The Bothy Society is excited to announce Eabhal’s music anticipated second album, ‘Aisling’.
Eabhal formed as a band while all five members were based on the Hebridean island of Uist. On the release of their previous album, they were described as “one of the most talked-about young bands to emerge in the last year” by The National, and it saw them nominated for a whole host of Trad Music Awards.
As well as performing traditional songs alongside contemporary and self-penned tunes, the five-piece also draws influence from other musical cultures and unites these in their music. Aisling showcases an array of new arrangements and both Gaelic and English songs. A lot of the material came together remotely during the lockdown, and the title of the album Aisling (Gaelic word for dream), is in reference to the creative process the band followed while putting the album together – combining their musical ideas from a distance.
Jamie MacDonald, the fiddle player with Eabhal, said: “The album is a culmination of our creative work so far, and it draws heavily on geographical influences. Each track has a strong connection with a place and a time, as well as drawing inspiration from the people we have met throughout our travels as a band”.
The album was funded by Creative Scotland with the band recording at Gloworm Studios with acclaimed producer Calum MacCrimmon of Breabach and was tracked and mixed by Ross Saunders (Mànran), mastered by Michael Fossenkemper of TurtleTone Studios and features, additional Bass from Charlie Stewart (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017).