Category Archives: Language

A letter to a dead Scot deeply concerned about tradition

In NIGHT FALLS ON ARDNAMURCHAN (*) Alasdair Maclean says: “For a culture to be worthy of the name, for it to succour natives rather than entertain tourists or entertain those who, in cultural matters, are but tourists in their own … Continue reading

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Mise agus an cù

This is my first attempt to say something in the language of these beautiful islands. Listen here:

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The weaver of words

the weaver of words  (for P.K.) he harvests colours of sky and sea weaving shades of dawn and noon into a tapestry threading apricot and blues -turquoise, sapphire, indigo- but while the mesh grows on his loom and he has … Continue reading

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Gordon Wells, his Shakuhachi flute and language

This interview  with Gordon Wells, the Project Officer of Island Voices, is given in two parts. I. In the first part, Gordon speaks about his home made flute – the ‘ Gaelic Shakuhachi’, the Winter Blues and why he has … Continue reading

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