Willie Campbell is the co-frontman of Glasgow indie rockers Astrid, was a foot soldier with The Reindeer Section and a man around the bars of the city in the late 1990’s. When the lifestyle and business of music got too much Willie retreated to the place he had once been glad to escape and sought refuge and solace on his native Lewis. Reassessing his priorities and remembering what it was he loved about music he embarked on a series of projects and collaborations, including the Open Day Rotation who form the core of tonight’s band.
In 2014 Willie started working with veteran Gaelic folk rock musician Calum Martin. A generation apart, the pair bonded over a love of Gaelic psalm singing, melodic 60s pop and Nashville Americana. Willie re-embraced the Gaelic language that he had rejected in his teens and under Calum’s tutelage produced an album of original Gaelic songs.
The lyrics are unflinching in their honesty – expressing a deep sense of loss and hope experienced before and during the process that offered Willie the chance to start again. The music in Dalma spans the highs and lows of this journey with a collection of melodies that are as beautiful, varied and inspiring as a Lewis skyline. The result of this creative partnership takes the Gaelic song tradition in exciting and uplifting new directions.
Accompanied tonight by fellow Rotationers Chris Martin (bass), Dave Macdonald (guitar), Alex Tearse (keys) and DC Macmillan (percussion) expect some fabulous guests to help bring Dalma to life.
Followed by Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band