Griogair Labhruidh

Griogair Labhruidh (born 24 October 1982)[1] is a Scottish Gaelic poet, musician, and hip-hop producer/MC from Gartocharn with strong roots in the Gaelic tradition of Ballachulish in the Scottish Highlands.[2][3] After many years recording the Gaelic traditions of his local area, Gaelic became his dominant language and he is one of the only musicians who can speak a mainland Gaelic dialect, rather than the standard Hebridean Gaelic.[4] Well-versed in the ceòl mòr piping tradition of his own homeland, Labhruidh is a member of the Afro-Celt Sound System and has produced Gaelic music in non-traditional genres, such as hip-hop and fusion. In 2014, Labhruidh became the main vocalist for the Gaelic supergroup Dàimh.[5] He was Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Music Awards of 2015.[6] Labhruidh is planning to release a hip-hop album by the end of 2017, writing, recording and producing the first fusion album of its kind.[7]

Labruidh playing with Afro Celt Sound System, October 2016

He also is a Ph.D. candidate at the National University of Ireland; his dissertation "challenges the influences of cultural colonisation upon the Gaelic singing tradition of Scotland".[8] In addition, he runs a croft in the Ballachulish area of the Scottish Highlands.[2][7]

He is especially notable for combining traditional Gaelic poetry and music with modern elements and themes.

For example, Griogair Labhruidh performed Jacobite war poet Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair's Òran Eile don Phrionnsa ("Another Song to the Prince"), titled by its first line Moch sa Mhadainn 's Mi a' Dùsgadh, ​as part of the Soundtrack for the 2nd Season of the TV series Outlander.


  1. ^ "Griogair Labhruidh". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Labhruidh and Michael Newton. "Interview with Griogair Labhruidh". Gaelic USA. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Dingwall, John. "Scotland's only Gaelic rapper Griogair Labhruidh is up for a gong at the Scots Trad Music Awards". Daily Record. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. ^ "The Band". Dàimh. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  6. ^ "TRIUMPH FOR TRAD TALENT IN DUNDEE WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS 2015". Scots Trad Music Awards. Hands Up For Trad. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Meet the world's first Gaelic rapper". Scotland's Herald. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  8. ^ Stuart Curnow. "Griogair Labhruidh: Gàidhealtachd Warrior". Stuart Curnow. Retrieved 6 January 2017.

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