The years roll on and the Gaelic tradition continues to renew itself. Whilst Lockdown appeared to make time stand still, for creatives across Gaeldom it has presented an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection through creativity. For Lochaber-based Rachel Walker, the fruits of the season are gathered together in Gaol, her first album in ten years.
With a title evoking love, affection and the human bonds that bind us, the collection reflects just that – a labour of love. Spanning the centuries, the songs include apposite selections from the Gaelic tradition, such as ‘An t-Iarla Diùrach’ (‘The Earl lof Jura’), informed by Rachel’s intimate knowledge of Gaelic song as well as contemporary Gaelic songwriting.
Of the brand-new offerings, three represent collaborations with two of Gaeldom’s finest poets. ‘Caisteal Ghaoilein’ (‘Gylen Castle’), co-written with Tiree-native Flora MacPhail, marks a step forward for the songwriting partnership which brought ‘An Smeòrach’ (‘The Mavis’) to listeners, this time evoking the heroism of Clan Dougal. A contemporary anthem documenting an emotive episode in Highland history.
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