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Tonight’s concert inaugurates 2019’s theme of passing traditions between generations, and also marks 15 years since Harvest, 2004’s landmark opening show which teamed a battalion of then-youngsters - including such now-familiar names as Anna Massie, Rua MacMillan, Rachel Newton, Megan Henderson and Mairearad Green - with top Celtic soloists.
Here, alongside a number of revered performers from the folk scene some 60-70 budding talents will assemble onstage, selected from the 45 Fèisean now held annually around Scotland, Orcadian youth music project Hadhirgaan and the extraordinary Galician folk orchestra SonDeSeu . Working with the original composers, they’ll perform newly arranged excerpts of the Fèis Rois commissions Kin & the Community by Duncan Chisholm, Lauren MacColl’s The Seer, and Donald Shaw’s Harvest itself, along with appearances by Dàimh, Aidan O’Rourke & Brighde Chaimbeul and some additional very special guests!
Commissioned by An Lanntair and 14-18 NOW, the UK cultural programme marking the First World War centenary, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis and fiddle player Duncan Chisholm have created a deeply reflective multimedia commemoration, honouring both those who died and survived that night. Drawing on historical records, original letters, personal testimonies and newspaper archives, it combines original music and song with poetry, spoken word and visual imagery, touching on issues from collective trauma to survivor guilt. Hamish Napier, Su-a Lee, Megan Henderson, Donald Grant and Felix Tanner complete the musical cast.Find out more »
As part of their season of extraordinary arts events focusing on WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, 14-18 NOW have co-commissioned, with An Lanntair Arts Centre, Duncan Chisholm and Julie Fowlis to deliver a production marking the centenary of the sinking of HMY Iolaire. This new work will consider this maritime disaster, the resulting tragedy of the significant loss of life to the Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, as well as reflecting on the actions of John Finlay MacLeod whose selfless…Find out more »
Duncan Chisholm takes to the Eastgate stage in the company of folk royalty multi-instrumentalists Jarlath Henderson, Hamish Napier and Innes Watson.
The band play music from Duncan’s latest album, Sandwood, which contributed to him winning Composer of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2018 Scots Trad Music Awards. Comprising musical melodies awash with dazzling colours, textures and rhythms, these tunes are inspired by the Sutherland bay that brims with beauty and legend.Find out more »