Cothrom at Christmas

23/02/2015 Leave a comment

nativity2Abair spòrs a bh’ aca aig Cothrom ann an Ormacleit, latha no dhà ron Nollaig!

‘S cinnteach  gun deach tòrr obair a dhèanamh ro-làimh, ge-tà, gus dealbh-chluiche sgoinneil mar seo a chur air dòigh. Nach do rinn iad uile glè mhath, an dà chuid a’ chlann fhèin agus na daoine a bha gan cuideachadh!

An all-star cast from the ranks of Cothrom‘s full-time Gaelic nursery put on a stunning performance shortly before Christmas. Congratulations all round to the young performers as well as the many helpers!

Categories: Community, Video

Ewen MacAskill

16/02/2015 Leave a comment

macaskillEwen MacAskill from North Uist talks in Gaelic to Mary Morrison about the impact of the First World War on various family members and the wider community.

As with many Uist families there were members with direct experience of the war, and some who did not return – and those who did would often not speak about it.

The impacts on the community were brought into sharp focus through his mother’s position as Grimsay postmistress, and therefore deliverer of telegrams to other local families.

This short video was filmed by Laura Donkers for the “An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach” project, led by North Uist Historical Society.

Categories: Community, UGC, Video

Lovers’ Rock

14/02/2015 Leave a comment

SuileanDubhLooking for a line on Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Here’s another love song  “haund-knitted” in Uist, with the romantic lyrics written and sung by James Macletchie.

Bi Beò (nach maireann) were early contributors to Island Voices, so might now be considered “Golden Oldies”, but their rock’n’roll’n’reggae style was “eclectic”, to say the least. Here, resurrected from their “Ma Sgaoil” collection, the Caribbean-influenced “Sùilean Dubh nan Eilean” is rendered as a Clilstore unit, allowing listeners to read as they listen, checking any words they don’t know as they go along. Happy Valentine’s Day! Keep it educational…

Categories: Audio, CALL, Community, UGC

Donald MacCormick: Highland Soldiers

09/02/2015 Leave a comment

DonaldBooksDonald MacCormick, the well-known book-collector, talks in Gaelic to Archie Campbell about the contributions and sacrifices made by Highland soldiers in the First World War, and the reputation they earned.

As the statistics he cites make clear, it came at a heavy price, especially amongst the pipers.

This is another short film, shot by Laura Donkers, made as part of the An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach project led by North Uist Historical Society, Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath, which is collecting some very distinctive “island voices” that have a special tale to tell.

Categories: Community, UGC, Video

Norman Johnson – Piper

30/01/2015 1 comment

PiperNorman2Norman Johnson talks in Gaelic to Mary Morrison about the special role of the piper in many regiments in the First World War – Canadian, Australian, Indian, and others, as well as Scottish. He relates anecdotes heard from old soldiers in the war, and finishes with a special tune – Donald’s awa’ to war.

Mary made this recording for the “An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach” project led by the North Uist Historical Society, Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath.

Categories: Community, UGC, Video

Calling Gaelic Learners

29/01/2015 3 comments

NicolaGaelicNicolaEnglishDr Nicola Carty at Glasgow University has put out a call for adult learners of Gaelic to take part in a new research project. It’s intended to help develop resources for learners.

You don’t have to go to her. She will come to you. And you get paid for your time!

Click on either of the images (English or Gaelic) to find out more.

Categories: Research

Community Voices Collected

22/01/2015 Leave a comment

NewPagesCompFour new pages have been added to the Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices website in the past week. They bring together selections from the additional recording work that has been ongoing in the community since the original Series One and Two were completed.

The four themes are Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Great War, Gaelic Journeys, and Storytellers. Between all four you will currently find links to 48 separate recordings in four different languages. This number is liable to grow further as more recordings in these areas are made and added to the pages. The pages also contain links to relevant blogposts about the individual recordings, as well as Clilstore versions in some cases.

You can access the pages just by clicking on the above links in this post, or you will also find tabs for the pages across the top of this site and in the sidebar to the right, below the links to Series One and Two and others. Happy viewing/listening/reading!

Categories: Audio, CALL, Community, UGC, Video
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