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About Us

Gaelic choral singing has a long and deeply-embedded tradition on Islay. Until relatively recently most of the Islay villages or areas of the island would each have had their own choir. Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle (Islay Gaelic Choir) was formed in 2005 as the successor to the Port Ellen Gaelic Choir which was the last remaining village choir on the island. Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle is now Islay’s sole Gaelic choir representing the entire island. Members are drawn from all parts of the island and we welcome all comers – regardless of their music or Gaelic abilities.

Over the past years the choir has achieved considerable success at local and National Mods.

Our conductor is Arlene McKerrell who has a well established reputation as the conductor of the highly successful Còisir Òg Ghàidhlig Ìle (Islay Junior Gaelic Choir).

Principals and Office Bearers

Arlene McKerrell

Gaelic Reader:
Libby Morris

Choir President:
Fergus Muir

Alison Gray

Alasdair Gillies

New Members
If you are at all interested in joining Còisir Ghàidhlig Ìle please feel free to come and join us at a practice to see if you think you might like it. We meet every Thursday evening in Bowmore Hall at 7.30pm and you will be very welcome indeed. Practices last for around an hour and a half.
You do not have to read music or be a Gaelic speaker to sing with the choir – we provide help with both – all you need is enthusiasm and a reasonable singing voice.

 For more information on the history of Gaelic choirs on Islay, please take a look at our Facebook pagefacebook.

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Birlinn Cholla Chiotaich

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Colla mo Rùn

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Ò Albainn Caoidh

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Sruth Air a’ Charraig

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