Acclaimed Highland based Gaelic singing quartet Cruinn release their second album at the Royal National Mòd on Friday 17th October at Eden Court, Inverness.
The band consists of four well known Gaelic singers who have all built up their own careers as solo singers and as members of other well known music acts. The band are James Graham from Lochinver, Fiona Mackenzie from Lewis, Brian Ó hEadhra from Dublin, and Rachel Walker from Kinlochewe.
The new album is entitled Stòras which means treasure or riches. It was recorded over two weeks in August at Castlesound Studios by Stuart Hamilton and was produced by the band. The album consists of 12 tracks of newly written and traditional Gaelic songs. The new material is diverse in nature including newly composed songs from Rachel (Òran an t-Slaightear & An Smeòrach), two new songs by Brian (Mairidh ar Gaol & Cèilidh na Bliadhna), a translation of a Norwegian song by Fiona (Led Er Din Sang), and a translation of an Irish song by Brian (Air m' Anam Chan Innsinn Cò i). Songs on the album which Gaelic music enthusiasts might recognise are Gu ma Slàn do na Fearaibh and Griogal Cridhe.
Band member Brian Ó hEadhra states, “We are very proud of this new work. It is important to us that new songs enter into the Gaelic song repertoire. We have enjoyed working out interesting harmonies and arrangements to these songs and feel that this album builds on the sound of our first album which was nominated for Album of the Year at last years MG Alba Trad Awards.”
Cruinn will be back at the Trad Awards in Inverness in December, this time performing work from their new album.
Before that, however, they will be launching Stòras at Eden Court, Inverness at 12:30pm on Friday 17th October. This launch event is free and open to the public. That evening they play Eden Court's OneTouch Theatre in a double bill with the Glenfinnan Cèilidh Band.
Tickets are available from the An Comunn Gàidhealach desk at Eden Court.
Stòras (cruinncd002) is released on Cruinn's own label and will be available in the shops and for digital download from 17 October 2014. Some advance copies of the new album will be available to buy at Eden Court from Wednesday 15 October. This album is supported by Creative Scotland under the Quality Production Programme.