In an unlikely musical fusion of bagpipes, didgeridoo and Haka chants, Boomerang flies into the Festival 2014 celebrations this summer.
A unique collaboration that celebrates the indigenous cultures of Scotland, Australia and New Zealand, Boomerang is a tri-nations project involving 21 artists, three producers and four festivals.
Born out of a desire to explore the similarities between Gaelic, Aboriginal and Maori cultures, Boomerang features Breabach, (Scotland), Moana and the Tribe and Horomona Horo (New Zealand), and Shellie Morris, Casey Donovan, Aaron Burarrwanga and Djakapurra Munyarryun (Australia).
After meeting in an Auckland beach club in January, the participating artists talked, sang, danced and wrote music for one week. The result is stunning hour long show, allowing all three cultures an opportunity to merge through performance and music.
Boomerang was premiered at the Womad Festival in New Zealand before heading for an open-air performance at Sydney Opera House for Homeground. The event is supported by Glasgow Life, Creative Scotland, Creative New Zealand and the Australia Council.
“The shows were amazing” explains Calum MacCrimmon of Breabach. “My favourite number is Proud to Play a Pipe, where we took a 300 year old pipe tune and wrote a brand new Haka dance inspired by it. It’s great – our traditional cultures really have so many similarities.”
“The Sydney Opera House was a highlight for me” added Ewan Robertson. “It’s such an inspiring venue and to be able to perform there with all of the musicians and dancers was an experience that will remain with us all for a long time.”
Boomerang will be performed in Scotland for the first time on 17 July 2014 at the Hebridean Celtic Festival on the Isle of Lewis.