In the second of our occasional series of fund raising events for Bella at the Glad Café in Glasgow, we invite you to join us for a celebration of the onset of winter and the imminence of Oidhche Shamhna/ Hallowe’en.
We’ll be showing the acclaimed short film An Dà Shealladh/Second Sight, and there will be songs from Kathleen MacInnes and poetry from Em Strang. We’ll also host a traditional ceilidh of stories, songs and music to help mark the thinning of the boundary between worlds.
An Dà Shealladh/Second Sight is a 15 minute poetic documentary, collecting together the stories from a group of community elders from across the country – including Sheila Stewart, Norman MacLean and Margaret Bennett – and placing their testament in counterpoint to a richly evocative Scottish Landscape.
Kathleen MacInnes is one of our finest Gaelic singers. Her most recent album, Cille Bhrìde, won Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. She has developed a singing style that suggests ‘an old soul in a young singer’s body’, and her voice has been described as “like peat smoke and good whisky, as robust, sassy and soulful as it is supple and expressive.” The Guardian
“Em Strang’s poems are shamanic, in that they restore to us abandoned mythologies. Nothing is stable in this very real world […] where the animal lies shallowly below the surface of the human, where poems are haunted with what is unsaid. An ‘old throat from the other side’, full of bewilderment, concern, passion and beauty.” Jen Hadfield
This is a fund-raising event for Bella Caledonia. All welcome. Tickets cost £5 and are available here.
[Previous events have sold out. To guarantee entry book now.]