The Seer

by Lauren MacColl

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'The Seer' - a Fèis Rois commission by Lauren MacColl.

This new piece of music is inspired by the life and prophecies of renowned highland prophet The Brahan Seer.
Supported by Creative Scotland.

All music and words composed by Lauren MacColl MCPS/PRS
except ‘Tàladh Choinnich Odhar’ (words - Rachel Walker, music - Lauren MacColl/Rachel Walker)

Lauren MacColl - fiddle
Mairearad Green - accordion, border pipes
Megan Henderson - fiddle, piano, backing vocals
James Mackintosh – drum kit, percussion
Anna Massie - guitar, mandolin
Rachel Newton - vocals, harp, viola

Recorded on location at The Stables, Cromarty during April 2017 by Barry Reid
Mixed by Barry Reid
Mastered by Iain Hutchison at GloWormRecording
Photography and artwork by Somhairle MacDonald

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The Brahan Seer

The 17th century Brahan Seer, Coinneach Odhar Fiosaiche (Sallow Kenneth, the One who Knows), is a name precious to all true Highlanders. With his magic stone to his eye, he could ‘see into the far future’ and his two hundred predictions - some doom-laden, others profound - range over the centuries. Allegedly born in Lewis, he was employed at Brahan Castle, home to Earl Kenneth and Countess Isabella Mackenzie. When Isabella had him arrested, tried and condemned to be burned for foreseeing rightly that the Earl was unfaithful, he then pronounced in astonishing detail the downfall of Clan Mackenzie. His commemorative stone stands near the Lighthouse on Fortrose Ness.

“There is a shadow over Culloden, but that shadow will rise and the sun shine more brightly over Scotland again.” Elizabeth Sutherland

The inspiration for this music is drawn firstly from stories I remember from my childhood growing up in the Black Isle, and latterly by the writing of Alexander Mackenzie*, Elizabeth Sutherland** and Rev. Wm. Morrison***. I am enthralled by the words and imagery contained in the Brahan Seer’s prophecies, and it has been an honour to be asked to write this collection of music for an organisation dear to my heart.
Lauren MacColl

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released September 1, 2017

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Based in Ross-Shire and founded in 1986, Fèis Rois provides opportunities for people of all ages to come together to access, participate in and enjoy traditional music and Gaelic cultural activities.

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