Aidan O'Rourke - Hotline

Aidan O'Rourke - Hotline

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Winner of the Musician of the Year 2014 at the BBC Radio Folk Awards.

5 Tracks: TAT-1 * Clarenville * Hotline * HMTS Monarch * Gallanach Bay.

A third solo album from the talented musician, composer and producer Aidan O'Rourke.

Gordon MacLean at An Tobar Arts Centre was the catalyst for this commissioned work.

Through the PRS for Music Foundation's New Music 20x12 scheme he commissioned Aidan to write a piece which linked Argyll to the London 2012's Cultural Olympiad.

Aidan considered how through modern telecommunications the London 2012 Olympic Games could be experienced by all.

He remembered a story his Dad told him about a building, built during the Cold War just outside Oban, which housed a cable that connected the world.

This was the cable landing station for TAT-1, the first submarine telephone transatlantic cable, which carried the Moscow-Washington hotline between the American and Soviet heads of state.

This was the inspiration and the result 'Hot Line'.

They were allowed access to the building and some of the music was recorded within the massive chambers.

Catriona McKay (scottish harp), Phil Bancroft (saxophone), Martin O'Neill (bodhran, percussion), Paul Harrison, (piano and synths).

"This music was inspired by the TAT-1 project as a feat of engineering, the feelings I had growing up on the Argyll coast and also the knowledge of the area's significant link to the Cold War... The music is folk based, which is always my melodic cornerstone but ever present is my love of improvisation, polyrhythms and electronics. It is in many ways a continuation of the compositional path I began in An Tobar in 2007. It leans further into the enclave of jazz than my music with Lau and Kan but I feel it’s a folk record at heart. Avant-folk. Post-folk. Cold-war inspired folk-jazz? Call it what you like." Aidan O'Rourke.


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