24 March 2018, CCA
Ceòl ’s Craic’s third annual Gaelictronica night presented a fusion of Gaelic vocal and instrumental music with cutting-edge electronica, which continued to reflect and reinforce the modern, progressive Gaeldom that has emerged over recent years. This event added video installation and contemporary dance elements to the mix.
The evening began with a new trio bringing together Hamish Macleod, Josie Duncan and Signy Jakobsdottir. Hamish and Josie, members of electronica outfit Inyal, capitalised on the opportunity to develop their interest in more ambient, loop-based material. Josie’s ethereal vocals blended perfectly with Hamish’s inventive, hypnotic sounds, while Scottish-Icelandic percussionist Signy conjured up an astonishing array of tones from her eclectic collection of cymbals, bells and drums.
Gaelictronica regulars WHYTE presented a collection of songs from their forthcoming second album, with new material that develops their integration of Gaelic song and melody with ambient soundscapes. This year, Alasdair and Ross were joined by Zoe Katsilerou, a talented physical performer and vocalist from Greece, now based in Glasgow. The fourth (unseen) collaborator was video artist Dan Shay whose atmospheric projections created a beautiful and melancholic counterpoint to the powerful, moving performance.
Award-winning electronic composer and multi-instrumentalist Ela Orleans concluded the evening in a welcome return to Ceòl ’s Craic to present a specially commissioned piece entitled ‘Displaced and Adjusted’. The audio-visual performance combined Ela’s haunting compositions with archive film in order to “recreate the spirit of the past and attempt to reincarnate and adapt it to a new story based on memory, nostalgia and impression”. The Gaelic songs at the heart of the piece were curated by Ainsley Hamill, whose soulful vocal delivery provided the perfect complement to Ela’s unique sonic creations, and drummer Alex Neilson of ‘Trembling Bells’ fame thrilled the audience with his amazing percussion talents.
Poster image : Dan Shay
Photos : Kris Kesiak