Elec­tronic Gaelic band set to play at Oban cinema on Thurs­day

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A GAELIC band with a twist are set to play at Oban Phoenix Cinema tonight (Thurs­day June 15), as part of their 2017 Scot­tish Tour.

Whyte is a two-piece band fea­tur­ing elec­tronic com­poser Ross Whyte and Gaelic singer-song­writer Alas­dair Whyte.

Alas­dair is from Mull, while Ross re­sides in Aberdeen­shire.

The event will start at 8pm in Screen 1 and will fea­ture songs from Whyte’s al­bum Fairich.

The pair were re­cently crowned the Hands Up for Trad Nòs Ùr win­ners.

The band formed af­ter they were com­mis­sioned by Ceòl ‘s Craic, who wanted to bring to­gether artists from the fields of elec­tronic and tra­di­tional mu­sic for a live per­for­mance.

The duo took in­spi­ra­tion from his­toric Gaelic songs and po­etry, but they put their twist on it by cre­at­ing am­bi­ent elec­tronic ar­range­ments to ac­com­pany it.

Fol­low­ing the event hosted by Ceòl ‘s Craic, Whyte con­tin­ued to per­form and, af­ter a num­ber of suc­cess­ful shows, the pair de­cided to re­lease an al­bum.

The tour fol­lows the re­lease of Whyte’s de­but al­bum, Fairich, which was launched on Oc­to­ber 21, 2016.

They are play­ing a to­tal of 11 gigs across Scot­land, with Oban be­ing the sec­ond last.

Fol­low­ing their per­for­mance in the town, which will fea­ture pro­jected vi­su­als, Whyte will travel to the Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Arts in Glas­gow on June 17 for the tour fi­nale.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.oban­phoenix.com, in per­son at the Oban Phoenix Cinema box of­fice at 140 Ge­orge Street, Oban, and by phone on 01631 562 905.

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