Children of the Smoke was one of the key events of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and the Commonwealth Games Festival Programme – a multimedia live performance involving over 70 writers, musicians, dancers and artists.
The performance was the culmination of a visionary two-year international legacy project Struileag, involving poetry, story gathering, film, performance and music. Its worldwide reach reflects the stories of the gaels themselves and their connections with people from all 5 continents.
“A watershed moment in Gaelic music”
Margaret Mary Murray, Head of Service, BBC Alba
The resulting album includes many of the best of Scotland's traditional singers and musicians, and a rapper from Vancouver. The lyrics were created by a team of critically-acclaimed Gaelic poets from across the diaspora.
The music deconstructs nostalgic perspectives on the notion of Gaelic identity through time, exploring relevant and gritty issues of exile and homelessness. The musical styles range through a wealth of influences including trad Scots, African percussion and rap.
With no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries, these timeless tales of home, loss, hope, longing and adapting to new environments, connections between the old and new world are captured in the music of Children Of The Smoke in an extraordinary way.
Seonaid Aitken, Anna-Wendy Stevenson, Patsy Reid, Christoff Fourie, Su-a Lee, Euan Burton, Fraser Fifield, Angus Lyon, Rachel Newton, Jim Rattigan, Matheu Watson, Ben Holloway, Iain Sandilands, Alan Emslie, Jim Sutherland
Calum Barker, Joy Dunlop, David (Corvid ) McCallum, Allan MacDonald, Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona MacKenzie, Rachel Newton, Brian Ó hEadhra, Alasdair Whyte, Alistair Dixon
Composer, Artistic Director: Jim Sutherland
Produced by La Banda Ltd
"Inspirational" 5 STARS - Daily Record
Jim Sutherland, Calum Barker, Joy Dunlop, David (Corvid ) McCallum, Allan MacDonald, Kathleen MacInnes, Fiona MacKenzie, Rachel Newton, Brian Ó hEadhra, Alasdair Whyte, Alistair Dixon, La Banda