Aon Teanga: Un Çhengey – a Gaelic na­tions tour

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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