Air falbh leis na h-eòin – Away with the Birds: Tectonics Festival, Culture Show

11 May 2013

 9 voice version of Air falbh leis na h-eòin (Guth na h-eoòin/Voice of the Bird) ‘highlight’ of Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2013!

Hanna and the birds in the Scotsman:

Hanna on the Culture Show with Janice Forsyth



‘A complete and immersive evocation of place and sense, an attempted re-imagining of wilderness landscapes both without any human involvement and filled with the echoing resonances of history and tradition.’  (Review of work in progress performance at Tramway, David Pollock, Northings.)

Hanna Tuulikki’s Air falbh leis na h-eòin | Away with the birds is a body of work interrogating the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song.

At its core is a vocal composition, Guth na eòin | Voice of the Bird, created for a choir of female singers for performance outdoors on Canna in the Inner Hebrides. The piece reinterprets archive, fragmenting and re-building extracts of Gaelic songs into an extended soundscape that grows out of and responds to the landscape. It explores the relationship between the Scottish Gaelic tradition and bird communities, evoking the sounds, movements and interactions of several species of birds within a Hebridean landscape.

To create this piece, Hanna will explore the delicate nature of island-life, the co-existence of history and innovation, the relationships between bird, man and the land.

Air falbh leis na h-eòin is currently in development, growing into a site-specific performance for a small Hebridean island. As well as live vocal performance, it will also incorporate dance as well as immersive audio and light installation. It will be an expansive experience, a personal journey across time and place, fostering interaction and a deep connection with our natural and cultural origins.

The project is conceived by artist Hanna Tuulikki and is produced by Trigger in association with Cape Farewell. It is being made by an inter-disciplinary team, consisting of visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers, story-tellers, sound recordists, ornithologists, conservationists and anthropologists.

Nerea Bello: vocalist
Lucy Duncombe: vocalist
Suzy Glass: producer
Rosalind Masson: choreographer
Deirdre Nelson: textile artist
Eleanor Ratcliffe: environmental psychologist
Geoff Sample: field recordist
Mary Smith: vocalist
Daniel Warren: film-maker
Andrew Whitehouse: anthropologist

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+ More about the project

Hanna Tuulikki is a musician, visual artist and illustrator whose primary focus is the human voice. As a vocalist she performs, composes and records solo and group works, as well as fronting Glasgow-based bands Nalle and Two Wings. Hanna’s art practice is largely place-specific and uses various forms of performance and installation to respond to both rural and urban settings. She often uses voice as a material to experiment with ways of dissolving language and distinctions between separate phenomena. One aspect of her work stems from an interest in the role of song and sound mimesis as way to engage with environment and the sounds that emanate from landscape. Another aspect grows from an interest in ideas of community and the meaning of song in human relationships. Exploration of folk traditions also runs through her work. Hanna makes drawings that parallel her work with sound, illustrating subject, process and narrative.
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Performance & Installation

By Hanna Tuulikki

3 March 2013

with Lucy Duncombe and Nerea Bello on The Echo Chamber, Radio 4

9 March 2013

As part of Rip it Up at the Tramway – a work-in-progress sharing of new work by Hanna Tuulikki, choreographer Rosalind Masson and film-maker Daniel Warren.

11 May 2013

An expanded version of the vocal composition for Away with the Birds, commissioned for Ilan Volkov’s Tectonics Festival, Glasgow. Performed with 9 female voices at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket:


2 September 2012

Music Language Festival
Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow

6 September 2012

Work-in-progress performance
and visual installation at Dovecot Studios
10 Infirmary Street,
EH1 1LT, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 550 3660

17 November 2012

Nature Matters Conference
Stamford Arts Centre & Theatre, Stamford

23 February 2013 

Film’s Craic at the Glasgow Film Festival, CCA – including films by Daniel Warren.

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  1. Candy Verney says:

    Hi Hannah,
    Very interested in this project. Can we be in touch? Candy

  2. mo callaghan says:

    heard a small clip on radio 4 today. would love to buy this…….. where please x

    • Ruth Little says:

      Hi Mo

      Away with the Birds is still in development, so no recording is currently available, but we’ll certainly let you know when it is! Thanks for the comment. Ruth

  3. Sue says:

    Heard this challenging and moving recording in Sunday’s The Echo Chamber whilst on the move and have now followed it up.
    It fits with my sabbatical theme of endings and beginnings and community.
    Is there a recording available of Away with the Birds available?
    Many thanks

    • Ruth Little says:

      Hi Sue

      Away with the Birds is still in development, so no recording is currently available, but we’ll certainly let you know when it is! Thanks for the comment. Ruth

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