"Oran Bagraidh" - Josie Duncan, Gwyneth Glyn, Conor Caldwell, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Doimnic Mac

Josie Duncan, Gwyneth Glyn, Conor Caldwell, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Doimnic Mac
Oran Bagraidh CD cover


The title track of the album and project
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  • artist:Josie Duncan, Gwyneth Glyn, Conor Caldwell, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Doimnic Mac
  • featured artist:Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Barnaby Brown, MacGillivray, Josie Duncan, Gwyneth Glyn, Bragod, Conor
  • region:Scotland
  • release year:2019
  • style(s):Folk, Site-Responsive
  • country:United Kingdom
  • formats:Audio File / Digital, CD (Compact Disc),
  • record posted by:Knockengorroch
  • label:Off Site
  • publisher:Off Site
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Ten diverse artists from across the UK and Ireland came together for a week to create new work inspired by Oran Bagraidh, a medieval song believed to be the only surviving example of Galloway Gaelic, a distinct dialect spoken across South West Scotland for many hundreds of years until the 18th century. Galloway was a linguistically diverse area of Scotland and in medieval times early Welsh, old English, and Norse were spoken alongside Gaelic.

The multi-lingual collaboration sees Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Welsh, English and Scots vocals alongside northern triplepipes and lyres, electronics, shimmering soundscapes and traditional instruments, juxtaposing the ancient with the very latest technology.

Award winning Scots/ Gaelic singer Josie Duncan, lauded Irish song archaeologist Lorcán Mac Mathúna, former Welsh poet laureate and singer Gwyneth Glyn, celebrated Irish Sean-Nós singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Belfast fiddler Conor Caldwell, ancient instrument virtuoso Barnaby Brown, poet, singer and performance artist MacGillivray, widely published poet Rody Gorman and medieval Welsh duo Bragod have created work that is surprising, authentic, rooted in history yet fresh and personal in perspective.

5 STARS 'virtuosos reveal new truths as they weave a work that’s diverse and cohesive, timeless and radiant.” fRoots

“A veritable, musical kaleidoscope in song, tunes, airs and sounds’ Irish Music Magazine

' a stunning and compelling collection of styles, sounds and ideas that defies classification’ The Living Tradition

“beguiling and at times intensely beautiful.” The Shire

'fascinating, haunting and occasionally weird” – The Scotsman