“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today it’s an artist who’s gonna do for the cello what Mary Lattimore has for the harp, i.e. make it achingly cool. Ceitidh is pronounced Katie, and Mac short for MacLeod, and soon enough it’s going to be shorthand for soaring cello virtuosity. Boho like Ani DiFranco, transcendent folk like Linda (and Richard) Thompson, Welsh born Newcastle based Ceitidh has a new single called “Birds” out now and it’s got a fantastically illustrated flicker book vid to boot.
The sound is crisp, economical in scale, but anything but in pure emotional and spiritual heft and made me go and check out the lighter-flick percussive, transient yet rawly emotive “Bus Station” written during a spot of busking in Berlin. I was intrigued to find out what Ceitidh would pick for our series, and it doesn’t disappoint in pure otherworldly sound and unique spectacle, so it’s a pleasure to welcome to these digital pages, Ceitidh Mac…
Ceitidh has been working with Sam Grant, producer at Newcastle’s Blank Studios, sonic artiste and writer/guitarist in local rock & roll heroes Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs and long-time collaborator with Richard Dawson, and the relationship has been fruitful. The live instruments – cello, vibraphone and percussion have been complemented with a bit of analogue synth spark and Mac’s crisp vocals have been placed front and centre to give “Birds” the purity of a frostbitten spring morning, the bracing windrush of a North Sea lapped promontory.
There’s something timeless and runic about Ceitidh’s music, it could have been passed down as oral tradition, Celtic folklore and although her pick of tune/artist here is not from these isles, he’s got headgear that could have come straight from the legend of Robin of Sherwood…without further ado, this is Ceitidh Mac’s “song for ewe”…
“Song for Ewe – Rushad Eggleston
I love it when a musical niche is carved out and sticks! On the far end of obscure music, Rushad Eggleston is a cellist that has done just this..
He’s created a style of playing that’s driven by rhythmic riffs and melodies that use the whole spectrum of what’s possible on the cello!
Most cellists will have started learning from a classical background and then found their way into alternative styles of playing, if that’s what interests them. It’s a pretty diverse instrument, there’s lots of rules to be broken from the archetype of what a cello does as an orchestral instrument – Rushad Egglston is a pioneer of this.
I went to Dingle in Ireland about 5 years ago to do a residency with Rushad Eggleston. We started off playing a one note riff, and from that built a whole scope of grooves and melodies. It was a process of breaking things down and rebuilding them with a whole new perspective! When you strip back the spectacle of his show, along with the fictional universe/characters he’s created, he is a phenomenal cellist.
That’s why I love his sound! It seems like nothing can contain him and his music.”
MANY THANKS TO CEITIDH AND TO JOHN ESPLEN AT WIPEOUT MUSIC
You can purchase “Birds” at Bandcamp below…
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