The Lament  (Sound concept by Rita – piper Gavin O’Loghlen- boomerang clap and rattle- Major Sumner)

The Lament is a sound recreation and musical tribute to the 2005 Connecting Spirits Ceremony. This involved the return of soil from Harelbeke New British Cemetery in Belgium, from the grave of Private Rufus Gordon Rigney, Regimental Number 3872, to his homeland. On reflection of this significant day, I recall two powerful instruments from different cultures that seemed to blend effortlessly on the day. They were the clapping and rattling of the boomerangs by Major Sumner, with the Talkinjeri dance group and the bagpipes by piper John Simpson. This event was to spark the beginning of the Connecting Spirits project 2006.