Barluath, a diverse and innovative Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both traditional and contemporary music will perform an opening concert for the start of the Mountain Melodies project where local young musicians will attend composition and masterclass workshops.
A five piece including Scots and Gaelic song, highland and border bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, piano, guitar and step-dance.
Barluath have continued to grow since forming in early 2010 and have delighted many audiences, such as with their appearances at Scotland’s Celtic Connections, Linlithgow Folk Festival and PipingLive! to name only three as well as at festivals in Germany and Belgium. In November 2011, the band were invited to Washington DC as part of the Scottish Government’s St. Andrews Day celebrations in the USA, culminating in performances at The National Museum of Women in the Arts and the British Embassy. The band have also worked on several European tours including playing at the Labadoux festival in 2015.
Barluath were also winners of a prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Open Stage’ award at Celtic Connections 2012 and followed this up with their own slot at this year’s festival. The band released their debut album ‘Source’ on the Nimbus Alliance record label in September 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. This has been followed up with their second album ‘At Dawn of Day’ released in 2015.
The name Barluath (pronounced Bar-lhu-ah) comes from an ancient bagpiping embellishment used in a style of music called piobaireachd (pronounced peeb-ur-uch). The Barluath embellishment is no longer commonly played in modern-day piping and it consisted of 19 separate grace notes, which made it too difficult in practice. Though there are no written examples of a ‘barluath’ in the surviving piobaireachd manuscripts, it is thought that it was used as an embellishment to the already challenging ‘crunluath’ and ‘crunluath a mach’ variations at the end of some piobaireachd.
Time 7 - 9pm