Hanna Tuulikki
Away with the Birds


Artist and musician Hanna Tuulikki’s Air falbh leis na h-eòin (Away with the birds) is a body of work exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. In August 2013, it became a sited performance on the Isle of Canna in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. A natural choice, given that Away with the Birds was conceived for, and inspired by, the Isle of Canna’s ecology, birdlife, history and community.

The piece was made by weaving together fragments of traditional songs and poems that imitate or emulate birdsong; divided into five movements, each of which represents a different habitat and bird community — wader, sea-bird, wildfowl, corvid, and cuckoo. Prior to the live performances, a lusciously printed programme was produced and issued to audience members as a guide and take-home memento, featuring Tuulikki’s beautiful hand-drawn visual score, gaelic translation notes and intricate maps of Canna itself. An accompanying microsite was also created to provide further context for the project, sell tickets and list performance times, location and travel information.


Design: Ryan R Thompson
Art Direction & Illustration: Hanna Tuulikki