Comhairle welcomes early years song collection

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has welcomed the launch of Saoghal na Cloinne Bige.

Comprising 26 songs targeted at the early years stage, they were commissioned by the Comhairle and produced by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Many of the songs have been specially written for the resource and take a person through many of the daily tasks in the life of a child, from waking in the morning, a trip to the shops, a visit to granny’s and, eventually, bed time.

Comhairle Gaelic education manager Evelyn Coull MacLeod said: ‘We are absolutely delighted with this new resource and are certain they will be received well by a local, national and global audience.

‘The songs are beautifully crafted and we know the role of song in creating a language rich environment in the home and educational settings is hugely important.

‘It’s never too early to start singing with your children and these songs will be great for both fluent and learners of the language.’

Eilidh Mackenzie, Fèisgoil manager at Fèisean nan Gàidheal, added: ‘Working on such a lovely project with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been a real joy.

‘The five young Gaelic singers we brought on board all did a fantastic job, ably accompanied by musician engineers Pablo Lafuente and Barry Reid.

‘We were keen to ensure the resource was a mix of traditional, but less well-known, Gaelic songs as well as new material.

‘This included setting some poems written by Mairead Hulse to new melodies, some songs by singer and presenter Linda Macleod, as well as Fèisgoil staff writing completely new songs to cover a full day in the life of a baby/toddler.’

The songs are available to download through Apple, Amazon, Spotify and are also available on You Tube. You can access them via foghlamgaidhlig.com/gaidhlig-saoghal-na-cloinne-bige/

Animations are to be produced to accompany each song in the coming months. The songs, along with many other resources, will also feature on an app currently under development by the Comhairle.  If you would like a CD copy of the songs, contact evelyn@gnes.net.

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