Here we bring you 12 specially curated videos created from HebCelt's Survival Sessions in 2021. Enjoy!
Day 1 - This clip is taken from the specially commissioned audio-visual work “An Turus Dhachaigh (Journey Home)” by Lewis native Josie Duncan which opened HebCelt’s 2021 Digital Hybrid Event - Survival Sessions. Taking its audience on a nostalgic and impactful trip to the Isle of Lewis An Turus Dhachaigh features Charlotte Printer (Skipinnish) on bass, Megan Macdonald (Eabhal, Heisk) on accordion and Charlie Grey (Westward the Light) on fiddle, with accompanying visuals designed by Elly Lucas.
Day 2 - Between Islands - Spindrift : The Between Islands project, devised by An Lanntair, the main arts centre in the Western Isles of Scotland aims to explore and collectively promote the arts and heritage of the islands of Orkney, Shetland, and the Outer Hebrides through collaborative projects. For this special performance, recorded live at HebCelt Survival Sessions, Willie Campbell, Kris Drever, Arthur Nicolson, Jane Hepburn Macmillan, Maggie Adamson, Neil Johnstone, Kathleen Macinnes, Jenny Keldie and Saltfishforty get together, in person on stage with some performing together for the very first time.
Day 3 - Norrie “Tago” MacIver - Latha Math: Norrie is a singer/songwriter from Carloway on the west side of Lewis. Since 2016 Norrie has been the lead singer of one of the biggest bands in the folk and trad scene, Skipinnish. Past bands include Bodega and Mànran and along with all these bands Norrie has toured all over the world since 2009. For this clip Norrie returned to his native Carloway to record his now classic anthem “Latha Math” as part of a special set for the HebCelt Survival Sessions - Na Bailtean (The Villages) series. This series of recordings features Gaelic song from areas across Lewis and Harris presented by Gaelic singers in their communities. There will be more to come from the Na Bailtean series in our 12 Days of Christmas.
Day 4 - Scott C.Park - Come Back to me Dead - Hailed as “the island's answer to Beck” and one of the most hard working musicians on the local Lewis scene, Scott C. Park makes country-tinged alt-pop about what it feels like to change. From his home in the Isle of Lewis he writes about identity, religion, and the weirdness of human behaviour through sharp and breezy songs that want to get stuck in your head. Combining the wit and smirk of Pavement, the lyrical detail of Phoebe Bridgers, and the bare-all confessionals of Bright Eyes and Frightened Rabbit, Scott C. Park is just trying to figure out how to be OK whilst having the most fun he can along the way. His new EP, Scampy Lampy, is out now.
Day 5 - Ceitlin Lilidh - An t-Iorram Niseach - filmed at Dell Beach in Ness near the home village of Gaelic Singer and Lewis native Ceitlin Lilidh as we revisit Na Bailtean (The Villages), a specially recorded series for the HebCelt Survival Sessions. For this series we asked local Gaelic singers to delve into the rich tradition of song from their local areas. Recorded live on location in the Outer Hebrides by Daibhidh Martin (Film and Production) and Keith Morrison (Sound) Na Bailtean visited four corners of Lewis and Harris in the Summer of 2021.
Day 6 - The Sea Atlas - Fools - In this video we head back to the Black Bay Studio to hear from the incredible Sea Atlas. Proving that the music scene in the Outer Hebrides is as vibrant and varied as the weather can be, Calum Buchanan, otherwise known as The Sea Atlas blends elements of indie rock and electronica to form hauntingly beautiful songs and shoegaze soundscapes that invoke a deep sense of place. Recorded by Daibhidh Martin (Film and Production and Pete Fletcher (Sound) at Black Bay Studios for HebCelt's Survival Sessions in the summer of 2021
Day 7 - Staran - Gaol a'Chruidh - Returning to the live performances from the HebCelt Survival Sessions which were streamed from and recorded in An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway in July of 2021. This beautiful Gaelic love song from the Scottish folk scene super-collective Staran features some of the most sought-after artists on the Scottish folk scene comprising Kim Carnie, John Lowrie, Jack Smedley, Innes White and James Lindsay.
Day 8 - Amy Mackay - An Uinneag Bheag a'rinn Dòmhnall - In today’s video we return for a final visit to Na Bailtean, a specially recorded series from filmmaker Daibhidh Martin. Na Bailtean or The Villages, visited local Gaelic singers in their home towns to capture songs tied to the areas in which they grew up. Today we head south to the stunning village of Northton in Harris and we hear the singing of Amy Mackay.
Day 9 - Sean Harrison and Band - Albatross - For today’s video we have chosen the soaring anthem Albatross Wing from local group Sean Harrison & Band. Known for their emotive songs and unique soundscapes, the group's music is inspired by life on the remote islands they call home and the elements and landscape that surrounds them.
Day 10 - For our 10th video we’ve got something VERY special from the infamous Orcadian duo, Saltfishforty. Recorded LIVE and streamed globally from An Lanntair, in Stornoway, this blistering, toe tapping set of tunes was the last set of an incredible performance in front of our Socially Distanced and Covid capacity capped audience of… 40. They made it feel like there were 400 in the auditorium though! The boys sure had as much fun as the crowd did, what a night. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it too.
Day 11 - The Tumbling Souls - Don't be Afraid of the Dark - this video comes from ALL STAR local legends, The Tumbling Souls, fronted by the one and only Willie Campbell. The track we’ve chosen from their Survival Sessions Live performance is Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, which as anyone who followed Willie’s fantastic Friday night live streams knows, became somewhat of a lock down anthem and was regularly supported on backing vocals by Willie’s mega talented children.
Day 12 - Colin Macleod - Queen of the Highlands - taken from the Friday night live performance recorded during our Survival Sessions in An Lanntair, Stornoway we’ve chosen Queen of the Highlands, the opening track from Colin’s critically acclaimed album, Hold Fast, released in June of 2021 as our final offering. A staple on the repeat playlist in the HebCelt office this year we hope you enjoy this incredible performance from Colin and his band, an All-Star line up of unbelievably talented local musicians.