Acclaimed Highland based Gaelic singing quartet Cruinn have received a nomination of Best Traditional Track in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. The track, Manus Mo Rùin, is from the band's latest album Stòras which was released on their own label at the Royal National Mòd in Inverness in October 2014.
Cruinn consists of four accomplished Gaelic singers who have all built up their own careers as solo singers and as members of other well known music acts. The band are James Graham from Lochinver, Fiona Mackenzie from Lewis, Brian Ó hEadhra from Dublin, and Rachel Walker from Kinlochewe. All are resident in the Scottish Highlands and are involved in numerous cultural, artistic and educational projects.
The words of the song Manus Mo Rùin were sourced from the extensive collection of folklore collected by Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, primarily from the Gaelic speaking regions of Scotland between 1860 and 1909. The music was composed by Cruinn band members and couple Fiona Mackenzie and Brian Ó hEadhra.
The track, lead by Fiona, is haunting and atmospheric as the singers pray to Magnus the great Orkney saint who was slain in 1115 AD. Fiona states: “It is a powerful text and we hope that the music and singing we have built up around it makes the prayer even more potent. We are honoured that this track has been recognised by the folk music industry.”
Cruinn will attend the Folk Awards on the 22nd April which will be held in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. The event will go out live on BBC Radio 2 and will also be available on the BBC iPlayer and Red Button Channel.
The album Stòras (cruinncd002) is available from all good record shops, from various online and digital retailers and also from the band's website www.cruinn.net. This album is supported by Creative Scotland under the Quality Production Programme.
“Strong clear melodies and beautifully full and mellow harmonies characterise Cruinn. They surpass expectations and provide a superb example of Gaelic song in the modern age.”
Living Tradition Magazine - Review of album Stòras