Footsteps project set to make its mark at UK City of Culture Festival

An exciting inter-cultural project fusing Gaelic and Indian songs, music and heritage will be performed as part of the UK City of Culture 2017 Festival taking place in Hull this summer.

The project; Ceumannan // Footsteps, commissioned by ATLAS Arts, explores the vocal similarities between Gaelic and Indian work-songs, rhythms and beats, and examines the common histories found within the respective cultures.

Jason Singh wearing glasses looking straight into the camera in a tightly cropped shot.The music, which combines Gaelic Song, Indian Raga, electronica and beat-boxing woven into a unique soundscape, stems from a collaboration between traditional Gaelic singer, Anne Martin and London-based vocal sculptor, Jason Singh, whose personal biographies helped inspire the project.

The artists will perform alongside multi-instrumentalist Joe Harrison and Indian musicians, Sharat Chandra Srivastava and Gyan Singh, whom they worked with in the development of the project during a three-week research trip to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India.

In addition to the upcoming performance at the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Festival, the ATLAS Arts project will also take to the stage in London at Southbank Centre on 8 July, following its selection by the Performing Rights Society for Music Foundation as part of the New Music Biennial 2017, an initiative in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

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Jason Singh and Anne Martin will also perform Ceumannan //Footsteps to open the 26th annual Fèis an Eilean, Skye Festival, curated by Skye-based arts organiser, SEALL (Skye Events For All) and held at venues across the Sleat peninsula of the island.

This summer’s festival dates follow on from Singh and Martin’s headline performance at BLUE SKYE: LAND, an event curated by ATLAS Arts as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival on New Year’s Day 2016 held at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.