Gaelic Song Trail at Merchant City Festival
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Gaelic Song Trail at Merchant City Festival


A new Gaelic Song Trail curated by acclaimed musician Mary Ann Kennedy will be staged in Glasgow city centre as part of this year’s Merchant City Festival.

The trail, which will take place from 3pm on Sunday 30 July will bring the city’s Gaelic history back to life by telling the Gaels’ story through song, music and interacting with familiar characters along the way.

Starting at Glasgow’s iconic George Square with a near-forgotten song, Horo tha mi fo smalan dheth by John MacFadyen about the famous sculptures corralling the square, the trail will traverse through some of Glasgow’s best-known streets, down Queen Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, ending down by the Clyde, once the life line of the city’s early migrant communities.

Internationally acclaimed Gaelic musician, singer and composer, and well known urban Gael Mary Ann Kennedy will lead the musical performance, which includes songs from her new album An Dàn, giving a contemporary view on the city and its multicultural communities alongside the reinterpretation of classic music.

Depute Lord Provost and Chair of the Merchant City Festival steering group Bailie Philip Braat, said:  “As part of the Merchant City Festival’s richly diverse programme of the very best of Scottish and international art, the Gaelic Song Trail explores an important aspect of the city’s history in a fresh and fascinating way, and brings the story up to date with contemporary musical observations for what promises to be a very enjoyable event.”

The Merchant City Festival presents some of the best of Scottish and international art and entertainment with a programme of street arts, music, theatre, food & drink, visual art, film, comedy, dance, fashion & design and children & families activities, while at the same time showcasing the unique cultural hub that is the Merchant City.  

The Gaelic Song Trail is the first engagement event for a wider three-year project called ‘Glaschu Gàidhlig’ being developed by Glasgow Life with Glasgow University and Dress for the Weather, to increase the visibility and deepening the awareness of the cultural, linguistic and historical connection Gaelic has with the city. This strategic aim will be achieved by using Glaschu Gàidhlig, an interactive Map, public engagement and art programme as a catalyst.

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