Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey Lorient gig, Scottish tour and Manx album launch
Harrup! It will soon be round two of our touring time with Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey, and this time we will have our brand new album with us, before the official release date in September! Eoghan – the Irish contingent in Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey – and I will be heading straight up to the Isle of Mull for our first gig, having spent 10 days prior to this gigging at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (where Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey will also be doing a gig, on 11th August at the Grand Theatre). We’re heading back to Glasgow on a coach with a pipeband (the Breton festival is a hotbed for pipers – while it now attracts nearly one million festival goers, it started out life as a pipe festival in the 1970s) so after a journey that will last us over 24 hours, we will largely be running on adrenalin!
We will be doing six dates in Argyllshire, including the Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona and various parts of Argyllshire — full details are on the ‘gigs’ section of this site. Having gigged with Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey in Tobermory back in June, I am looking forward to seeing more of Mull… hopefully in less misty conditions! Iona has really interesting connections with both Ireland and the Isle of Man – the Irish Saint Columba brought Christianity to the Island and they say that he founded the Abbey there too, which has old liturgical links with the Isle of Man dating back to medieval times! – and so I shall be in my element there.
For those of you on the Isle of Man, we will be officially launching our debut album on Friday 18th September at the Peel Centenary Centre at 8pm. Tickets will be £10 on the door or £8 in advance, and these will be available in shops just before I head to Lorient! It will be Mary Ann’s first visit to the Island, so as well as being excited for us to play to a Manx audience, I can’t wait to show her around my homeland! There is so much to see here (any Manxies reading this, please feel free to throw suggestions my way!) and she is also looking forward to meeting Manx speaker, singer and scholar Dr. Brian Stowell, and Charles Guard – a Manx harpist and musician who along with Mary Ann was a former member of the long-standing group ‘The Whistlebinkies’.
We in Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey are very grateful for the support of the Isle of Man Arts Council – Island of Culture and PRS for Music Foundation, as well as Enterprise Music Scotland, ColmCille, Comar, Culture Vannin and Culturlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, for helping to make our album and tours possible!