Oidhche Americana

27 September 2014

 

The first event of our 2014/15 programme was a celebration of the cultural connections between traditional Gaelic music and the world of Americana and was presented in association with An Lòchran.

The Vèloniños returned to the CCA stage to perform a handful of their self penned rockin’ tunes! One highlight of the set was new song “Helenstown” which was translated into Gaelic especially for this event. Vocalist  Alasdair Whyte joined the band to take part in a beautiful, Everly’s style take on this haunting ballad.

The second act of the night featured a new collaboration between bluegrass vocalist and mandolin virtuoso Laura-Beth Salter and Gaelic singer / songwriter Darren MacLean. Their set encompassed Hebridean waulking songs, old-time American folk music, Bluegrass standards and Gaelic classics like “A Pheigi a Ghràidh” which worked amazingly well with a sparse, country style mandolin and guitar accompaniment.

Murdigan MacDonald has long been one of the leading exponents of the unique Gaelic / Country crossover scene. This show-stopping, headline performance saw him delight a packed out crowd with original compositions, Gaelic interpretations of Country classics and many  songs in praise of his native Isle of Lewis.

M.C John Carmicheal brought proceedings to a close declaring Ceòl ‘s Craic’s second annual Americana night a resounding success.