Metal band’s live debut makes for interesting night at Perth Museum

3rd May 2017

A Perth musician has combined his love for metal music and the Iron Age with a unique debut performance – at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

Not only did Iain Scott and his band Cruithin wow the audience as they performed metal music in amongst heavy metal artefacts, history fan Iain chalked up points towards his degree. That’s because his original songs carry themes of Picts and ancient Scottish times.

Iain, a long-term lover of both metal music and ancient history, had been writing songs with Celtic Iron Age themes as part of his music degree final year project. After learning that a live performance in an appropriate venue could contribute to his dissertation, the Perth College UHI student approached Perth Museum and Art Gallery with the idea of a gig with a difference.

Culture Perth and Kinross, which runs the historic visitor attraction, agreed and Cruithin was formed, consisting of Iain and three friends on guitar and drums. They were part of the entertainment at Culture Perth and Kinross’ first birthday party, where they took over the museum’s History Gallery, playing folk metal among the heavy metal exhibits.

Iain said: “I’ve been interested in ancient history since I was little, particularly weapons and military history. Next to music, history has been a passion of mine.

“As part of our final year project we have to perform original music. I saw that Perth Museum had been putting on some interesting performances, including a rap artist, so I took a chance and approached them and it worked. My dissertation looks at the impact of national identity on folk metal, so it was a perfect fit.”

For Culture Perth and Kinross, a charitable trust formed last year to deliver and develop museum and library services across the county, innovative live performances are part of its mission.

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, said: “Having Cruithin play at our birthday party sums up what our organisation is all about, which is to celebrate Perth and Kinross’s culture in surprising and innovative ways. The band went down a storm and we were delighted to help Iain with his degree project.”

Iain, who plays rhythm and lead guitar, isn’t sure whether Cruithin will continue, however, or just be a flash in the (metal) pan.

“I was really nervous performing as the lead singer and guitarist. I admit I’m more used to being a back-up musician. But I’m really glad I did it,” said Iain.

Culture Perth and Kinross threw a week of birthday celebrations in and around Perth, which formally submitted its UK City of Culture bid last week. Next up at Perth Museum and Art Gallery is an exhibition close to Iain Scott’s heart: Picts & Pixels, a chance to explore the world of the Picts through using the latest digital and gaming technology. Picts & Pixels runs from May 20th to August 12th.

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