Originally staged as a “virtual tour” early in 2021, Breabach’s stunning multi-media creation Dùsgadh (awakening), a collaboration with Scottish BAFTA-winning animator Cat Bruce, was widely greeted as a triumph of lockdown artistry. For tonight’s live world premiere, the celebrated Highland five-piece perform their vividly evocative original score alongside a big-screen showing of Bruce’s captivating film, adapted from a traditional Scottish folk tale, with Gaelic/English narration by Margaret Bennett. Breabach also preview material from their eagerly-awaited seventh album, due in spring 2022, as they continue to hone and develop their music’s brilliantly dynamic dialogue between tradition and modernity.
More than two decades after their genesis amidst a late-night festival session, Beòlach still stand in the vanguard of Cape Breton tradition, enriching undimmed collective fire with seasoned maturity, as heard on their sizzling 2019 album All Hands. Three founding members - fiddlers and step-dancers Mairi Rankin and Wendy MacIsaac, and pianist/dancer Mac Morin, are now joined by Matt MacIsaac on pipes, whistles and guitar.