Ceòl Is Dannsa

20 June 2015, CCA


CCA: Saturday 20th June 2015

The final event of our 2014/15 programme featured two of the finest artists on the Scottish traditional music scene, three amazing bands from Glasgow’s Gaelic School, one of our foremost electronic composers and a cutting edge visual art / modern dance duo.

The first part of the performance showcased the prodigious talents being nurtured by the Gaelic School’s music department. Three groups of young players impressed the audience with their renditions of traditional jigs, reels and slow airs and an ensemble performance of original pieces by Donald Shaw and Charlie McKerron composed for the BBC Alba drama “Gruth is Uachdar”.
These youngsters display such confidence and musicianship that one can only imagine what they’ll achieve in years to come.

The second half of the performance began with two alumni of the school (vocalists Shauna Currie and Joseph McCluskey) performing with electronic composer Alistair MacDonald. The duo’s sampled and looped voices created spine tingling, atmospheric soundscapes to the songs “’S ann a bhruadar mi raoir”, “Fuaim a’ bhlár”, and a Gaelic translation of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”.

Catriona McKay and Chris Stout are internationally acclaimed ambassadors for Scottish traditional music. The harp / fiddle duo combine technical brilliance with a fearless attitude to improvisation and experimentation.
The duo dazzled the crowd with their set of traditional tunes and original compositions.

For the final part of this event they combined with Alistair MacDonald and “The Snyver Project” (visual artist Dominic Snyder and dancer Penny Chivas) to create a unique artwork combining music, dance and visual art.

The performance combined back projections of Snyder’s artworks with live filmed images of Chivas’ sensual physical interaction with an onstage wire sculpture while the musician’s provided an improvised soundtrack.
Music, dance and visuals combined to create a unique and immersive sensory experience.

M.C Catriona Chaimbeul from the Gaelic School brought proceedings to a close, thanking all the artists involved.

We intend “Ceòl Is Danssa” to become an annual event in our calendar celebrating diverse aspects of dance and it’s relationship to contemporary Gaelic culture.

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