Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The origins of Gaelic punk

I think its fair to say that Gaelic language punk is now a thing, that is to say there have been several bands recording full EP's or albums in the language. The most prolific of these groups is certainly Edinburgh's Oi Polloi, who have now released two full length albums in Gaelic, Ar Ceol, Ar Canan, Ar-a-mach and Duisg, in addition to Gaelic language tracks on numerous split singles and EP's. While Oi Polloi were certainly at the forefront of this movement, Seattle based Mill a h-Uile Rud were also instrumental in establishing the Gaelic punk movement.

So why on earth did all these bands decide to start singing in Gaelic? Hopefully this documentary following Mill a h-Uile Rud on a tour of Europe in the early 2000's will answer a few questions.