'An Tobar' (The Well) is a new work by Aidan O'Rourke of Lau. One of the UK's most expressive and dynamic musicians, Aidan is a fiddle player and composer from Oban in west coast Argyllshire, Scotland. He is a member of the folk supergroup Blazin' Fiddles and the exciting new trio Lau and was recently voted 'Instrumentalist of the Year' and nominated as 'Composer of the Year' at the Scots Traditional Music Awards. Inspired by the Isle of Mull, its geography, music and people, Aidan has written this new work to celebrate the tenth anniversary of An Tobar, The Tobermory Arts Centre.
The album was recorded by some of the finest musicians in Scotland: Catriona McKay Scottish Harp (Fiddler's Bid); Phil Bancroft Saxophone (Unusual Suspects); Martin Green Accordion (Eliza Carthy Band); Martin O'Neill bodhran/percussion (Dochas); Aidan O'Rourke Fiddle
With poetry specially written for the project by award-winning writer Aonghas MacNeacail, the music reflects on the origins of communities and settlements on Mull and the effect of modern times on the island. The work was composed during a residency in Tobermory when Aidan used the late Martyn Bennett's old studio in An Tobar which Martyn used to call The Well.