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Frequent visitors to the Island Voices site will be familiar with Will Lamb already – the surfing dude who features in the Outdoors section of Series Two of the videos. In fact, Dr Lamb has many strings to his bow. Now a lecturer at Edinburgh University he recently returned to Uist to launch his new edition of Keith Norman Macdonald’s book, “Puirt-à-Beul”, in Daliburgh at the Ceòlas music school. The book is a unique anthology of “The Vocal Dance Music of the Scottish Gaels”, which had long been out of print, and to which Will has added significantly in order to bring it back to a modern readership (including links to recordings in the Tobar an Dualchais collection – another topic covered by Island Voices, this time in the Enterprise section).

In a fascinating talk in Daliburgh Will spoke about the original author and explained the background to the project.

He also called on some friends to give a demonstration of how “mouth music” and traditional dance went together hand in hand.

Here he gives Gordon Wells a potted summary in Gaelic.

(You may need to visit http://ipad.io/j0De if you use an iPad/iPhone.)

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  1. 07/07/2012 at 4:49 pm

    Could you post the ISBN please?

    • Gordon Wells
      07/07/2012 at 5:40 pm

      ISBN 978 1 906804 10 7, and you can purchase online if you click on the image of the book in the post above.

  2. isbeal
    07/07/2012 at 6:46 pm

    Is there sol-fa as well as staff now, or only staff?

    • Gordon Wells
      07/07/2012 at 8:20 pm

      Only staff.

  3. Rob Dunbar
    09/07/2012 at 10:54 pm

    Tha an clàradh seo taghta, a Ghordoin, agus tha mi ‘dèanamh fiùghair ris an leabhar-fhèin!

  4. Gordon Wells
    10/07/2012 at 1:52 pm

    Reblogged this on tools4clil and commented:

    The traditional song material in this book could be a great resource for language learners, especially if used with the Tobar an Dualchais audio links.

  5. Michelle NicLeoid
    23/08/2012 at 1:23 pm

    Chord seo rium – agus a’ gabhail fadachd a-nis ris an leabhar!

    • Gordon Wells
      23/08/2012 at 1:34 pm

      🙂 Tha ro-ràdh gu math inntinneach aige ann…

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