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Out of the peat smoke, ancient traditions find relevance in a contemporary world. Bold, exciting new Gaelic music and a stellar lineup!
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Scots Gaelic used to be spoken all over Scotland and the descendants of its speakers can be found right across the modern world. This scattering of people is the Scots Gaelic diaspora. Struileag - Shore to Shore is mapping the farthest reaches of this amazing diaspora and connecting with people who feel the call of a culture that is etched into their DNA.

20 critically-acclaimed Gaelic poets are busy writing new material. Headed by Kevin MacNeil, this team of writers includes renowned poets and songwriters as well as new and emerging voices, covering a broad spectrum, from the avant-garde to the more traditional luminaries, emerging writers and traditional Gaelic singers

This new writing, while drawing on tradition, explores modern, hard hitting, contemporary styles and themes. Some pieces will be delivered as spoken word, underscored by music and others will be developed into original song.

Composer Jim Sutherland has been commissioned to create 75 minutes of contemporary music score is in response to the commissioned poetry and text produced. 

Jim’s fingerprints, as a musician, producer and composer, can be found on more than two hundred albums across a bewildering spectrum. He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in their field, worldwide.

Have a listen to some of the music we have recorded already.

What this Kickstarter will fund:

We're bringing together 9 of Gaeldom's finest singers and 12 top Scottish musicians. 

This kickstrater will contribute towards the recording of 75 minutes of brand new music, song, poetry and spoken word. 

The ensemble needs your support for...

  • Studio hire 
  • Equipment Hire
  • Artist Accommodation
  • Travel Cost
  • Catering                

A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to safeguard this innovative body of contemporary Gaelic art for future generations 

Meet our Amazing band and find out more..!!

www.struileag.com

www.labanda.org 

Risks and challenges

Risks 1: Performers not available
* Its hard to coordinate 20 musicians and singers, some may not available
for recording dates but we have identified some fantastic reserve performers

Risk 2: Crowd funding campaign not successful....
* La Banda is a non profit organisation, any money donated will definitely
produce an album, the length of the album may be reduced to cut cost but
you will receive an award...

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.26

    ONE FANTASTIC DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: recorded by the 20-piece Struileag band. Blasad nan Deur / Tasting Tears: a poignant but uplifting song of separation. Lead vocal by Kathleen MacInnes, words by poet Iain S. MacPherson, music by Jim Sutherland. Available for immediate download.

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    5 TRACK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: 5 tracks of brand new Gaelic music including the one above, recorded by the 20-piece Struileag band. Rural life gives way to the urban sprawl in a dramatic portrait of a people who have pollinated the culture of the world. Available for immediate download.

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    FULL ALBUM DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Be carried on an epic musical journey into the world of the Gael, a people spread across the globe! The 5 tracks above will be available for immediate download. The full album including remixes will be will be sent to a specified email address at end of project.

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    SPOONS LESSON: Learn how to play the spoons!! One half-hour session will be provided via Skype by professional musician and Struileag director Jim Sutherland. Session time & date will be arranged via your specified email address.

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 25

    CD ALBUM: Presentation copy of the full album, plus full digital download (5 tracks available for immediate download). An explosion of anthemic show-stopping songs. Beautifully packaged with a high quality booklet containing the poems, commissioned artwork and text that inspired the music.

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT & FULL ALBUM: Be the envy of your friends in a limited edition Struileag commemorative t-shirt! Plus presentation copy of CD album and full digital download, as above (5 tracks available for immediate download).

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    SIGNED POSTER, T-SHIRT & FULL ALBUM: All of the above, plus a special edition poster signed by all 20 members of the band, the very brightest stars of the Scottish music scene and beyond!

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    GAELIC SONG LESSONS: A course of 4 half-hour online song lessons provided via Skype with a professional Gaelic singer. Suitable for any level of language ability.... times & dates will be organised via your specified email address.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 94

    CLAN CRAFTS: Have you ever wondered what everyday life was like in Scotland's past? A unique outdoor experience with Ar Tìr / Our Land – a chance to learn some traditional crafts such as thatching and ropemaking, survival techniques and storytelling. Also included is a copy of the CD album as above and full digital download (5 tracks available for immediate download). This reward will take place on Saturday 22nd March 2014 in Comrie, Perthshire. N.B.Cost of travel not covered. For more info see: www.ar-tir.com

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 126

    GAELIC LANGUAGE LESSONS: 5 one-hour language lessons provide via Skype from a range experienced Gaelic tutors. Suitable for various levels of language ability and can also be arranged for learners from across the diaspora! Session dates & times to be arranged via your specified email address

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    Pledge £120 or more About US$ 151

    'THANK YOU' ON THE SLEEVENOTES OF THE ALBUM: You'll see your name in print with a special big 'Thank You' from everyone in the Struileag team! You'll also receive a beautifully packaged presentation copy of the full album, a signed poster of the album artwork, limited edition commemorative T-Shirt and the full digital download with 5 tracks available for immediate download.

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    PERFORM ON THE ALBUM! Come along to the studio and be recorded clapping, whistling, humming, foot-tapping, chorus-singing and overall making a joyful noise along to some of the groundbreaking new music that the Struileag band are producing. Your name will appear on the album credits for all to see! You'll also receive a beautifully packaged presentation copy of the full album, a signed poster of the album artwork, limited edition t-shirt and the full digital download with 5 tracks available for immediate download. This reward will take place in Scotland in April 2014. Exact time and date will be arranged via your specified email address. N.B. does not cover cost of travel to studio.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,514

    BECOME AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR…!!
    Have your name listed as an official sponsor, on our website,CD Album, book of poetry, at all our events and via our high profile press campaigns across Scottish broadcast and international media

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