The Australian Gaelic Singers
The Australian Gaelic Singers have, for 27 years, enjoyed bringing the beauty of traditional Gaelic music from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to festivals and events throughout eastern Australia. The music is timeless, a natural expression of the wellspring of feeling at the heart of one of the oldest continuously-spoken languages of Western Europe, one whose roots were ancient and deep even before the coming of the Viking long-ships.
They have their origins in the choral tradition that arose in the Scotland of the late 19th Century, to embrace groups competing at Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail, Scotland's own all-Gaelic equivalent of the Welsh Eisteddfod, and were formed as a community choir in Sydney to keep the Gaelic song tradition alive in this corner of the world.
Gaelic song is indivisible from the cadence of the spoken language; both are built on complex rhythms that interplay to form a dance of sound, where the words drive the musical phrasing. The traditional sean nòs style is to sing this music unaccompanied.
As a group, the Singers are always keen to hear from new members interested in joining the raising of such lively, often achingly beautiful, music from a culture that forms a valued part of the folk heritage of Australia.
When are they on? Saturday September 13, 4pm