Thursday 11 February 2016

Elspeth shares new Gaelic work in progress, Buaireas anns an Uisge


Elspeth here :-) Whilst Stoirm Òg has been busy getting our accounts in (the joys, right?), this January I had the huge privilege of being commissioned to develop an idea by Glasgow Life. My proposal was to explore the possible connection between Gaelic psalm singing and the roots of African American music, focusing on the call and response style of worship found in many churches, past and present. Taking this as a starting point, I began my research in December, then I worked with 2 dancers, 3 actors, a musician, and a sound/video artist for 2 weeks (two of them in America, via Skype!), culminating in a public sharing of some of what we'd explored, at Tramway. Here's some lovely photography by Geewhiz Digital, Glasgow.

Many thanks to all the brilliant artists involved, and to our producer at Glasgow Life, Rona MacDonald.

This was presented by Glasgow Life in association with National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the Gaelic Books Council.

You can find out more about the project and the team here.