Emerging Gaelic electronica duo WHYTE (Alasdair Whyte and Ross Whyte no relation) released their debut album, Fairich as part of Sound Festival on 21 October 2016. Each from very different musical backgrounds (ambient electronica and traditional Gaelic), their songs have drawn comparisons with Sigur Rós and Martyn Bennett. Following several successful live performances throughout Scotland and radio play on BBC Radio Scotlands Travelling Folk, WHYTEs debut release was recorded in the late summer of this year at the University of Aberdeen and in a cave beneath Dunnottar Castle.
WHYTE began as a commission by Glasgow Gaelic social hub, Ceòl s Craic, to combine traditional and electronic music for a live performance at Glasgows CCA. Taking inspiration from Alasdairs research into 17th and 18th century Gaelic song and poetry the duo set about creating new arrangements of several rarely-heard songs as well as original compositions the results of which feature on Fairich.
WHYTE was named as artist of the week in The Scotland on Sundays Under the Radar feature on 16 October 2016 (http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/music/under-the-radarwhyte-1-4258873) and attracted the attention of BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and celtic-rock.de, each of which have played songs from Fairich. They were also one of three winners at the Danny Kyle Open Stage for the Spree Festival 2016 in Paisley.
WHYTE will be performing at Showcase Scotland as part of Celtic Connections in January 2017.