Mother tongue: máthairtheanga (Gaelic) / mamiaith (Welsh)
To mark the start of the UN Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022 - 2032), Gaelic, Welsh and Sámi musicians come together to explore songs of world, land and people in their mother tongue.
The gorgeous, peat smoked tone of Kathleen MacInnes’ Gaelic singing has earned the South Uist native international acclaim and featured in settings ranging from solo unaccompanied performances to adventures with Gaelic-electro band Niteworks, Arabic music specialist Tareq al Naseer and jazz duo Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock.
Ánnámáret belongs to the Arctic indigenous people Sámi. In her Nieguid duovdagat – Dreamscapes entity she combines Sámi vocal music joik to ancient sound of Finnish bowed lyre jouhikko, played by Ilkka Heinonen and organic live electronics, played by Turkka Inkilä. The music gains influence from both the rich tradition of joik and the vibrant Sámi culture and Arctic nature, by taking to strongly experiential worlds by means of music and images. The concert is accompanied by Marja Viitahuhta’s video art that is created based on Ánnámáret’s innermost visions and images in her joiks.
'Cynefin' (pr. kuh-neh-vin) is the creative vision of West Wales native Owen Shiers. Fascinated by music and history, it is a bid to give a modern voice to Ceredigion’s rich yet neglected cultural heritage. Starting out from his home village of Capel Dewi in the Clettwr Valley and traveling through the local musical landscape, Owen has unearthed seasoned songs and stories, some never before recorded, and given them new life in the present.