Late night soundsessions – WHYTE

September 29, 2016 in by mwhiteside


Event Details


Gaelic singer songwriter Alasdair Whyte and electronic composer Ross Whyte present an audiovisual ambient suite of rarely heard traditional Gaelic songs and original compositions.The combination of ambient soundscape and visuals along with Alasdair’s traditional vocal style promises a unique aural and visual experience.

The majority of the traditional songs date to the 17th and 18th centuries. Several of them were composed by women and, while contemporary politics is a thread, the songs are also deeply personal. They present a range of themes and emotions which reflect the respective situations of these poets, including pain, praise, exile, murder, revenge and seafaring. The visual aspect of the performance incorporates key images and motifs of the poetry. The accompanying programme notes which highlight this imagery also provide biographical information on the poets, synopses of the poems and details on their respective historical contexts.

The suite also contains Rise, an original instrumental work by Ross which combines looping piano, electronic beats and a sample of a 1938 recording of a Gaelic waulking song.

This event includes the official launch of WHɎTE’s debut album which features each of the songs performed in the suite.

Tickets: £10/£5