Gaelic was spoken extensively and for hundreds of years across Galloway, an area which was much larger than the current Galloway, extending up into Strathclyde and down into Cumbria. In the early days (before 12th century) Gaelic was spoken alongside Welsh and old English in one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse areas of these islands.
In 2018, Knockengorroch Off Site organised a residency in Galloway bringing vocalists and musicians from across the UK and Ireland to study the ancient Galloway Gaelic song Oran Bagraidh – ‘Song of Defiance’. The song is the only surviving example of Galloway Gaelic and mentions Knockengorroch’s local village Carsphairn! The song acted as a springboard for new music creation based on the artists respective languages, cultures and traditions.
Hear the ancient poem performed as a live musical and linguistic experience from a time before nations. Supplemented by five languages, medieval instruments: lyre and northern triple pipes as well as fiddle, harp, accordion, whistle, percussion, electric autoharp and electronics. Oran Bagraidh is a unique journey into the soul of these islands. Close your eyes and imagine a world never before realised on stage.
Featuring: Josie Duncan (Hebrides), Lorcán Mac Mathúna (Ireland), Gwyneth Glyn (Wales) MacGillivray (Scotland/England), Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde(Ireland), Conor Caldwell (Northern Ireland), Barnaby Brown (Scotland/England) and Bragod (Wales).