Knockengorroch: Beyond Borders
Ten of the UK and Ireland’s finest traditional musical artists including vocalists using five languages, medieval instruments: crwth and northern triplepipes as well as fiddle, harp and electronics, take us on a journey through the roots of British language and identity.
Waves of peoples have passed through the islands of Britain and Ireland throughout time. Many of these Welsh, Irish, Gaelic, Norse, Scots and English speakers traversed and settled in Galloway, South West Scotland – once a major geographic, linguistic and cultural crossroads and, in the wake of current politics, possibly set to become so again.
Inspired by the mysterious Galloway Gaelic poem Oran Bagraidh, artists will compose in the space between imagination and history. Taking the theme of multiple identities, within ancient Galloway and indeed themselves, they will explore commonalities and differences between languages, regional histories and musical sensibilities, dipping into traditional, experimental and electronic.
Featuring artists from across the UK and Ireland: Lorcan Mac Mathuna, Josie Duncan, Gwyneth Glyn, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Barnaby Brown, Bragod, Conor Caldwell and MacGillivray.
Expect work that is surprising, authentic, rooted in history yet fresh and personal in perspective, reminding us that the peoples of these isles have always been culturally and linguistically diverse, dispelling the myth that there ever was a homogenous ‘British’ culture.