r2vyln3rdioj14u-rld0ska where mountains meet the sea: August 2018

Ossian's Grave

In the Highlands of Scotland I love,
Storm clouds curve down on the dark fields and strands,
With icy grey mist closing in from above –
Here Ossian’s grave still stands.
In dreams my heart races to be there,
To deeply breathe in its native air –
And from this long-forgotten shrine
Take its second life as mine.

Alan Riach, from The Winter Book: New Poems 

Òran nan Clachan : Song of the Stones



To help us launch our new Gaelic Language Plan, we commissioned poet Daibhidh Eyre to write a poem in Gaelic and Scots. In conjunction with Double Take Projections, we then created a visual spectacle by projecting the poem in Gaelic and Scots onto 8 historical sites across the length and breadth of the country.
 
“Òran nan Clachan” (“Song of the Stones”) highlights the associations that our historical sites have with Gaelic and Scots language and culture. - Historic Environment Scotland

 

The Fishing Boat



Brian Cromarty sings The Fishing Boat by Lise Sinclair, alongside the Transatlantic Gathering at the Orkney Folk Festival, 24/05/14
 
 
in memory of Lise Sinclair (1971-2013)


Assynt and Edinburgh

From the corner of Scotland I know so well
I see Edinburgh sprawling like seven cats
on its seven hills beside the Firth of Forth.

And when I'm in Edinburgh I walk
amongst the mountains and lochs of that corner
that looks across the Minch to the Hebrides.

Two places I belong to as though I was born
in both of them.

They make every day a birthday,
giving me gifts wrapped in the ribbons of memory.
I store them away, greedy as a miser.


Norman MacCaig. from The Poems of Norman MacCaig (ed. by Ewen McCaig)

Fèis Rois Cèilidh Trail Finale Concert



Òigridh Fèis Rois air an clàradh aig Cùirt an Easbaig ann an Inbhir Nis, Disathairne 11mh Lùnastal 2018.Fèis Rois Cèilidh Trail groups recorded at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on Saturday 11th August 2018.

Waking to a Glorious Sunrise on a Scottish Mountain Top



After an emotional hike and then wild camp the previous day, I woke to a stunning sunrise on top of a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. The pre dawn sky was extra special given the way I was feeling and the letter from the night before..... - Murray Wilkie of Scotland's Mountains

for Shirley G :)

A Hebridean (South Uist) Folk Song Suite


 
One of the most Graingeresque pieces in Stevenson's ouevre. This set of works is, in the words of the composer, 'a day in the life of an island women'. The pieces are:

I. Sailing Song
II. A witching song for the milking
III. A little mouth music
IV. Waulking song
V. Spinning song
VI. A tired mother's lullaby
VII. The Christ child's lullaby

All the tunes are taken from that monumental field study, 'Folk Songs and Folklore from South Uist' by Margaret Fay Shaw (first published in 1955 and still in print). - Christopher Guild

The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry



Carolyn Allan and Jenny Keldie with Phil Cunningham
Sule Skerry here and here