One of them, for example, ‘Monolithic Transistor’, is it seems in the permanent collection of the Science Museum since around 1984.

"Back in 1988 Humberts was mentioned in the FT as looking to sell Tom Newton’s self-built home on the island of Raasay.