Open Fund: Knockengorroch CIC
Oran Bagraidh: A Multi-lingual Folk/Digital Collaborative Music Residency and Recording
Knockengorroch will bring 10 artists and one producer together for a week’s residency exploring a song in an ancient dialect in SW Scotland. The collaboration will create exciting new work which will be recorded and toured across Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The artists selected are an incredibly diverse and perhaps unusual combination. With their own strong grounding in the tradition they vary in style and language. Performance artist, musician and writer Macgillvray’s work is unclassifiable. She has an ‘edge’ not often seen in Scottish folk. Combined with Scottish singer Josie Duncan, Welsh poet Gwyneth Glyn, Irish singer Lorcan Mac Mathuna and fiddler Daire Bracken, reed player Barnaby Brown, electronic harpist Una Monaghan, Trinidadian/Welsh duo Bragod and Ulster singer Grainne Holland is expected to produce a new kind of music never heard before.
Producer Ben Seal is talented at working with artists to extract their very best. He will bring the disparate elements of the collaboration together to create end work that is both challenging, experimental, deeply traditional yet totally accessible.
It can be difficult for brilliant and ambitious folk artists to find the right circumstances to meet and work with those different in outlook and temperament, to fully push boundaries. The residency will be structured in a way that allows each artist to shine with their strengths whilst finding new inspiration from those very different.
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh presents a variety of music to reach new audiences. This residency deepens this work to actually commission and create new music.