Alyth McCormack

Born and raised on the Island of Lewis off the Northwest coast of Scotland, Alyth grew up immersed In the culture of these islands. A gifted performer from a young age, Alyth would expand on her traditional background by studying classical singing and drama at the RSAMD in Glasgow. There she enjoyed the freedom to experiment and develop her vocal technique. This combination makes her a unique performer who works with a broad variety of musicians both from the thriving Scottish music scene and abroad.

Alyth has sung at some of the best known concert venues in the Northa America and Europe including the Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles, The Kimmel Center Philadelphia, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Kennedy Centre Concert Hall, Washington DC, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Waterfront Hall in Belfast, The National Concert Hall in Glasgow, The Liverpool Philharmonic and The Festival Hall in London. She has become a popular festival favourite, and one who never disappoints. At home she has given memorable performances at Celtic Connections, The Edinburgh International Festival, The Lammertree Festival and the Hebridean Celtic Festival and abroad at Celtic Colours, Cape Breton and Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France. She has performed with her trio as part of ‘Distilled-Scotland Live in New York and Tartan Day. A performance at the BEO Festival in Dublin would bring Alyth to the attention of legendary band Moving Hearts. Alyth and her band supported them on their UK tour in early 2008 – this in turn led to Alyth being asked to accompany The Chieftains on their 20 date Spring tour of America in 2008 finishing in the Carnegie Hall on St Particks Day. Since then she has also been touring Europe with The Chieftains and recently returned from touring with them again in America on their Spring tour 2010.

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Triona Marshall

 Traveling the world with the Chieftains since 2003, Triona has become one of Ireland’s foremost harpist. She comes from Portlaoise, Ireland and started to play the harp at the age seven, initially training as a classical Harpist. Her studies culminated in the post of principal harpist with the RTE Concert Orchestra which she held for five years. In 2003 she was invited to play as guest harpist for the Chieftains. Since then she has performed solely on the Irish Harp playing with the Chieftains on tours throughout the world including numerous tours of the States, Japan and Australia and many visits to Europe. As a solo performer Triona has given recitals at the BEO Festival in Dublin, at the 9th World Harp Congress, The Edinburgh International Harp festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was also invited to join Shaun Davey to perform the music for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony held in Croke Park, Dublin. As a performer with the Chieftains, Triona has worked with some of the top artists from around the world. Ry Cooder, Carlos Nunez, Moya Brennan, James Galway to name but a few. Triona has recorded with the Chieftains on numerous Albums the most recent being the San Patrico album which was released in March of 2010. She also worked on the film score ‘The Water Horse’ with the Chieftains and has recorded a number of works with Carlos Nunez.   

In 2006 Triona started working with fellow Chieftain alum Jon Pilatzke, Cara Butler, and Nathan Pilatzke. They formed a band called Tread. They have performed extensively throughout Ireland. In 2008 they toured Japan with Anuna as well as performing in Italy and Canada. They also took part in the 2009 Blas Festival in Scotland. In October of 2010 Triona traveled to Asunsion in Paraguay to perform under Maestro Luis Szaran with the Asunsion Symphony Orchestra as part of the Festival Mundial del Arpa. Triona and Alyth McCormack performed together in the Gooikoorts Festival in Belgium and have also just completed a short tour including a performance in the National Concert Hall

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