Harry Gorski-Brown’s latest project recovers Gaelic folk songs and reshapes them for the present day, using a mix of traditional and contemporary instrumentation to perform songs that are by turn plaintive and raucous. These are accounts of conflict and courtship, of the hard toil needed to make a living, and of the perils of the sea: ancient songs on timeless themes, brought to vivid life in the here and now.

Harry for PLUG Festival:

For more than four decades, the Burrell Collection has been drawing visitors to its unique collection of treasures and histories from across the world. For this new collaboration between Sonica and Scottish Ensemble, violist Jane Atkins has devised a programme of music that responds both to the collection’s exhibits and the building that houses them. Sometimes complementing the artefacts on show, sometimes playing against them to suggest new readings, Echoes of the Burrell offers a unique way to experience one of our most beloved institutions.

This is a promenade performance through the Collection.

Set 1:

Dmitri Shostakovich – Movements 1 and 2 from String Quartet No. 8

Set 2:

Hildegard von Bingen – Laus Trinitati

Nina Simone arr Nemanja Markovic  – Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair

Set 3:

Claude Ravel – Movement 4 “Vif et Agitato” from String Quartet

Set 4:

Donald Grant – One for Mary

Set 5:

Jessie Montgomery – Strum