Search is on for next generation of young Gaelic song-writers

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A song-writing competition for young Gaelic speakers with a passion for the environment has been launched by Highland arts organisation, Fèis Rois.

Fèis Rois, an arts organisation based in Dingwall, Ross-shire, is looking for budding Gaelic songwriters from secondary schools across the Highlands to come up with some new Gaelic songs, connected to the environment and Scotland’s landscape.

Caithream na Cruinne, a collaboration between Fèis Rois and NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage), is aimed at emerging young Gaelic songwriters, who take their inspiration from nature and the current environmental challenges.

The project offers four young Gaelic speakers, of secondary school age, the opportunity to write a new Gaelic song each inspired by contemporary environmental themes and the nature around them whilst receiving mentorship from two of Scotland’s top Gaelic musicians and songwriters – Mary Ann Kennedy and Ewen Henderson (Mànran). Each young songwriter will receive 10 hours of one-to-one support and will also have the chance to professionally record their finished song.

Mary Ann Kennedy said: ‘I’m delighted to be working with new young writers creating songs for their own generation in their own language. I wouldn’t be writing today without the support and encouragement of some wonderful wordsmiths and composers, and it’s important to create a community where creativity can thrive.’

To apply, email by 5pm on Monday November 23 with a summary of why you would like to be considered for this project. If you also include the name of your school and what year you are in.

For more information about Caithream na Cruinne, please visit