We have a great concert to look forward to as part of the Blas festival in St Andrew’s Cathedral (Inverness) on Sunday the 6th of September
As well as the choir, you can hear the golden tones of Inverness singer Angus Macleod, and the haunting melodies of the Mairi MacInnes band, featuring Arron Jones (bouzouki), Stevie Fyvie (percussion), James Mackintosh (pipes/whistles) and Hamish Napier (piano/flutes).
The choir is off on it’s travels again early in the new year – We are performing alongside Blazin’ Fiddles as part of the Strings Attached – The Next Generation concert at Celtic Connections.
Featuring the fantastic talents of singer-songwriters Adam Holmes, Rachel Sermanni and Aoife O’Donovan, the concert is built around the art of accompaniment, with the choir providing the vocal backdrop. Here’s Rachel performing a song written by Adam, just to give you a flavour:
The following night, the men of the choir (performing as ‘Trosg’) will be providing backing for a stellar lineup of Gaelic singers, as An Lòchran attempt to re-create the legendary atmosphere of the hallowed hostelry Bùth Dhòmhnaill ‘ic Leòid, within the Strathclyde Suite.
Mary Ann Kennedy will lead a troupe comprising Arthur, Eilidh and Ruairidh Cormack, Rona Lightfoot, Robert John MacInnes, Sineag MacIntyre, and the choir’s own Angus MacLeod.
To top off a great year for traditional music in Inverness, the city will also be the host for this years Traditional Music Awards. The venue is the Leisure Centre in Bught Park, but tickets can be bought through Eden Court Box Office
There is still time to vote for your favourites – The Choir have been nominated in the Community Project category – which is a great recognition of the hard work so many volunteers have put in over the last 25 years to keep Gaelic music alive and well in the capital of the Highlands.
We are also delighted for Angus MacLeod, who has been nominated as Gaelic singer of the year – If you haven’t been lucky enough to hear him sing, there is a clip from his Gold-medal-winning performance at this year’s Mod below:
In the week of Armistice Day, BBC Alba featured a great documentary tracing the stories of two men who fought in WW1.
One of the men was the Great-Uncle of Professor Donald Meek from Tiree, remembered in his poem ‘Iain againn fhìn’ which was arranged for us by Mary Ann Kennedy and was our own choice at the National Mod.
You can watch it online for another few days, it’s a fascinating and moving piece of work.