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Also known as Obair Oidhche
Origin Isle of Skye, Scotland
Genres Electronica, house, Celtic fusion
Years active 2007–present
Website Official Website
Members Innes Strachan
Allan MacDonald
Christopher Nicolson
Ruairidh Graham

Niteworks (also known by the Scottish Gaelic Obair Oidhche) is an Electronic Celtic fusion band from the Isle of Skye. The band are known for writing new songs in Scottish Gaelic and melding the bagpipes and traditional Gaelic songs such as puirt a beul with techno and house beats.[1]


Niteworks came together in early 2008. Shortly after forming, the band won several awards including the Rapal song contest with "Nam Aonar san Fonn". Niteworks' name comes from a sample of an old Gaelic speaker referring to "Obair Oidhche" or Night Work.[2]

Niteworks have covered Runrig's "Chi mi 'n Geamhradh", and actively write songs in both Gaelic and English.

The band can count themselves as favourites on the Scottish music festival circuit, clocking up gigs at the likes of Rockness, Knockengorroch as well as frequent returns to Tartan Heart Festival. They've headlined Hebridean Celtic Festival's Islands Stage in 2011 (described as the "band of the night".[3]), 2012 & 2015 and sold out Glasgow's Oran Mor, in 2012 & 2015, as part of the city's popular Celtic Connections Festival. They also DJ frequently, independently of their live act.

Their debut release Niteworks : Obair Oidhche was released on 15 October 2011. This release has been acclaimed and is attracting a larger fan-base to the group. A regular sight at their gigs is the "One Man Island Raver".[4]

Niteworks launched their long-awaited debut album, NW, in October 2015 with a sold out gig at Glasgow's SWG3 Warehouse. The album draws further on the band's Skye roots and Gaelic upbringing and is already drawing comparisons to the legendary Martyn Bennet.[5]

The band capped off 2015 by opening the show at the Scottish Trad Music Awards at Dundee's Caird Hall.[6]

Band Members[edit]

Names also given in Scottish Gaelic:

  • Innes Strachan, Aonghas Strachan (Vocals/Keyboards)
  • Allan MacDonald, Ailean Domhnallach (Bagpipes/Keyboards)
  • Christopher Nicolson, Crisdean MacNeacail (Bass Guitar)
  • Ruairidh Graham, Ruairidh Greumach (Drums)



  • NW (2015)


  • Niteworks : Obair Oidhche (2011)


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