Chromatic is a video series capturing musicians in unique places around Ireland. See previous episodes featuring MuRli, Maija Sofia, Royal Yellow, Wyvern Lingo and more.
Gaffney possesses a a warm melodic timbre, that is immediately recognisable.
The Chromatic team and Gaffney went to Creevykeel Court, a Neolithic tomb in Sligo (more below) for the performance of her song ‘Not Even Here’, a song from the 2021 debut solo five-track EP. It’s a gorgeous drifting ambient pop song that suits the cairn setting and Chromatic’s roving camera work.
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Creevykeel is one of the best examples in Ireland of a full-court tomb. Dating from the Neolithic period (c. 4000 – 2500 BC) it consists of a wedge-shaped cairn, and an oval-shaped court.
The cairn measures 55 x 25 meters, with the wider edge to the east and tapers away to a narrow tail on the west end. A narrow passage, which would probably have been roofed originally, leads into the massive inner court, which could easily hold 100 people. The court measures 15 x 9 meters.
The standing stones around the court are massive chunks of local sandstone studded with pieces of quartz. The stones get larger approaching the opening at the rear of the court, which gives access to an inner chamber, now roofless but which was originally covered with massive corbels, making a massive artificial cave.
There are three smaller chambers at the western end of the monument. Excavations in 1935 uncovered four cremation burials, Neolithic pottery, polished stone axes, flint knives and scrapers and two clay balls. The court was reused in Early Christian times by iron smelters, and the remains of a kiln from this time can be seen.
Info via carrowkeel.com.