Representing Gaelic: Ged Grimes on The Bard’s Tale IV Soundtrack

Back in 2018, InExile Entertainment released The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep.

After a 30 year hibernation, the dungeon crawling franchise had finally been given a revival.

The game saw its player lead a band of heroes through a mysterious celtic land. True to the series’ form, these heroes were guided through their journey by songs and melodies of elder days. When stumbling upon a town called Skara Brae, however, a haunting Gaelic tune would start to play.

Despite being completely unknown to video game culture, ancient pieces of traditional Scottish music had a major impact upon the game thanks to a studio based on the other side of the planet, and the publisher’s wisdom in recruiting a Scotsman to arrange their game’s soundtrack.

Ged Grimes, best known for his work with bands Danny Wilson, and more recently Simple Minds, has been arranging video game soundtracks since the late 90s. Initially scoring Earthworm Jim 3D, he was later approached by InExile and was asked to help with their return to the Bard’s Tale series.

A couple of years and lockdowns later, Ged has returned to his work on the game and given it an entirely new lease of life.

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