02 Sep 2017
Gilbert McKinnon – I’ll Sing On
Chair: Dr Cameron Tallach
I’ll Sing On is the story of Catriona Maclean Mackinnon, a gifted and successful singer/harpist who lived on Skye.
Catriona Maclean Mackinnon graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in harp, piano and voice. She sang successfully at Mods, the Pan Celtic Festival and other venues including the BBC. Returning to family roots, she chose to live on Skye and enthusiastically revived the Broadford Gaelic Choir taking it to successes at the Mod. She became a friend of Sir Iain Noble, and she helped to teach him Gaelic, while encouraging him in his project to promote the Gaelic culture on Skye.
Still a young wife and mother, she was diagnosed with the shocking news that she was suffering from a life-threatening illness. Showing impressive strength of character, she decided to press on with her commitment to music and her struggle for perfection.
In the midst of this, she unexpectedly found Christian faith and showed ongoing commitment in trying to reach an understanding of her faith and in determining how to live out that faith in the context of her music culture. Her many letters reveal her spiritual journey in those days.
Loved by many, she was an inspiration to others. As one of her friends said, “Somehow, she worried her way into your affection, like a little terrier. All the time, you knew that whatever mood she wore on the surface, underneath it all a deadly fight was going on. She never lowered the flag.”