Gordon Wells was delighted to give a short presentation on Island Voices to the Hitzargiak Congress, held in the Basque Country on June 23rd and 24th. There was a very full programme over the two days of the congress, with the first full roundtable discussion focussing on Oral Heritage. Always happy to assert the “Primacy of Speech”, Gordon was also pleased to learn of broadly similar projects working in Alsatian, Basque, and Galician.
“Writing is, of course, a very important skill and an intriguing facet of linguistic behaviour”, he said, in his opening remarks (simultaneously interpreted in three other languages!). “But it is still, nonetheless, a kind of accoutrement to the essence of language, which is realised in its most elemental form through speech. And in the context of language endangerment, I suggest we must take care to continue supporting ordinary talk, because if we lose recognisable speech we lose the essential medium through which to maintain language.”
There’s a packed programme at this month’s Taigh Ciùil, including the launch of the CD of Island Voices contributor Catherine Eunson’s musical collaboration with North Uist resident Pauline Prior-Pitt. Here’s a short sample.
If you can’t make it to the launch there are more details available on Catherine’s website.
Liam Alastair Crouse has recently arrived in Uist to take up employment with Ceòlas as Gaelic Development Officer. Here he talks to Gordon Wells in Gaelic about his Rhode Island background and his interests in Gaelic and Archaeology. He then goes on to explain a bit about his job and what his hopes are for it.
He is keen to meet and talk to anyone in the community with an interest in Gaelic. He gives his e-mail contact details at the end of the interview.
You can also read more about his posting on the Ceòlas website here.
Mar a chluinneas sibh, tha Gàidhlig mhath aige. Gur math a thèid leis!
More media training coming up – this time through An Radio. Click on the poster for more details and registration.
Looking 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…
Four 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!