Film ‘s Craic

23 February 2013, CCA


Our February 2013 Film ’s Craic event presented unique works in film and music inspired by traditional Gaelic stories and songs.

Film and music came together at the opening of the event with two screenings which featured soundtracks by our headline act, Maggie Nicols and Peter Urpeth.

The films were introduced by directors Louise Milne, and Sean Martin and by curator Ian Stephen who commissioned the films. The first film of the night, Andy Mackinnon’s Sruth nam Fear Gorm was inspired by the legend of the Blue Men of the Shiant Isles. It was followed by a screening of A Boat Retold, Louise’s and Sean’s poetic documentary which centred on a voyage to the Shiants. The moving soundtrack to a Boat Retold  featured music from one of the late Ishbel Macaskill’s last ever performances

After the film screenings, there was a lively panel discussion, hosted by the writer and BBC broadcaster John Cavanagh, on the role of improvisation in Gaelic. The discussion included contributions from musician and writer Peter Urpeth, the Gaelic singer Mairi Morrison and the world famous academic and Gaelic music expert, Dr. Anne Lorne Gillies. Both Mairi and Anne were able to  illustrate some of their points by singing short excerpts from Gaelic songs.

A stunning live music performance complemented by projection backdrops followed the discussion. Film ’s Craic was a fitting setting for Hanna Tuulikki’s multimedia musical project Air Falbh Leis na H-Eoin (Away with the Birds). Lucy Duncombe and Nerea Bello accompanied Hanna in a series of vocal compositions inspired by traditional Gaelic songs featuring the imitation of bird song.

Internationally renowned vocal improvisation artist Maggie Nicols, took to the stage with Peter Urpeth to deliver the final perfomance of the evening. On their final piece, they were joined on saxophone by Raymond MacDonald from Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. It made for a dramatic and inspirational climax to the evening.


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