The Chieftains – Greenville 10th March 11
“With their exuberant music, the Chieftains make you misty with nostalgia for your Irish homeland even if you’re not Irish.No other band plays traditional Irish music with such spirit and effortless virtuosity.The Chieftains proved that fact once again in their stirring concert Thursday night at the Peace Center.
A highlight of the concert, for this listener, was the wonderful Scottish singer Alyth McCormack, yet another guest, who offered a melting “Carrickfergus,” one of those mournful Irish folk songs that bring a tear to the eye no matter how hard you try to stifle it. McCormack’s voice, with its bright timbre and fast, narrow vibrato, is perfect for this sort of poignant music.” Paul Hyde, Greenvilleonline 11.03.11
Seattle Symphony Hall 17th Feb 09
“The hall was packed and expectant for the arrival of a group that aren’t legends in the opinion of anybody, but in the opinions of everybody…….
But while they allowed a venting of their classics, Rocky Road to Dublin, Mná Na Héireann – a flute solo played by Matt Molloy, Mo Ghile Mear, The Foggy Dew and Cotton-eyed Joe, what was noticeable and admirable was that they found plenty premium space for up and coming artists.
Foremost among them was the Island of Lewis’s beautiful Alyth McCormack…Her lilting voice illuminated a hushed auditorium as an educated crowd, used to, and expecting quality, sat in awe as her incredible voice pierced the Benaroya’s expectant air.
Chieftains, new and old, shine 27.02.08
REVIEW – EVAN GILLEPSIE – Tribune Correspondent
SOUTH BEND, Indiana — The Chieftains’ Celtic party came once again to the DeBartolo
……….The true gem of the evening, though, was Scottish singer Alyth McCormack, whose crystalline voice soared whether she was singing traditional music in Scottish Gaelic or Irish ballads in English. When allowed to hold the spotlight with renditions of “puirt a’ bhéil,” the traditional rhythmic “mouth music,” she was nothing short of mesmerizing…..
Hi-ArtsWebsite Jennie Macfie 24.01.08
Alyth – Main Auditorium, The Glasgow Concert Hall 20.01.08
“……Blessed with a voice of great beauty and purity, any composer must rejoice to hear Alyth sing his work.
Music Review: Moving Hearts, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
The glorious, crystal-clear bilingual vocals of support singer Alyth McCormack, from the Isle of Lewis, either in English or her native Gaelic, were a fitting introduction to what turned into a truly memorable show.
Jan 28 2008 by Peter Grant – www.liverpool.com Moving Hearts Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
This was a reunion to move the coldest of hearts.
….And what a warm curtain-raiser, too, in Alyth McCormack….her wistful songs – either in English or her native Gaelic – made you want to get up on stage and hug her.
The Herald – Review by Rob Adams
The Musical Ark, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 2004
“…as the second sailing of this Ark confirmed there’s plenty of class here, and Alyth, singing ‘I Wonder What’s Keeping my True Love Tonight’ with bell-like clarity and unquestionable sincerity underlined that point big time. “
Business AM – Review by Sue Wilson 2004
“Alyth another bewitching voice…delicate in style…boldly unconventional…but with scrupulously sensitive treatments of traditional Gaelic songs.”
The Gazette – Lewis Review by Maggie Fraser
An Lanntair 2003
“Whether upbeat and jovial or slow and sombre, each number performed on the opening night of the Hebridean Celtic Festival by Alyth was truly breath taking.”
The Scotsman – Review by Jim Gilchrist
The Queens Hall 2003
“Nothing short of riveting was Gaelic singer Alyth, whose voice soared from the outset in a beautifully poised sequence of mainly Gaelic material….They threw in some atmosphere – coloured spotlights, wraiths of dry ice drifting about – but such effects were made virtually redundant by the quality of music and song.”
Scotland on Sunday 2002
“Anyone still needing convincing about the unique richness of Gaeldom’s heritage, or that it remains very much a living tradition, should lend their ears to Alyth for an hour. Exquisitively sensitive in nuance yet unerringly sure.
”The Scotsman – Dynamic Earth 2002“
Recent performances by this young Lewis singer, Showcasing material from the album she is currently recording with the producer Jim Sutherland have forcefully endorsed her fast-growing reputation as one or today’s most exciting talents in the world of Gaelic song. Catch her before she’s the next Karen Matheson”
Arthur Review By Robert Dawson Scott,
Theatre Royal, Glasgow 2006
“Alyth …a heartbreak in every cadence. “