Ancience

Ancience

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A freshly minted blend of traditional music from each of the 4 countries of the British Isles, played on the most ancient instruments, the harp and pipes, together with contemporary electronic sampling and loops.

Biography

‘Ancience’ is a new phenomenon in the UK folk scene and includes a blend of traditional music from each of the 4 countries of the British Isles, played on the most ancient instruments, the harp and pipes, together with contemporary electronics. This uniting of traditions, old and new creates an exciting mix of sounds and a diverse new voice. Four top traditional musicians - harpers Mary Macmaster (Scotland), Gwenan Gibbard (Wales), Northumbrian piper Andy May (England) and Uillean piper Tiarnán Ó Duinchinn (Northern Ireland) come together to play music from their own traditions and styles and together with Joe Acheson’s computer technology brings musical imagination and open minds together to create a mix of folk and electronic sampling and loops.
All five musicians have made a name for themselves in the UK folk scene: Mary Macmaster as a member of female group The Poozies, ground breaking Scottish harp duo Sileas and as one half of harp/percussion duo Macmaster/Hay; Gwenan Gibbard as one of Wales’ foremost traditional musicians, having performed at festivals at home and abroad; Andy May as a leading Northumbrian piper and member of piping group Baltic Crossing; Tiranan o Duinchinn as a respected and leading Uillean Piper who has performed his native traditional Irish music in all corners of the world; and Joe Acheson as a composer and producer and core member of the in-demand group Hidden Orchestra.
Ancience originally came together under a Distil commission, together with Trac, Sidmouth Folk festival, The Wiiliam Kennedy Piping Festival and The Edinburgh Harp Festival and was made possible with funding through Beyond Borders, from the PRS Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales and The Colwinston Charitable Trust. Ancience have performed at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Tegeingl Folk festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and The William Kennedy Piping Festival, Armagh. The initial funding period has now come to an end but all five musicians are eager to continue with this unique project and are working on plans to develop Ancience and secure further future performances.
**Ancience have not yet recorded and the tracks submitted are live versions (not of great recording quality) of our very first gig in Edinburgh. We hope to record some tracks soon.

Discography

**Ancience have not yet recorded and the tracks submitted are live versions (not of great recording quality) of our very first gig in Edinburgh. We hope to record some tracks soon.

Set List

45 min. set example
Donal Willy and his Dog (Scottish Pipe Tunes)
Da Day dawn
Thograinn Thgograinn
Northumbrian Pipe Tunes Set
Joe Acheson Set featuring pipe and harp
Welsh Set - Hobed o Hilion/Pibddawnsiau
Irish Reels Set
Tra Bo Dau
The Peacock Set

The Peacock Ste