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South Uist piper and Gaelic singer Chloe Steele has announced she is releasing her forthcoming debut album as a charity fundraiser for Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative.

Chloe has been working on the album for the past year and has dedicated it to the memory of Calum Beag MacRury.

Making her announcement online, Chloe said: “Calum Beag was my partner Michey’s father, who sadly passed away in March of last year after a long battle with cancer. This album will be a way to honour and celebrate Calum Beag’s life, but it will also be a way of raising money for a very worthwhile local charity.”

She said that every penny made from the album would be donated to the Western Isles Cancer Care Initiative (WICCI), a local charity that provides support and services to cancer patients and their families across the Western Isles.

“I could not think of a better charity to support that many local people could see the benefits from if and when they may be in need of it,” added Chloe.

The album is a community collaboration that features many local musicians, including Robert John MacInnes, Anna-Wendy Stevenson, Allan Henderson, Seumas Campbell and pupils from Sgoil and Iochdair CNES.

The album will be recorded free of charge at the Cnoc Soilleir recording studio and engineered and mixed by Keith Morrison and Scott Macleod of Wee Studio.

Local businesses have also pitched in with sponsorship.

A release date will be announced later.