The trio: David Gossage, Kate Bevan-Baker and Sarah Pagé have individually toured Canada and beyond in their own ensembles including Orealis, The Barr Brothers, Tree Talk and Land of Kush, as well as performing with the likes of Patrick Watson, Hey Rosetta!, Kid Koala, Esmerine, and Lhasa de Sela.
When the three virtuosic players first combined on stage in 2015, bringing their diverse influences of classical, jazz, African, and Indian music together with a love and appreciation for Irish and Scottish Celtic music and English and Appalachian folk songs, it resulted in a unique and innovative take on what was once old.
Bùmarang’s Echo Land, the debut album of the Montreal-based Celtic trio alludes to a reflection, a return and a resolution to find answers in the past.
“There’s something dreamlike about traditional music. The fact that people were playing something similar here in the past,” says David Gossage, described as “Montreal’s secret weapon.” “Echo Land is a reference to reverberations from the past; that evoke a feeling of timelessness.”
“We’re trying to span huge distances over generations, holding onto melodies that become half heard echoes as they ripple across the sea.” says Kate Bevan-Baker. “Traditional melodies are imbibed with new meaning every time someone picks one up and plays it in their own voice, adds their life, their time to the song. And yet some of them remain relatively unchanged and manage to whisper something, triggering vague memories.”
Echo Land is an epic journey that has flows over the realms of Celtic music, travelling the ages and back again. Bùmarang have shared loves: born, lost, regretted and celebrated, and brought us out of mists of uncertainty to a clarity of our place within this time. They’ve succeeded in making new what is old, and nourish our souls with their entirely modern celebration of tradition.