7 FOLK THE HIGHLAND ANNUAL
Teviot Row Union, Edinburgh , Sat 21 Feb
The Goth and the Gael. An unlikely combination that nevertheless is a feature of the upcoming Highland Annual, where kilt meets cult in the basement of Edinburgh’s Teviot Row Union (the University’s Rock and Goth Society meets the same night). Elsewhere in the building there is the yearly feast of song and music from the Islands, the session bars are filled with Gaelic and gargle, and the best bands from the West Highlands keep the dance hall packed.
Christine Primrose and Brian O’hEadhra look at their annuals
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The Venue, Edinburgh, Tue 10 Feb Three flavours of loud guitar on offer. so who wins? Local space- punk heroes the Silver Pill get things moving well enough, their tight, fraught rage seeming leaner and feistier than ever as they rampage through the best parts of their debut mini-album. The Cribs fare less well as the trio of brothers from Wakefield rattle through a set of nondescript English buzz-pop. like the Libertines without the impending chaos. In comparison, Death Cab For Cutie's intelligent emo sound is expansive and effective. the Seattle foursome creating the kind of tightly orchestrated Ieftfield rock that indie record shop assistants swoon over. The band’s latest album, Transatlantic/3m. makes up the lion's share of their set in a show that ranges from the off-kilter bluster of ‘The New Year' to the plaintive Io-fi pop of ‘Title and Registration'. Finishing confidently with humungous anthem ‘Transatlanticism'. it’s clear Death Cab have won by a nose. (Doug Johnstone)
Celtic is currently cool, as the phenomenal rise in numbers of young instrumental players can testify, but it is still rare for most people to hear the singers, the backbone of the language and tradition, anywhere other than on TV. And at this time of great cultural shift and change, the Highland Annual manages to reflect both the old and the new when legendary players like accordionist Fergie MacDonald, piper Allan MacDonald and singer Christine Primrose share the stage with youthful Mod winner Calum Ailig MacMillan, the boys from Tiree and Lochaber in Skipinnish, and the new kids on the block - young all-women quartet Cloud 9. Their singer and fiddler Rachel Newton, still a music student, has no problem with
the music she loves.
‘We’re serious about what we’re doing, and we feel that the way we’re playing is quite new and different. I suppose the sax makes a difference, but we also look for unusual sounding chords. We don’t want to sound like everyone else.’
And Irishman Brian 0’ hEadhra, former Anam singer performing with his Lewis wife Fiona MacKenzie, feels that the Gaelic music scene in Scotland is in a healthy state.
‘In the past, Ireland and Scotland shared a huge common culture of song and music, but in living here I’ve realised that the Irish now are really introspective. They’re really not interested in what’s going on elsewhere. It’s the Scots who are looking outwards.’ What, even the
Goths? (Norman Chalmers)
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