Macanta on the up
OVER the summer, I have been writing about some of the acts performing Gaelic music in Glasgow.
Recently, a Glasgow band called Macanta featured in a high-profile advert for Caledonian MacBrayne which was aired on ITV.
On that advert, they were peforming a cover of Supergrass’s ‘Alright’ but it is the bilingual material of frontman Dòl Eoin Mackinnon that first helped Macanta establish themselves as a popular band in the city.
Dòl Eoin is from Scalpay, Harris, and was brought up on a healthy mix of Gaelic songs and an old tape of his favourite musician Buddy Holly.
It is this combination of influences that has formed Macanta’s incredible sound - a blend of Gaelic, Americana, indie and country.
They have performed a number of high profile gigs, including slots at Celtic Connections, and are currently gigging a four piece line-up, all of whom are based in Glasgow: Dòl Eoin himself, guitar and vocals; Terry Balfour, guitar, mandolin and vocals; Ross B Wilson, double bass); and James Grant, drums.
Macanta’s lastest release was a new song by Dòl Eoin called ‘My Favourite Place of Mind’, the lyrics of which describe his love for country music.