Eilean Fuinn by Richard Skelton

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Publication accompanying Eilean Fuinn by Richard Skelton

Includes a link to listen and download Eilean Fuinn on SoundCloud

Eilean Fuinn is an ATLAS Arts commission by Richard Skelton. Installed in the Scorrybreac Boathouse, Portree, this evolving sound work comprises four discrete channels of sound, each repeating over long durations (between one and two hours) but at variance with one another. It will therefore subtly change over the course of its installation.

This multi-channel composition responds to Bethan Huws’ film Singing for the Sea, and the landscape that formed its temporary backcloth, when we screened it in Skye Sailing Club in 2016 as part of A Work for the North Atlantic. Skelton turned his attention to the west, to the North Atlantic, and explored traditional songs, created field recordings, and drew inspiration from the landscape of Skye, its seascape and the stories that accompany them. In particular, Eilean Fuinn, evokes the tradition of the Scottish Piobaireachd (bagpipes), with its drone-like quality – suggesting that the sea and the landscape are ‘endlessly singing to each other’.

More about the artist: 

Born in Lancashire, Richard Skelton’s work is informed by landscape, evolving from sustained immersion in specific environments and deep, wide-ranging research incorporating toponymy and language, ecology and geology, folklore and myth. To date he has released over thirty EPs and albums of music, and has produced work for exhibitions, performance, feature films and documentaries.

Richard often works with his wife and creative partner, Autumn Richardson. Over the past half-decade, they have collaborated to produce a significant body of work encompassing music, texts, film and artefacts informed by the upland landscape of south-west Cumbria. Together they edit Reliquiae, an annual journal of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, translations and visual art.

Between 2013 and 2018, Richard is participating in the Frontiers in Retreat programme – a collaborative project that fosters multidisciplinary dialogue on ecological questions within a European network formed around artist residencies.


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