Indigenous Languages Concert Series: Gaelic | Brian & Fionnag

Fri Sep 29 2023 at 06:30 pm to 09:30 pm

Haus für Poesie | Berlin

Scottish Government in Germany
Publisher/HostScottish Government in Germany
Indigenous Languages Concert Series: Gaelic | Brian & Fionnag
Celebrating the Indigenous Languages of Wales and Scotland III: Scottish and Irish Gaelic in Storytelling and Song
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In the UN Decade of Indigenous Languages, this series of folk music concerts from the Welsh and Scottish Governments in Berlin brings the indigenous languages and cultures of Wales and Scotland to Germany through their rich oral traditions and songs by leading folk musicians from these nations.

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The indigenous languages of Scotland are Gaelic and Scots. Both are protected under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The rich oral traditions of both languages are still very much alive in song, drama and storytelling, and the literature of both languages dates back hundreds of years.

Brian Ó hEadhra & Fionnag NicChoinnich

Based in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, the duo Brian Ó hEadhra & Fionnag NicChoinnich perform songs from the Gaelic, Scots and Irish traditions. They are also established songwriters whose work in English, Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic has been highly acclaimed by audiences around the world.

Over the past 25 years, Brian & Fionnag have performed across the globe and recorded on many albums with acts such as Anam, Cruinn and Mackenzie, as well as performing on various projects including international films and game soundtracks. Both are educators and are highly sought after music, language and cultural tutors.

Fionnag NicChoinnich received the Gaelic Singer of the Year award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards 2020 whilst Brian was nominated for the same award in 2019.

As as duo, they have released three albums; "TÌR - Highland Life & Lore", "TUATH - Songs of the Northlands" and “Càirdeas”. TÌR was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 International Folk Awards. All albums have received high critical and public acclaim with TÌR being described as “…destined to become a classic of contemporary folk music... an inspired, beautiful album” by Folk Radio and TUATH as a "masterpiece" by Irish Music Magazine. "Càirdeas" is described by Irish Music Magazine as "one of the most appealing acoustic albums of the year... this is a work of deep cultural importance... the album is a model for every artist who has something to say and sing about."

"Brian Ó hEadhra and Fionnag NicChoinnich are two extraordinary artists... Both are outstanding singers and songwriters and some of the best voices in the world of Gaelic language." (World Music Central)


Brian Ó hEadhra – Vocals, Guitar, Shruti Box

Fionnag NicChoinnich - Vocals

More concerts:

15.09.2023 – The Language and Music of Wales

21.09.2023 – The Scots language in Storytelling and Song

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Haus für Poesie, Knaackstr. 97, Berlin, Germany


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