Aon Teanga: Un Çhengey – a Gaelic nations tour
THREE voices from the Gaelic nations – Scottish, Irish and Manx – have come together to celebrate linguistic, musical and cultural connections in a distinctive Argyll tour.
Mary Ann Kennedy, co- owner of Watercolour Music studios and one of Scotland’s most influential musicians and broadcasters, Ruth Keggin, the leading vocalist of the Manx Gaelic revival, and Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, acclaimed seann-nòs singer from a Connemara musical dynasty, are united by a common passion.
Aon Teanga or Un Çhengey – whichever way you spell it, it sounds and means the same: ‘One Tongue’.
Comar and Watercolour Music have teamed up with Belfast’s Gaelic arts centre, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, and Culture Vannin to enable Ruth, Mary Ann and Eoghan to develop an album and live tour of traditional and newly- composed songs.
The ocean is never far from the music, whether it be classic sailor’s ballads, tragic drowning laments, magical songs of sea creatures or wry commentary on human exploitation of the marine environment.
The singers will be joined by Argyll guitarist, Finlay Wells, Clare fiddler Ultan O’ Brien and Gordon MacLean on bass.
The tour begins on August 18 in Bunessan Hall, Mull.