Gaelic song project to bow out with final chorus on Skye

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A nationally important Gaelic song project, focusing on the unbreakable link between language, people and land will culminate in a weekend of concerts on the Isle of Skye.

Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the British Council, An Tinne (The Link) is a project led by Skye’s leading performing arts promotion charity SEALL and Gaelic singer Anne Martin connecting a collection of songs, stories and objects across the centuries between Scotland and Australia.

The connection is a cooking pot hook on a chain (an slabhraidh) which moved to Australia with a Skye family forced from their homes during the 19th century Highland Clearances.

Musician-guided walks to cleared villages on Skye and Raasay and a series of poems formed part of the An Tinne programme throughout June and July.

The project culminates in a series of concerts and a good old-fashioned Gaelic strùpag in venues across the island.

The concerts showcase a collection of Trotternish songs (mainly written by women), gathered by visitor-of-the-poor Catriona Douglas in the 1930s.

Some of this manuscript has been reworked by a collaboration of female musicians.

They are Anne Martin; Lewis piper, singer and actress Anna Murray; Hannah Moule of art-rock band the Moulettes; Lochaber harpist Ingrid Henderson; and composer and fiddle player Anna-Wendy Stevenson.

They will be joined by award-winning writer, actor, director and singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson.

Anne said: ‘It has been a privilege to work with artists from both hemispheres, and the incredible main group of female musicians.

‘We are all eagerly anticipating the performances this weekend.’

The new music from Stòras Catriona will be launched at a special event in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye’s Gaelic college, on Thursday August 4 and will be livestreamed across the world from the beautiful township of Portnalong on August 6.

The launch event begins with a concert by accordionist and Treacherous Orchestra front man John Sommerville and his short course students.

John will present his suite of music inspired by the voyage of the Hector, a fitting prelude to the An Tinne story.

His performance will take place in the main hall at 6pm followed by a reception at 7.15pm.

This is a chance to mingle with the artists and enjoy a celebration drink and light buffet
before the concert starts at 8.15pm.

The music, stories and celebration of cultural connections through Catriona Douglas’ collection of songs will then be performed in a concert by the An Tinne artists.

Two more performances will take place in the Skye Gathering Hall, Portree on August 5 at 7.30pm and Minginish hall on August 6 at 2pm.

For further information on all the An Tinne events, visit www.seall.co.uk/an-tinne.