Knockengorroch’s ‘Oran Bagraidh’ album launches at Celtic Connections

Knockengorroch’s ‘Oran Bagraidh’ album launches at Celtic Connections

Saturday 2 February

Mitchell Theatre 7pm

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The Oran Bagraidh album was created during the Knockengorroch Off Site residency that took place in Galloway, Scotland in September this year.

Ten leading traditional poets and musical artists took part in the exciting, multi-lingual week of creation.  Artists involved included award winning Scots/ Gaelic singer Josie Duncan, lauded Irish song archaelogist Lorcán Mac Mathúna, former Welsh poet laureate and singer Gwyneth Glyn, celebrated Irish Sean-Nós singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Belfast fiddler and composer Conor Caldwell, ancient instrument virtuoso Barnaby Brown, poet, singer and performance artist MacGillivray, widely published Gaelic poet Rody Gorman and medieval Welsh duo Bragod.

The artists worked together to create a new arrangement of the Galloway Gaelic Oran Bagraidh song – translating to ‘Song of Defiance’.  This song is allegedly the only surviving example of the extinct dialect of Galloway Gaelic, spoken across South West Scotland from the 5th to 18th century, alongside English, early Welsh and Scots. The song mentions several place names in the Glenkens parish of present-day Dumfries and Galloway.

During the residency artists also worked on original compositions inspired by Oran Bagraidh, the landscape and each other.  Taking the theme of multiple identities they explored commonalities and differences between languages, regional histories and musical sensibilities, dipping into traditional, experimental and electronic.

The work features five languages, medieval instruments: lyre and northern triple pipes as well as fiddle, harp, accordian, whistle, percussion, electric autoharp and electronics.   The work has been edited by producer Ben Seal.

The album will be the first commissioned, produced and released by Knockengorroch. The debut single from the album, Òran Bagraidh. will be released on 16th November 2018.

The project is funded by Creative Scotland, Arts Council Ireland and PRS Foundation and supported by Barscobe Heritage Trust.


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