There are still some noble places where people are treated well, as equals, no matter where you come from. You can find those places. The clues are in their people, and their music…
Track : Be Long Here by Whisky Kiss, available on iTunes
Video : Filmed & Edited by Louise Bichan (www.louisebichan.co.uk) & Euan Robertson, thanks to you both, we cannot praise them enough!
Tunes : Tain in the Rain by Gordon Duncan, Thunderstruck - original was AC/DC but this version arranged for bagpipes by Gordon Duncan.
DJ - Grum/Whisky Kiss; Percussion - Joanne McDowell; Fiddle - Siobhan Anderson; Bagpipes - Ewan Duncan; Drums - Scotty Arnott;
Dancers - Brogan Bauld, Sara Kelly;
Breakdancers - Util Oussellam, Bilal Oussellam, Liam Steward;
Actresses - Laura Jane Wilkie (Highland Clearances), Teeny Ng (2015)
Storyline, vocals - Iain MacPhail & Mridul Wadhwa
Background to the story :
Mridul worked at a women's refuge in Leith (Edinburgh) called Shakti Womens Aid, working with abused women who had moved to Scotland, often to flee a tragic or terrifying situation "at home" and often against their will. The parallels with the brave women of the Highland Clearances, such as you can find in Iain Crichton Smith's excellent novel "Consider The Lilies" were the inspiration for our story. That, and the great Scots tradition - epitomised by Burns & "A Man's A Man" - for treating people well, as equals, no matter where they come from, geographically or in social standing. So we set out to compare the stories of a girl from the 1815 Clearances (The Burning) which were some of the worst, and the story of a girl from Asia, 200 years later, moving to Scotland. And we asked the question, ok, so what happens next...