Whisky Galore!

Air-Edel Records are thrilled to announce Patrick Doyle’s score for the eagerly anticipated remake of the charming Scottish story ‘Whisky Galore! will be released today (May 5th 2017), the date of the films Scottish cinema release.  Director Gillies McKinnon has brought the true story of the cargo ship SS Politician, which ran aground off the coast of Eiriskay in 1941 releasing its cargo of whisky, back to our screens with the US-cinema release planned for May 12th and wider- UK cinema release planned for May 19th.

The album, produced by Patrick Doyle and Maggie Rodford, features an array of Scotland’s finest musicians including Christopher Stout on the fiddle and Jarlath Henderson on the Uilean Pipes.  The album also features the original song ‘Gairm na h-Oidche’ (Calling  the Night) composed for the film and performed by Mairi MacInnes.  Abigail Doyle wrote the Lyrics for the song, Gaelic translation by Iain S MacPherson.  The score was recorded and mixed at Air-Edel Recording Studios in London by Nick Taylor who also mastered the soundtrack album.

“It was a pleasure to be asked by Gillies MacKinnon and the producers to compose the score for ‘Whisky Galore!’. It was another great opportunity to work with some of the finest Celtic folk instrumentalists in Scotland. I had worked previously with our key soloists on Pixar’s ‘Brave’ (Christopher Stout, Jim Sutherland, Jarlath Henderson, Matheu Watson and Lorne MacDougal), but this was my first time working with the wonderful, Scottish Gaelic singer Mairi MacInnes.  Mairi sings the song ‘Gairm na h-Oidhche’ (‘Calling the Night’), for which my daughter Abigail penned the lyrics. The song is featured in the beautiful, mystical night sequence, shot by Nigel Willoughby, as the islanders’ row out to steal the whisky from the wreck of the SS Cabinet Minister.

I was particularly tickled with the Wild Western vibe the whammy guitar gave us to enhance the comedy, as the characters reminded me of outlawed cowboys stealing whisky and being chased by the posse, in this case the customs men.

This score was a very personal one in many ways. It was an opportunity to work on the adaptation of a quintessentially Scottish story, which captures the country’s stunning landscape on film. I am also great friends with many of the outstanding Scottish actors in the cast, the entire ensemble was an inspiration throughout the composition process thanks to the deft directorial guidance of Gillies MacKinnon who I found to be the most chilled-out director you could imagine and a joy to work with for the first time. I have admired Gillies’s work for many years, he has a unique directing style and a beautiful visual eye, the film is a gorgeously lit painting that has come to life. His innate sense of the absurd and of comedy captured the self-same qualities in Peter McDougall’s expertly crafted script. The score is jam-packed with original reels, jigs and arrangements of some of Scotland’s most loved traditional melodies. I thoroughly enjoyed composing original 1940s-style pieces and even composed a wedding bagpipe melody at the mix down session that Lorne MacDougall sight-read brilliantly in one take.

I would like to thank Gillies MacKinnon, Iain Maclean, Alan J Wands, Peter Drayne and Chris Russell-Fish.  I would particularly like to thank Peter Drayne for his great generosity and enthusiasm in promoting this album and indeed for his immense contribution to the film.

This album is dedicated to my great friend Sean Scanlan who played the role of Old Roddy in Whisky Galore and after a long and illustrious career died in April 2017.”– Patrick Doyle

The album will be available for streaming and download across all major platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.




Composer – Patrick Doyle
Music Supervisor – Maggie Rodford
Orchestrator – Patrick Doyle
Assistant orchestrator – Martin Higgins
Music Editor – Robin Morrison
Programmer – Patrick Neil Doyle
Music recorded at – Air-Edel Recording Studio
Music recorded and mixed by – Nick Taylor
Assistant engineer – Roman Turtev
Soundtrack album mastered by – Nick Taylor
Conductor – Peter Illenyi
String orchestra recorded at – Tom-Tom Studio
String orchestra recorded by – Tamás Kurina
String orchestra – Hungarian Studio Orchestra
Orchestra leader – Balazs Bujtor
Music Copyist – Colin Rae
UK Musicians’ Contractor – Hilary Skewes
Fiddle – Christopher Stout
Accordion – Mark Bousie
Uillean Pipes – Jarlath Henderson
Highland and border pipes – Lorne Macdougall
Percussion – Jim Sutherland
Whistle & flutes – Matheu Watson, Andy Findon
Clarinet – Matt Tag
Trumpet – Patrick Neil Doyle
Guitar – John Paricelli, Mitch Taylor
Bass Guitar – Nick Taylor
Drums – Roman Turtev
Piano – Simon Chamberlain
Vocal – Mae McKenna
Assistant to composer – Will Temlett
Track laying – Will Gardner
Assistant Music Supervisor – Emily Appleton-Holley


Gairm na h-Oidhche (Calling the Night)
Music Patrick Doyle
Lyrics Abigail Doyle
Gaelic Lyric translated by Iain S MacPherson
Performed by Mairi McInnes