Ancient Songs & Music of Gaelic Scotland: Spell Weaving and Spilt Blood

Thu, 08 May 2014 20:00:00 IST - Thu, 08 May 2014 21:30:00 IST, 20:00

At St Nicholas Collegiate Church

Organised by Medieval Studies

PART OF THE GALWAY EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL, MAY 8-11: Plundering treasure troves of Gaelic poetry, bagpipe music and sean nós singing, Coracle is inspired by epic survivals in traditional culture. In Spell Weaving and Spilt Blood, Coracle applies the principles of experimental archaeology to traces of musical magnificence from the 600s to the 1600s. Using early field recordings, these musical adventurers breathe vivid life into texts and notations from a remote past: harmonic cycles possibly established at Glendalough before 1119, Fenian lays collected at various points since 1530, canntaireachd transcriptions of pibroch made in the late 1700s, and Edward Bunting’s transcriptions from the blind harper Dennis O’ Hampsey, who in 1792 was ‘a living fossil’. Info and Tickets:

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