Review Bogha-foris at Celtic Connections 2nd Feb 2020 by Kara Conway
The final night of Celtic Connections saw the return of
Bogha-frois – Gaelic for rainbow – following its launch at the ever-popular
winter festival last year.
Coordinated by Man of The Minch Pedro Cameron, over forty LGBT+ artists shared their experiences of being part of this community using the folk genre, from multi-award winning Gaelic singer Mischa Macpherson to BBC Radio Scotland’s Singer/Songwriter Of The Year Mike McKenzie and Glasgow-based rising stars Scarlett Randle, Finn Anderson and Megan D.
Folk music is, after all, storytelling music and a rich variety of stories were told. Rosanne Reid’s captivating, low-key song ‘I Love Her So’ told her personal love story; exploring the tenderness and warmth she feels towards her partner, while contemporary Gaelic singer and MC of the night Kim Carnie’s ‘Mother Moon’ looked outwards, celebrating the way in which all aspects of our world are interconnected.
Spoken word performer Leyla Josephine brought the showcase and folk tradition firmly into the 21st century with her account of the awkwardness experienced during her first same-sex Tinder date, an honest and witty piece, with a string accompaniment provided by fellow artists; highlighting the truly collaborative nature of the concert.
Writer Russell T Davies recently explained:
‘As an out society we are less than 50 years old, really, and that’s nothing … there are things that we’ve felt, things that we’ve said, emotions in our hearts that have not been put out there.’
With Bogha-frois still in its early years, and many of Scotland’s finest musicians aligning themselves with the project, I look forward to hearing more from these vibrant, creative LGBT+ voices in folk.
by Kara Conway