Stòras brings riches from Argyll
Oban Gaelic Choir will take its audience on a musical tour with songs composed over several centuries but with one thing in common, they all originate in Argyll.
Stòras has been several years in the preparation by conductor of 14 years, musician and composer Sileas Sinclair.
Reflecting on how the idea for the concert has developed, Sileas said: ‘Argyll has such a long and rich tradition of music and singing that it seemed like the perfect project for Oban Gaelic Choir to bring together a repertoire of these songs in a single performance, in order to celebrate our local Bàrdachd and hopefully bring it to a new audience.’
To this end, 10 traditional locally- composed songs have been specially arranged by Sileas for four part choir performance, with many having been performed by the choir at mòds in recent years at both local and national level.
Sileas’s arrangements, full of beautiful choral harmonies and lively rhythms, put the work of Argyll’s gaelic Bards in a modern setting, while letting their traditional origins shine through.
The Stòras (Gaelic: ‘ Riches’) repertoire covers a wide range of forms and emotions, from the adoring love of A’ Dhòmhnaill nan Dòmhnall to the poignant and utterly lovelorn Gur tu mo Bhean Chomain; from the individual tragedy of Maighdean Loch nan Eala, to the wider laments for lost community of Cumha Cruachainn and Taobh Loch Obha; and from the rousing battle- song Oran do Bhonaparte to the haunting piobaireachd-based Colla mo Rùn, the Piper’s Warning to his Master. Interspersed with these varied pieces are a sprinkling of up-tempo Puirt-a-Beul and Waulking songs, and a range of individual performances by some of the choir’s talented soloists.
Stòras promises to be an evening to remember, as well as the perfect antidote to election fatigue.
Oban Gaelic Choir’s showcase ‘Stòras’ concert takes place next Thursday (June 8), in the Corran Halls.
Conducted by Sileas Sinclair, and accompanied by local musicians Finlay Wells, Archie MacAllister, Lorne MacDougall and Angus MacColl,
The concert begins at 7.30pm; tickets £10, £ 8, £ 5 from Oban Music or choir members, or on the door.
There is also a grand raffle, to be drawn at the concert – tickets £1 from choir members or on sale at the concert.