Gaelic songto debu­tat fes­ti­val

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCALNEWS -

This year’s He­bCelt fes­ti­val is to show­case a brand-new Gaelic song from a Lewis song­writer.

Eilidh Macken­zie has writ­ten a love let­ter to her na­tive He­brides in a song com­mis­sioned by the fes­ti­val to show­case the is­land’s mu­si­cal her­itage and young tal­ent.

Work­ing to­wards the Year of Young Peo­ple 2018, she worked with 20 young mu­si­cians aged be­tween 12 and 16 from Barra, North and South Uist and Lewis and Har­ris to cre­ate the song.

Eilidh said: “I sup­pose the theme is learn­ing from what has gone be­fore. T he Outer He­brides are por­trayed as an old woman, a sym­bol of gen­er­a­tions past with sev­eral di­rect ref­er­ences to spe­cific songs from dif­fer­ent is­lands ty­ing in with a

“It­wasjust love­lyto beasked todothis”

theme of pride in place and cul­ture through a mod­ern per­spec­tive.

“It was just lovely to be asked to do this. I was brought up in Gress in Lewis and the song is re­ally just my love let­ter to the is­lands.”

He­bCelt di­rec tor Caro­line Maclennan said: “Eilidh has done a re­mark­able job in cap­tur­ing the mu­si­cal tra­di­tions of the is­lands in a mod­ern way.

“It’s been an ex­cit­ing project bring­ing the young mu­si­cians together and we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to putting them cen­tre stage at the fes­ti­val where their per­for­mance will be amongst our head­line shows.”

Eilidh Macken­zie added: “It was such a plea­sure to write some­thing for the young folk in­volved and I am gen­uinely ex­cited to hear how they ar­range and per­form it.”

The fes­ti­val, which takes place be­tween July 18-21, is to be head­lined by Deacon Blue, The Fratel­lis, Eddi Reader, Skip­in­nish and Roddy Woomble.

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