This Weeks Album of the Week is ‘Fairich’ by Whyte – Alasdair C Whyte Ross Whyte
WHɎTE is a collaboration between electronic composer and musician, Ross Whyte and Gaelic singer-songwriter, Alasdair Whyte.
The collaboration began as a commission by the organisation Ceòl ‘s Craic to bring together artists from the fields of electronic and traditional music for a live performance. Taking inspiration from Alasdair’s research interest in 17th- and 18th- century Gaelic song and poetry, the duo began working on new ambient electronic arrangements of several rarely-heard songs as well as original compositions. Their music has drawn comparisons with Sigur Rós and Martyn Bennett..
Following several successful live performances throughout Scotland and radio play on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Travelling Folk’, WHɎTE’s debut release was recorded in the late summer of this year at the University of Aberdeen and in a cave beneath Dunnottar Castle. WHɎTE were also finalists at The Danny Kyle Open Stage at The Spree in October – unfortunately, their album launch was the same night as their Album Launch. But they managed into the studio to be in conversation with Liz Clark about their new CD!
Alasdair C Whyte
Brought up on the Inner Hebridean island of Mull within a family of musicians and singers, Alasdair was involved in traditional music from a young age. His principal musical interests lie in interpreting traditional Gaelic songs and composing original music and song.
Ross Whyte is a Glasgow-based composer, originally from Aberdeen. He completed a PhD at the University of Aberdeen where his field of research was concerned with impermanence in audio-visual intermedia and headphone-specific composition.
- Gaoir (Wall)
- Fuaim an Taibh (The Ocean’s Sound)
- Leis a’ Bhata (Black Oaken Boat)
- An Lair Dhonn (The Brown Mare)
- Cumha Ni Mhic Raghnaill (The Sister’s Lament)
- Cionran (Melancholia)