New album showcases pioneering new GaelPop genre

Marcas Mac an Tuairneir has encapsulated the mood of upbeat contemporary sounds into Gaelic song and introducing the genre of GaelPop.

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Speactram is the exciting and innovative new album from Marcas Mac an Tuairneir.

Set for release on Friday July 29 this new body of work is a watershed moment for the Gaelic music scene as it revives the Gaelic popular music tradition whilst further introducing LGBTQI+ narratives into the traditional and contemporary Gaelic song canon.

The album aims to bring back the Gaelic popular music tradition of the 1980s, that saw its advent with the likes of the 101 Band and Na Soluis Dhuibh.

Both outfits mapped the Gaelic language onto musical sounds being heard on mainstream radio at the time.

Marcas has successfully managed to reintroduce this concept in Speactram by encapsulating the mood of upbeat contemporary sounds into Gaelic song and introducing the genre of GaelPop – a pioneering new genre which sees Gaelic going pop.

The music within Speactram has an unmistakingly urban sound for Gaelic music and Marcas’ aim with this genre is to give an ‘in’ to those who do not comfortably fit the Gaelic paradigm or who come from non-Gaelic speaking and diverse backgrounds – primarily new speakers and young people going through Gaelic-medium education.

While encapsulating the mood of the contemporary in Gaelic song, Marcas was also determined to address the absence of LGBTQI+ narrative within the Gaelic corpus.

Speactram aims to add a gay, genderqueer voice to the language’s musical soundscape and recognise the role that queer people have always played in shaping and influencing the wider cultural scene – continually sitting at the forefront of the musical avant-garde specifically.

Speaking ahead of the album launch Marcas said: ‘I am incredibly proud of what the collaborators and I have achieved with this new body of work.

‘My hope is that it gives rise to not only the GaelPop genre but also to other diverse voices being heard more prominently within the Gaelic corpus.’

Marcas has worked with some of the most celebrated Gaelic musicians on the scene today including Mary Ann Kennedy, who has also been the executive producer for the album, singers Rachel Walker and Gille MacKenzie and musician Pàdruig Morrison.

He also worked with singer-songwriter Adam Holmes and producer and instrumentalist Gary Keane.

Nick Turner, of Watercolour music, has co-written a number of the tunes with Marcas alongside producing, mixing and mastering the album.

Speactram will be available to buy, stream and download from Friday July 29. For more information visit www.marcasmac.scot.

Photograph: Marcas Mac an Tuairneir has encapsulated the mood of upbeat contemporary sounds into Gaelic song and introducing the genre of GaelPop. NO_T26_Gaelpop_Marcas Mac an Tuairneir