Scotland’s Voices Unveiling

Scotland’s Voices Unveiling

11 August 2017

The Saltire Society is delighted to be unveiling celebrated artist Alexander Moffat’s prequel painting to Poet’s Pub at an intimate event on Friday 11 August.

Scotland's Voices is a major new painting by Alexander Moffat, a complementary work to go alongside his iconic Poets' Pub painting of 1980 currently hanging in the National Galleries of Scotland. This unveiling will be the works first public appearance.

Scotland's Voices celebrates and represents the oral tradition in Scottish culture, a vital accompaniment to the literary tradition embodied by the poets in the earlier painting. It depicts and imagines singers, musicians, archivists and recorders, poets and thinkers committed to the folk tradition in its widest sense in the year 1959. Centred on Hamish Henderson, its range of reference includes such major figures as Jeannie Robertson, Jean Redpath and Aly Bain.

This unveiling is the first of a series of events to celebrate this important work’s first outing. The 11 August will see Alexander Moffat introduce his work, with it being unveiled by Gaelic folk legend Dolina Maclennan, who herself features in the painting. The unveiling will be followed by a musical performance from source musicians Aly Bain and Alan MacDonald. 

All the events will be held at Saltire Society Headquarters (9 Fountain Close, Edinburgh) from 7.30pm. Events are free but spaces are limited and must be booked.

Speaking about the painting, Sandy Moffat said:

Scotland’s Voices was conceived as a ‘companion’ to Poets’ Pub. Like Poets’ Pub, it’s a kind of ‘history painting’ set in the 1950’s when Hamish Henderson was travelling around the north of Scotland with a large tape recorder. Both paintings celebrate the poets and folk singers who shaped and contributed in such an important way to the art and culture of modern Scotland.


Posted on 07 August 2017 under Literature, History & Heritage