OCAIDICH! / Improvise!

30 November 2018, CCA



Ceòl ’s Craic was delighted to join forces again with Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. The purpose of  our ‘OCAIDICH! / Improvise!’ collaboration is to stage an innovative event combining Gaelic song with experimental and  improvisational music. This year’s performance took traditional Gaelic pibroch singing as its jumping off point and we assembled an exciting and eclectic group of musicians to create a unique musical experience.

Margaret Stewart is a renowned Gaelic vocalist and a leading authority on pibroch singing.  We asked Margaret to select the ancient songs which provided the foundation of the performance and inspired the evening’s guest musicians to compose exciting new musical settings.

WHYTE are no strangers to approaching traditional Gaelic music in new and surprising ways. The duo opened proceedings with ambient interpretations of ‘Fàilte Dhruim Fionn’ and ‘Colla Mo Rùn’.

Harpist and composer Ailie Robertson contributed two stunning pieces inspired by the pibrochs ‘I Got a Kiss of the King’s Hand’ and ‘Till An Crodh Laochain’. Ailie’s performance was notable for her virtuoso electric harp playing and the inventive use of archive recordings.

Italian-born saxophonist and composer Christian Ferlaino led the brass section on his version of ‘Uamh An Oir’.

GIO mainstay and double bass maestro Una MacGlone provided an atmospheric composition based on ‘Piobaireachd Dhomhaill Duibh”.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra draws on a pool of musicians who combine free jazz, improvisation, classical, folk and rock music. For this event we were able to utilise the creative talents of an amazing array of performers. Instrumentation which is not usually linked with traditional Gaelic music created refreshing and bold backings for pibroch song. 

Margaret Stewart, who is regarded by many as a pillar of the Gaelic traditional music scene, took obvious delight in moving out of her comfort zone to interact with this diverse group of talented and experimental performers.

M.C.s  John Cavanagh and Ishbel Murray thanked the capacity audience and invited them to reconvene for 2019’s ‘OCAIDICH!’




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