WE ARE CÀRNAN.
GUITAR / VOCALS
Arthur hails from Sleat on the Isle of Skye. Originally a fiddle player, he picked up the guitar in his late teens. Receiving tuition from Scottish singer/guitarist Doc Livingstone, Arthur was introduced to many genres of music, including Irish folk. Arthur’s musical inspirations include artists such as Anna Massie, John Martyn, Leonard Cohen and John Doyle.
He is currently studying medicine in Aberdeen with the dream of being on stage between shifts at A&E.
Louden Mackay comes from Kintail in Lochalsh. From a young age, he was inspired to learn the accordion through the music and playing of his late father Donnie Mackay. Louden has since had privilege of being taught by some of the best traditional musicians in Scotland, including Ally Mackenzie, Andrew Waite, Sandy Brechin and John Carmichael. He studied for two years at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music (NCETM) in Plockton after being accepted in 2017. A year later, he had the opportunity to perform with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the score for an upcoming CBBC animation written by Oscar winning composer Rachel Portman.
The music Louden has written has been greatly inspired by artists like Silly Wizard and Gary Innes, not to mention the various family, friends and characters back home in Kintail.