Arts coming to Duart Castle on a song

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A traditional 17th-century Mull song will be part of a new arts programme exploring Gaelic culture.

Musicians Ross Whyte and Alasdair Whyte will be create a virtual reality installation at Duart castle on Mull inspired by the song A’ Chnò Shamhna that dates back to around 1649, lamenting the death of Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart.

The  installation will include a three-dimensional stereo audio recording of the song and a performance at the castle.

The Mull song installation is one of four projects just announced by a new Gaelic arts programme called GUIR using performance, dance, music and digital arts.

The other projects will be exploring the historical migratory routes from Scotland’s now uninhabited Gaelic islands, a mythological Gaelic creature and the disconnection between Gaelic and the mainstream.

It is part of Glasgow Life’s Gaelic Art Strategy (GAS) 2018 – 2022 and the projects are being supported by the National Theatre of Scotland, Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Tramway and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig college in Skye.

The four pieces will be developed during short residencies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig followed by a period of developing and learning for the artists, all culminating in Glasgow this year when the city hosts the Royal National Mòd.

Councillor David McDonald, Chairman of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council said: ‘Gaelic culture is central to the story of Glasgow and Scotland’s past, and continues as a vibrant, contemporary strand which enriches our lives.

‘This innovative new programme aims to explore and develop Gaelic culture using traditional and new artforms. The first four works chosen are diverse and fascinating and provide an invaluable opportunity to open up Gaelic culture to new audiences.’