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A Northerly Land -
Released on 2nd Dec 2013.
A great price for the CD and book together for a limited time, only £12
A Northerly Land - Book of Poetry.
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Released Dec 2013
This is an emotionally substantial creation, fused together from the creative imagination of the Skye-based musician, programmer/composer and percussionist, with the input of a variety of musicians, plus Gaelic singer Fiona J Mackenzie and poet George Gunn. Formed from the experience of their shared residency in the Mackay Country of northwest Sutherland, the nine tracks distil the cold landscapes into deeply moving collages, especially with the archive ‘Ossianic’ recording of the late Gaelic traveller, Ailidh Dall, and his storyteller granddaughter Essie Stewart’s vocals. The beautiful architecture from all the ancient and contemporary sounds sits happily under Copeland’s supervision and obvious groovemastery.
Norman Chalmers - Scotland on Sunday
“A Northerly Land speaks to themes
of local and seasonal migrations woven into centuries of cultural change. It
speaks of who we are and where we come from, while also signposting where we are
trying to go. The voices, in terms of instruments and spoken word, are immediate
and international – but equally they are emphatically local and embedded in
place and people.”
(Dr Isobel MacPhail, Mackay Country Community Trust)
It’s not often that album endorsements come from leading academics – but then Iain Copeland’s debut solo release, A Northerly Land, is no ordinary album. Created during a year-long artist’s residency in the furthest north-west corner of mainland Scotland, as part of an innovative community history project, it’s a brilliantly multilayered, sumptuously textured tapestry of traditional and contemporary elements, live instrumentation and digital wizardry, music and the spoken word, by turns euphorically funky, thrillingly adventurous and profoundly moving.
Released Dec 2013
There is no doubt Gunn is a true standard-bearer of "the carrying stream': An excellent collection of poems.
Dan Mackay - Caithness Courier
George Gunn is based in Caithness
where he lives and writes. Previously artistic director for The Grey Coast
Theatre Company, George now concentrates on his writing and teaching in Thurso.
A well kent name in the north, George was asked to produce some poetry for the
Mackay Country project ‘Moving Times and Telling Tales’ some of which appear in
When times are good
when there is butter in the dish
& tatties in the pail
& the fish lies fresh & white
on the board by the sink
this is when I see the pattern
in the stone
& the runes hanging
in the West blown clouds
are all the instruction I need
to hear the birds in the birch trees
to follow the ageless black paths
signalled in the curls of your hair
how you are September & how you dance