Alyth is one of today’s most exciting talents in the world of Gaelic song. As well as her solo career she is known for her work with all-girl trio Shine alongside Mary McMaster and Corrina Hewat.
Born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, Alyth was immersed in the music, poetry and drama of her native Scottish Western Isles from a very early age. Although aware of the long tradition in all things Gaelic, McCormack understands that within the tradition there is and must be a constant transition for the Gaelic language, culture and heritage to survive. With this in mind, she recorded her debut album An Iomall (The Edge).
Alyth began singing when she was very young and, having been immersed in this culture, decided to study music. She went to college in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and in 1994 graduated from the RSAMD with a degree in Music Performance. The years that followed were spent touring Britain and Europe with various bands. She then began to experiment with other musical genre and to develop the style of Gaelic music she now performs. In 1998 she was invited to Canada to represent Scottish Gaelic for the CBC/BBC television production ‘Celtic Electric’. Further television appearances include the BAFTA award winning ‘Tacsi’ as a solo artist in 1999 and 2000, a Scottish/Irish production for ‘Tele nan Gaidhlig’ and ‘Togaidh sinn fonn’.
While busy collaborating with musicians Alyth has also written some lyrics and melodies for the project ‘The Colour of Memory’ with Alasdair Joss and Julia Dow, which was released on Iona Records. Their album ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ received great acclaim.
She has worked in the theatre in the following productions: Scottish Ballet’s `Esprit’; ‘The Selkie’ (Dance Productions); Tosg’s ‘Beul nam Breug’ and the highly acclaimed `The Captain`s Collection’. A play about the life and collection of fiddles tunes of Captain Simon Fraser of Knockie, written by Hamish Macdonald and directed by Alison Peebles. Alyth has been acting professionally since 1998.