AN GAILEARAÍ PRESENTS

VII dTonn / VII Waves

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AN GAILEARAÍ PRESENTS

VII dTonn / VII Waves by Erlend Brown & Dave Jackson

“There’s been a Murder,”on the small island of Egilsay (the church island) in Orkney on Easter Monday 1117. Earl Hakon has deceived his cousin Earl Magnus, in what was intended to be a truce meeting, but ended up in the slaying of Magnus. ‘Seven Waves,’ was originated as a visual art installation, part of the commemoration event ‘Magnus 900’ in St Magnus’ Kirk, Birsay, the parish where Magnus grew up and was first laid to rest, prior to his remains being carried to St Magnus’ Cathedral in Kirkwall.

The inspiration behind the exhibition is ‘Tryst on Egilsay’ a poem cycle by George Mackay Brown. The seven poems retell the great story from the Orkneyinga Saga from a variety of view points and actors. George said, “In this sequence of poems structured well or ill, like the waves of the sea – I tried to imagine what is left out of the great story: the thoughts of the island men and women.” Also the thoughts of Earl Hakon; the helmsman of Earl Magnus’ ship; the killers; the Egilsay Priest; the men of Egilsay; the two tinkers. Erlend Brown and Dave Jackson have responded to the ‘waves metaphor’ to create an art installation which would challenge their own visual imaginations. The exhibition consists of seven wave shaped canvases with painted images on both sides. The poems are displayed on semi-transparent Japanese paper in perspex frames originally presented in English and Scots Gáidhlig but now in an Irish language translation by Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair, whose scholarship has made them available to a wider readership in Ireland and beyond. The visual element of the installation is completed by 14 limited edition prints.

The exhibition has a specially commissioned ‘soundscape’ by Donegal composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Harrigan. This consists of seven movements each one corresponding to the poems and waves. The commission was initiated by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and the Seven Waves project now has an accompanying Donegal soundtrack reflecting our long established linkages extending further back than St. Colm Cille’s 563 A.D. crossing of the Struth na Maoile. The composition in the ‘Donegal Style’ completes the project, ‘Floating poems in a sea of canvas waves and Irish music.’

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