← Back to Bands

Origin: Scotland

Genre: Scottish Gaelic Punk

Years active: 2007-present

Tim Armstrong
Kathryn NicAoidh
Sìleas Landgraf
Greg MacThòmais

Past members
Tomaidh MacAilpein
Roddy Neithercut

2008 Ruigidh Sinn Màrs agus Trì Sgeulachdan (Ùr-sgeul)
2009 Claigeann Damien Hirst (Ùr-sgeul)
2009 Ga Bruidhinn Làn-Ùine (Problem? Records)
2010 Fali Ro Fali Re (Problem? Records)


Na Gathan were formed in 2007 and first came to national attention in Scotland when they appeared in a piece on the Rapal music programme on BBC2 that documented their involvement in organizing the Celtic Connections unofficial fringe held in Glasgow early in 2008.[2][3] In the spring of 2008, the band won the Best New Gaelic Song contest held by BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, with their song Ruigidh Sinn Màrs,[4] and in the autumn of 2008, the band again appeared on Rapal, this time as the featured band, performing four songs in front of a studio audience. In 2009, the band’s second single, Claigeann Damien Hirst, was shortlisted in the Nòs-ùr competition for a new song in a Celtic language or Scots.[5][6] The song was inspired by the short story, An Claigeann aig Damien Hirst, written by Maoilios Caimbeul and published by CLÀR as part of the Ùr-sgeul new Gaelic fiction series. The story was in turn a response to the work of art by Damien Hirst, For the Love of God.

The band was formed by Kathryn NicAoidh (drums), Tomaidh MacAilpein (bass), Greg MacThòmais (guitar) and Tim Armstrong (voice and keyboard).[7] This Tim Armstrong is a different person from the Tim Armstrong from the punk band, Rancid.[8] This Tim Armstrong founded the Gaelic punk band, Mill a h-Uile Rud. In 2008, Roddy Neithercut joined the band on keyboards. Roddy is also the lead singer in the Scottish thrash band, Atomgevitter. In 2009, Tomaidh left the band, and Greg took over on bass while Sìleas Landgraf joined the band on guitar. All the members are fluent Gaelic speakers. Kathryn is from Skye, Greg from Glasgow, Sìleas from Köln, Germany and Tim from Seattle. Roddy Neithercut left in 2011 to become a teacher of Gaelic.