A new commission to celebrate Colmcille 1500

Coimisean ùr mar chomharra air Colmcille 1500

Tha Colmcille1500 a’ comharrachadh beatha agus dìleab Cholmille no Columba, 1500 bliadhna bho rugadh e.  Bidh a’ bhliadhna a’ brosnachadh dualchas an naoimh aig an robh abaid Eilean Ì a’ ceangal Èirinn, Alba agus nas fhaide air falbh.

Mar chomharra air a’ chlach-mhìle seo, tha cothrom air nochdadh tagraidhean iarraidh bho cheòladair le Gàidhlig stèidhichte ann an Alba, co-obrachadh a dhèanamh le neach-ciùil air taobh thall Sruth na Maoile, taisbeanadh ciùil a chur ri chèile a bhios ri fhaicinn aig Blas 2021.

Colmcille1500 celebrates the life and legacy of Colmcille or Columba, 1500 years from his birth. It promotes the heritage of the saint whose abbey of Iona linked Ireland, Scotland and beyond.

We are inviting proposals from a Gaelic-speaking musician, based in Scotland, to work alongside a musical partner in Ireland, in arranging suitable traditional music and Gaelic song for a performance to be premiered online at Blas 2021 as part of a new project celebrating this special anniversary.

Sruth will bring together young people from Scotland, Ireland and Nova Scotia to create a virtual showcase performance which will celebrate their shared Gaelic heritage through stories, music and song.  Participants will be aged between 14 and 20, they will be fluent in their respective languages and be at an intermediate to advanced level in their chosen specialism.

Through this project they will participate in a series of online workshops led by professional musicians to explore material which will culminate in a suite of music which will be recorded remotely by participants and will last approximately 30 minutes.  This suite of music will be premiered alongside a drama performance and a newly composed song, with versions in Gaelic and Irish, to create an online event for the 2021 Blas Festival.

Sruth is funded through Colmcille, a partnership programme between Foras na Gaeilge and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, promoting the use of Irish and Scottish Gaelic and bringing together speakers of Scottish and Irish Gaelic to:

  • find out about and get to know each other, their languages, culture and heritage
  • listen in depth to each other and share their cultural traditions
  • share information, and cooperate to meet each others’ needs
  • raise awareness of the natural, physical and cultural environment in which they live, and further the health and well-being of the Gaelic languages as part of that environment
  • cooperate with the Scottish Gaelic speakers in Canada, and with speakers of Manx Gaelic.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal is seeking proposals from a Scottish musician who will work in partnership with an Irish musician of her/his choice to arrange a performance lasting approximately 30 minutes to include traditional Scottish and Irish music and song.  This will be pre-recorded remotely by participants from across the Fèis movement, as well as young performers from Ireland and Cape Breton, and the performance will be streamed as part of this year’s Blas Festival in November.

There will be a budget of up to £2,000 available to the successful bidder who will be expected to deliver the following: 

  • Selection of an Irish musician to work in partnership with her/him for the duration of the project, for whom £1,000 is available in addition to the above budget
  • Selection and musical arrangement of material that will be suitable for younger musicians of intermediate to advanced levels to perform, which must include at least one Gaelic song
  • Recording of guide tracks and preparation of sheet music/song words
  • Instructions for younger musicians to record at home with clear guidance on any technical requirements
  • Setting up and managing a system for receiving all home recordings 
  • Assembly of the final video for broadcast to be delivered at a date to be agreed with Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Details you should consider in your proposal:

  • Your proposal should be presented on one A4 page
  • Your work should have relevance to the aims above
  • The performance should be around 30 minutes long
  • Provide detail of past experience that you think are relevant to this opportunity
  • Ensure you list any personnel you intend to collaborate with to deliver this commission, even if only provisional at this stage.

Please submit proposals by email to Nicola Simpson on nicola@feisean.scot by 5:00pm on Friday 27th August 2021.

All submissions will be treated with utmost confidentially and we would hope to come back to you with a decision by early September.

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