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A tidal wave of music hit the banks of the River Clyde and COP26 earlier this week – a hymn to action on climate change.
Among the hundreds of music makers from around the world who made their presence felt was a group of people from Mid Argyll.
The idea originated in early 2020. As COP26 was originally scheduled to be held in November of the same year, a small group of Scottish artists planned to use the power of music in a live performance to promote well- being global and climate justice.
With pilot funding from Creative Scotland, community music group Oi Musica, specializing in street band music, has partnered with the all-inclusive Soundhouse Choir and award-winning folk musician Karine Polwart.
To be inspired by it, Karine was inspired by the mythology of Saint Mongoose and the famous “the tree, the bird, the fish and the bell” of Glasgow.
The song Enough is Enough was born.
As the pandemic set in and the conference was postponed, plans changed. The play became a music video, and the idea of inviting many more people to add their voices took shape.
Community groups were invited to record their own version of the song to increase pressure on leaders to take decisive action at COP 26.
Described as “an outpouring of crashing, tumbling music that begins with a few small drops, accelerating as more people join in and reaching a climax,” the whole force unleashed at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday 10 November in Govan with a performance mass as part of the COP 26.
In Govan was Tayvallich-based musician Sarah Phizacklea – but on the Saturday before heading to Glasgow, Sarah invited a group of people from Tayvallich, Carsaig and Crinan to her barn to create their version of Enough is Enough.
Sarah explained: “It was wonderful to add weight to such an important cause, a little more pressure on our leaders to really commit to tackling climate change. And it was so much fun!
“Our video was uploaded to the growing collection of voices from across the country and around the world.
“There were about 20 of us in total. It was filmed by Mark and Jane Smith, James Lehmann did the sound recording and the singers were Mary McNeill, Iona Barr, Kathie Baer, Kathie Fife, Jan Aksnes, Charlie Silverton, Ulla Hammervig, Fiona Lowrie, Biddy Simpson , Mary McLauchlan and Val Beattie.
The group consisted of Nils Aksnes, Keira Anderson, Kevin Williams and Hugh Fife. Nicholas Mes from Boutique Tavallich served us a fabulous warming stew.
She added: “I know the people who wrote it and I thought the idea of everyone singing the same song with the same message was so powerful and gave a sense of hope, which together we can solve. the climate crisis. “
The group’s video can be viewed on Facebook or Vimeo (vimeo.com/642322173#). See letitgrow.scot for more information on the larger project.
Search # MusicforCOP26 to find all videos.