10 Scots, Welsh and Irish Artists to Begin Residency in Galloway

Hebridean singer Josie Duncan

10 Scots, Welsh and Irish Artists to Begin Residency in Galloway

Josie Duncan, Gwyneth Glyn, Conor Caldwell and Lorcán Mac Mathúna among artists creating new work inspired by 'Song of Defiance'.

Ten musicians and poets from Scotland, Wales and Ireland will come together this September for a music residency in Galloway, south-west Scotland.

Singers Josie Duncan (Hebrides), Lorcán Mac Mathúna (Dublin) and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde (Donegal); fiddle-player Conor Caldwell from Belfast – read our review of his new album here; Barnaby Brown – a pioneer in the revival of the northern triplepipe; Welsh lyre duo Bragod; poets Gwyneth Glyn (former Wales Poet Laureate) and Skye-based Rody Gorman; and experimental sound artist MacGillivray will combine to create a new work inspired by the Galloway Gaelic song ‘Oran Bagraidh’.

‘Oran Bagraidh’ – ‘Song of Defiance’ – is the only surviving example of Galloway Gaelic, a language spoken across the region from the fifth to eighteen century, among other languages also spoken in the area.

The ‘Oran Bagraidh’ residency is produced by Katch Holmes for the Knockengorroch festival as part of the organisation’s ‘Off Site’ programme. It is funded by Creative Scotland, the Irish Arts Council and the PRS Foundation, and supported by Barscobe Heritage Trust.

Work recorded by the artists will be released in February 2019 and will be followed by a tour in UK and Ireland.

For more on Knockengorroch festival, visit www.knockengorroch.org.uk.

Published on 29 August 2018

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