Scottish Gaelic punk

Scottish Gaelic Punk

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Scottish Gaelic Punk is a subgenre of punk rock in which bands sing some or all of their music in Scottish Gaelic. The Gaelic punk scene is, in part, an affirmation of the value of minority languages and cultures.McLaughlin, N. and McLoone, M. (2000) "Hybridity and National Musics: The Case of Irish Rock Music." Popular Music 19(2), pp. 181-199.MacÀdhaimh, S. "An dà chòmhlan 'punc' a tha a' seinn sa Ghàidhlig." The Scotsman, 19 March 2005. Gaelic punk bands express political views, particularly those related to anarchism and environmentalism.


Punk in the Welsh language, particularly the bands connected with the Anhrefn record label, was an early inspiration to the Gaelic punk scene in Scotland. However, Welsh punk has emerged from the language's heartlands and native speakers, whereas Gaelic punk has mostly been created by new learners and outsiders.

The Scottish rock band Runrig's first album (Play Gaelic) in 1978 is considered to be the first notable modern Scottish Gaelic-language music album; other than Ultravox's 1984 album "Lament", which contained some Gaelic lyrics in the song Man of Two Worlds, and mid-1990s grindcore band Scatha, from Tomintoul who featured Gaelic in several of their songs, there were no further albums of modern music all in Gaelic until spring 2005, when Oi Polloi and Mill a h-Uile Rud both released all-Gaelic EPs.

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