Ceòl ‘s Craic @ Leabhar ‘s Craic
22 March 2014
This event showcased the results of two songwriting initiatives instigated by Ceòl ’s Craic.
The first part of the evening featured young musicians from Glasgow’s East End who have been exploring Gaelic music and culture aided by a stellar mentoring team.
Patsi MacKenzie, our MC for the evening, was joined onstage by Margaret Nicolson, a key player in the project, to introduce MIMA, a five piece band who gave their version of headliner Willie Campbell’s song “M’anam Trom”.
Next up were a trio of rappers. The audience erupted when half way through their rhyming they burst into a Gaelic rap.
They were followed by a young girls choir who delighted the audience with their rendition of “Tha mi Sgìth”.
Bobbi and Morgane performed their own composition “S Tu Mo Rùn” and
the final act was vocal group Eastenders who performed an English/Gaelic version of “Skyscraper”.
This first half of the show was brought to a close with all the kids and mentors taking to the stage for a rousing version of “He Mandu”.
There followed a brief conversation between Patsi and Gaelic music champion Calum Martin who talked about his role in the writing initiative which has resulted in the album “Dalma” by Willie Campbell.
A short film on the project was produced by Fraser Purdie:
Campbell, fronting a powerhouse four piece band, launched into “Fir Chlis” a slice of 60’s inspired melodic pop. This was followed by the hypnotic,bass driven “Grunnd Na Mara” which in turn was followed by a stripped down interpretation of bluegrass legends The Louvin Brothers’, “Nearer My God To Thee”.
Campbell’s eclectic influences were evident throughout his set but the whole is bound together by his passionate delivery and love of melody.
Musical collaborator Calum Martin joined Willie and the band to close the evening with the anthemic “Sàmhach”.
This album launch is another milestone for Ceòl ’s Craic as it’s the first release on our new Ceòl ’s Craic record label.
Copies of “Dalma” available now from our website shop.
The Contemporary Gaelic Songwriting Residency is a Gaelic language and music mentoring project initiated by Ceòl ’s Craic and linked to the Gaelic literary festival, Leabhar ‘s Craic. Through a unique collaborative mentoring process an album of original Gaelic songs by Willie Campbell and Calum Martin was launched at the festival in March 2014.
The Contemporary Gaelic Songwriting Residency is part of Creative Futures, a Creative Scotland talent development programme which aims to promote the professional development, capabilities, connectivity and ambitions of Scotland’s creative practitioners and organisations. www.creativefutureshq.com www.creativescotland.co.uk