Aidan McEoin, originally from Co. Clare southwest Ireland, moved to Scotland some 16 years ago. He was instrumental in setting up performance poetry platforms both in Edinburgh and Glasgow before moving to the Isle of Eigg in the Scottish Highlands.
Aidan published his first volume of poetry `In The Boat I Don’t Yet Have` in 2002. His first collaboration with musicians was with acclaimed button box player Leo McCann from Armagh and DJ Dolphin Boy from Edinburgh, performing at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow and at the Bongo Club at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The concept for his latest album, Rustic, came from a conversation with two Scottish based musicians Iain Copeland and Seumas MacLennan of `Peatbog Fairies` fame. Their idea was, instead of trying to bolt poetry onto some music, they would start with a blank canvas and create a unique environment where the poetry and music transpired simultaneously. The resulting combination of Aidan’s contemporary style of Scottish poetry, music composed by Copeland and MacLennan and guest performances from a whole gaggle of Scottish musicians provides a beautiful experiment in the marriage of poetry and music. Think verbalised Martyn Bennett, with rhyming lines or prose poetry as lead instrument. Sax, whistle, assorted strings, feet, drums, bass and samples make up the ambient backing to this vocal analysis of life and love. It is an organic and totally honest collaboration with a unique and eclectic sound.
Aidan is currently working on his second volume of poetry and has been commissioned to write his first theatre play for the national touring theatre company `Quondom` based in Penrith, Cumbria.
John Mitchinson of the QI Club, Oxford writes: ‘On holiday this year on the tiny Hebridean island of Eigg, I met a poet. He gave me a CD he had recently recorded on the Isle of Skye, of him reciting his work to music. This happens a lot to publishers (even ex- publishers). But what almost never happens is you put on a CD and discover something so fresh and contemporary and hip and catchy that you have to ring the poet back. Well, I did… It’s as far away from the farpy-parpy cod-Celtic style as you can imagine.’