C05 - Rachel Hair and Ruth Keggin, Gillian Fleetwood Suite for Hospitalfield


SUN 9TH APRIL

RACHEL HAIR AND RUTH KEGGIN

Two much respected shining lights on the thriving Celtic music scene, Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin and Scottish harpist Rachel Hair, present the music and song from their recently released album LOSSAN. Celebrating the vibrancy and growth of the Manx Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Man and the connections between the island and Scotland (whose native tongues sit within the same family of Celtic languages) the duo perform thoughtfully arranged traditional Manx material alongside some newly-written songs as they reawaken traditional Manx lullabies, much-loved ballads and traditional melodies.

“If anything makes you fall in love with the Manx culture and language, this will.” Folkradio


GILLIAN FLEETWOOD - Music from Hospitalfield House

Gillian has been thrilled to work with Hospitalfield in Arbroath, taking care of their recently restored Erard Grecian Harp, which is over 200 years old. Inspired by the house and its art, the harp itself and the surrounding area she has created a suite of music exploring themes of environment, identity and time. Gillian (harp and vocals) will be joined on stage by Laura Wilkie (fiddle), Suz Applebe (cello), Mikey Owers (various brass instruments) and Tim Lane (drums and percussion) in a performance which aims to restore optimism and faith in music and art as antidotes in troubling times.


SPONSORED BY: David & Brenda Lamb

SUPPORTED BY: The Isle of Lewis Branch of The Clarsach Society

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