31 May 2014
Saturday 31st May 2014
The final event of our 2013 /14 programme brought together Gaelic and non-Gaelic speaking artists, seasoned professionals and aspiring young performers, and traditional and more experimental forms of music.
For six months young musicians from Glasgow’s East end explored Gaelic music and culture.Their performance showcased the influences and experience they had gained from the process and proved that Gaelic language can be an effective medium of expression in any musical genre.
The second part of the evening’s entertainment marked a welcome return to the stage by Margaret Nicolson of trailblazing Gaelic band Na h-Òganaich. She was joined by her fellow mentors, Alasdair Whyte and Ceitlin Smith.
The show continued with a stripped back performance of ‘Dalma’, Willie Campbell’s premiere collection of songs in Gaelic and the first release on the new Ceòl ‘s Craic imprint.
Willie also showcased two new songs. ‘Winter, Late in Spring’ transposes a classic Country, blue collar ballad from Middle America to the Western Isles.
‘Welcome Home’ could become a new anthem for the Isle of Lewis. Willie introduced the song as a “cheesy singalong” composed in time for his main stage performance at the 2014 HebCelt festival. Although he assured the audience he had done his best to make sure he “offended everyone on the island equally during the middle eight”, in reality what he’s come up with is a funny, touching and uplifting tribute to his home island.
For the final part of the performance Willie was joined by Innes Strachan, Chris Nicolson and Ruairidh Graham of Niteworks. Innes remixed and reworked two tracks from ‘Dalma’ and the resulting performance showed that Willie’s songs can be equally effective as full on electronic dance tracks. The band were joined for two final numbers by the aforementioned vocalists Alasdair Whyte and Ceitlin Smith.
This performance was presented in partnership with an Lòchran.