Baile air Bhoil – City in a Frenzy
22 November 2013, CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
Baile air Bhoil, the Ceòl ’s Craic event for November 2013 was an innovative new collaboration with Glasgow University. The ethos of Ceòl ’s Craic is about the meeting of the traditional with the modern and in this event the emphasis was very much on the modern.
Edinburgh DJ Dolphin Boy set the scene for the evening combining his signature sounds with a loop of mesmerizing aquatic projections. The absence of seating, the smoke machine and very youthful, mainly student, audience gave the CCA5 venue a club-like atmosphere. From his laptop Dolphin Boy seamlessly mixed the traditional sounds of the pipes, fiddles and traditional Gaelic song with contemporary urban beats.
The main act of the evening was an exhilarating performance by Innes Strachan of Niteworks. Since their inception in 2008 Niteworks have been forging ahead with their own brand of electronic Celtic fusion – music that uses techno and house beats but also reaches back to their island roots by bringing in piping and Gaelic song.
For Baile air Bhoil Innes combined the beats of the Scottish electronica scene with a specially commissioned live performance of original compositions by young traditional singer Alasdair MacIlleBhàin and Ceòl ’s Craic regular Dòl Eoin MacKinnon. The audience response was enough to confirm that this enterprise had been a resounding success.
The Baile air Bhoil event proves that young Celtic musicians can be at the forefront of contemporary sounds and that there is a place there for Gaelic.