Launch of Aliyyah – Vagaband Voices
Friday 19 June, 2015, 6.30pm
CCA 350 Sauchiehall St. Glasgow G2 3JD
The book looks awesome, with an absolutely beautiful cover and delightful illustrations. The launch also appears to be an event not to be missed:
Half an hour or so of music and words and art. Wonderful Gaelic singer Maeve McKinnon, singer-songwriter Dave Whyte, Tom McAweaney on fiddle, and songs from The Bookends. Starting from 6.30, but come and go as you please – doors open. And all for free.
Captain Robert Haldane wakes up in a strange room, in an old house, surrounded by a beautiful but ramshackle orchard, miles from anywhere. The last thing he can remember is his helicopter being shot down over enemy territory. It appears he is in a safe house, cared for by an elderly holy man and his niece.
But how did Haldane get there, and who are these people really? With time he suspects there is someone else in the house. The soldier tracks her down: Aliyyah, a beautiful young veiled woman. Is she, too, being kept against her will, or even her knowledge? And is there really a curse on this family?
‘Aliyyah' is a modern Arabian tale, set in an unnamed war-torn country. It is a Romeo and Juliet story, but one for an age where scientific materialism is crossing bloody swords with religion. What divides these two lovers is not the war outside, or the imminent arrival of Haldane’s troops, but how they interpret the world.
6.30 Wine, chat, book stall
6.45 Paul Cuddihy and Chris Dolan play ‘Read All About It’
7.00 Maeve McKinnon (Gaelic song with Indian Shruti)
7.05 Chris. Reading from Aliyyah (with fiddle from Tom McAweaney)
7.10 Slide show of illustrations. Talk and Q/A with Chris and artist Mark Mechan
7.20 2nd reading Aliyyah
7.25 Dave Whyte (plays Dolan / Whyte song ‘Maybe this Year’)
7.30 Chris, Maeve, Tom and Paul Cuddihy play song from Aliyyah