MacGillivray is a Highland musician and poet.
Her previous albums, Wolf (2009), Radiophonic Subluna (2012), Radio Beating Heart (2013) and Horse Sweat Chandelier (2014), were released to critical acclaim – The Wire describing Horse Sweat Chandelier as ‘a fine, mysterious record – shifting between chamber music, Gaelic mountain songs and dramatic chansons’. Hundred Acre is honoured to release her fifth album Once Upon a Dirty Ear in mid-2015.
MacGillivray’s passion for film has led to appearances on the soundtracks for the films of visionary British filmmaker Andrew Kötting. She appears alongside Alan Moore, Toby Jones and Iain Sinclar in Kötting’s latest film, By Our Selves, a retracing of John Clare’s journey out of Epping Forest. In 2014 she directed ‘Aisling Sheòrais MhicDhmòhnaill: George MacDonald’s Dream’ a Scottish Gaelic film with a live score, shot on the Isle of Skye and screened with live performances.
British music is lost in a hall of mirrors, mesmerised by endless constellations of winsome throwbacks repackaging a golden age that never really existed. MacGillivray is an altogether more complex proposition, a voice for and of our present days of chaos and darkness.
MacGillivray on Hundred Acre
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