Before the project got underway, few would have predicted the huge amount of musical heritage material awaiting the team.
Using the book ‘Story and Song from Lochness-side’ written by Glenmoriston bard Alexander Macdonald in 1914 , researchers Munro Gauld and Ceit Langhorne initially identified over 300 poems and songs. However, the second phase of the research revealed many more are filed away in the National Library of Scotland awaiting discovery!
This was due to the records left by 19th Century Collector Alexander Macdonald -and others- who certainly appreciated the music of Glenmoriston and considered it special.
The sheer amount of material gathered- and which therefore survived - is astonishing.
So here's the bit when all that hard work went 'public'!
The stories and songs were beautifully told and performed by Ceit Langhorne, Munro Gauld, Charlie Grey and Neil Bailie.
Gaelic was the language of the Glen back then, and it is a wonderful language to hear sung and spoken. Few in the Glen still speak Gaelic today, but as the audiences will tell you, performances were thoroughly enjoyed - and totally understood by all!
In fact- have a listen for yourself!
Donald MacDonald of Invermoriston's wonderful website hosts a full concert video,
plus individual audio tracks. (Thanks go to Donald for his editing skills!)
...and finally, here's the
rogues Bard's Gallery!
The Gathering / An Cruinneachadh Community Arts Project has been made possible by the generous grants received from; Fern Community Funds, Beinneun Wind Farm. Along with match funding from The Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company.
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