Well-known Gaelic singer Ishbel MacAskill dies

Ishbel MacAskill Ishbel MacAskill promoted Gaelic across the Highlands and Islands

Gaelic singer Ishbel MacAskill has died at her home in Inverness.

The 70-year-old was formerly from Point on Lewis and had been involved in the promotion of Gaelic culture and language.

She taught Gaelic across the Highlands and Islands and in 2006 contributed songs to a hand-held device for use by visitors to Uig beach on Lewis.

Fellow singer Arthur Cormack said MacAskill was the "golden voice" of Gaelic song.

Recently, the singer lent her support to Plockton's National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music following concerns about future funding.

Mr Cormack said MacAskill had a unique voice that was both traditional Gaelic, but also slightly polished.

He said: "I have heard her described as the golden voice of Gaelic song and other such things and she really was like that.

"She was a wee bit of a diva by her own admission, but in a nice way, and she was well loved by the public."

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