Ruaraidh Wishart, who performs under the name Little League Rebellion, is a musician who has a passion for local voices and stories. An experienced musician who draws upon his time spent performing a wide range of different genres – Ruaraidh has set out to adapt the underrated works of Charles Murray, Alford’s most famous poet. He says;
“I first encountered the poetry of Charles Murray in 2014 whilst working on a heritage education project about NE Scotland’s experience of the First World War – “Hard Vrocht Grun”. I was struck by how powerfully he projected the voices and views of the farming people in the region at that time, making them live again. Some of the views are surprising, others have a timeless and universal quality.
I also felt that this poetry isn’t known well enough – perhaps because of a perception that the language is too difficult, or that it’s too “couthy”. But I felt they could be understood well enough, both linguistically and aesthetically, if they were delivered in the right way.”
Ruaraidh is hoping to complete his project of adapting 5 more poems from Murray’s “A Sough O’ War” into an EP by the summer.