Gaelic Media and Communications Officer

29/04/2017 1 comment

Ceòlas were recently pleased to announce the appointment of Liam Alastair Crouse to the post of Gaelic Media and Communications Officer (Oifigear Mheadhanan is Conaltraidh Gàidhlig).

Close followers of Guthan nan Eilean will remember that he’s worked with Ceòlas in Uist before, as Gaelic Development Officer, when he recorded a short interview close to the start of his job.

So, Gordon Wells was happy to catch up with Liam again as he starts out on his new posting, this time for a video recording. Liam talks about the opportunities and challenges entailed in the task of getting more Gaelic onto the Internet. We wish him well!

Categories: Community, Video

Meetings in Lewis and Harris

10/04/2017 Leave a comment

More meetings coming up. Please spread the word.

Categories: Community, Research

Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart

03/04/2017 2 comments

Dr Donald William Stewart is based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.

Here he talks to Gordon Wells in Gaelic about the research module that the college will be conducting in Gaelic communities, as part of the Soillse “Leacag” corpus development project funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

He emphasises in particular the important role of day-to-day speakers of the language in shaping the overall results.

Tha Dòmhnall Uilleam gu bhith a’ siubhal tro na h-eileanan a-muigh ann an ùine nach bi fada, airson bruidhinn ri daoine agus na beachdan aca fhèin a chlàradh. Cumaibh cluas ri claisneachd!

Categories: Community, Research, Video

Public Meetings on Gaelic

11/03/2017 Leave a comment

Please spread the word. The more the merrier!

Categories: Community, Research

Dziewięćset dziewięćdziesiąt dziewięć!

16/02/2017 Leave a comment

kopanie1Kopanie torfu”, our first production in the recently started “Sharing Gaelic Voices” theme is approaching a significant milestone. At “dziewięćset dziewięćdziesiąt dziewięć” we are one away from 1,000 views on YouTube of our Polish documentary on peatcutting!

YouTube analytics show that in the past couple of months this has become one of our most frequently watched videos.

Who will be the one thousandth viewer?

Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Surfing: سرفنگ – Urdu Documentary

02/01/2017 1 comment

سکاٹ لینڈ میں شمالی یوئسٹ کے خوبصورت ساحلوں میں سرفنگ کے متعلق مختصر ڈاکومنٹری

Film aithriseach goirid ann an Urdu airson luchd-ionnsachaidh air surfadh ann an Uibhist a Tuath

Short Urdu documentary for language learners about surfing in North Uist

The “Island Voice” of Javed Ishaq is heard again, all the way from Multan! Following on from his Restore Project film, he now introduces Urdu learners and speakers to the joys of surfing. There are no borders when it comes to “Sharing Gaelic Voices“…

Island Voices is again pleased to make a wordlinked transcript to this film available through Clilstore. Please check Unit 4642!


Gaelic voices are also heard in the backing music, singing along to North Uist’s answer to the Beach Boys, the now “defunked” Bi Beò. Here’s the rolling refrain to Dannsa a’ Phortain (The Crab Dance):

O thì, hug oro fail ill o horo
Thì, hug oro fail i horo
Thì, hug oro fail ill o horo
Fail ill o hug oro eile


Categories: CALL, Community, UGC, Video

Yearend Milestone

31/12/2016 Leave a comment

31st December doesn’t just mark the end of 2016. It’s also the day when the number of Island Voices Facebook “likes” reached 2000! The project now works on a voluntary basis, so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our contributors over the past year who continue to make this an interesting site to visit. Our biggest project this year was undoubtedly “Saoghal Thormoid“, which we were glad to bring out in Norman’s 80th year, but we shouldn’t let that overshadow the contributions of many others. We were particularly happy to start pushing the “Sharing Gaelic Voices” theme this year, which has already doubled the number of languages in which Guthan nan Eilean videos have appeared. We hope to grow that number further in 2017…


We’re delighted to have reached 2000 Facebook “likes”, of course. The page is a great way of spreading news about the project. But our real “home” is here on WordPress. If you want to be sure of getting all the news about what we do without worrying about Facebook’s sometimes mysterious algorithms, you may wish to consider subscribing for e-mail notification? If so, check the right-hand sidebar for instruction, just below the “Follow on Facebook” icon.


We wish all our followers a happy 2017! Keep the ideas coming…

Bliadhn’ Ùr Mhath – nuair a thig i!


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