Next generation of Gaelic song collectors to receive expert tuition

7 young people from the Fèisean will receive guidance from some of Scotland’s leading experts in the field of Scottish Gaelic folklore, through a project led by Fèisean nan Gàidheal. 

Angus John MacDonald, Margaret Stewart and Màiri McFadyen will work with the new participants of Fuaran, a Fèisean nan Gàidheal initiative designed to encourage a new generation of Gaelic speakers and singers to actively engage in the research and collection of Gaelic songs in their local area. This follows the first phase of the project that resulted in the publication of a CD of songs, researched by young people in their own communities. 

Angus John collected stories around Uist and Harris in the 1970s and has since led a career in education. Margaret has made a reputation as a highly regarded singer and researcher of Gaelic song, and Mairi is co-director of Local Voices, an organisation that helps schools and communities engage with their local heritage. 

The training, for young people aged 16-25, will take place Friday 15th until Sunday 17th February 2019 in Inverness. 

Fèisean nan Gàidheal Development Officer, Karen Oakley said: “We’re delighted to welcome such a great team of experts to help support the young people taking part in the Fuaran training weekend. We’re sure that the workshops will give them confidence to engage with songs, customs and stories from their local area and that it won’t be long until they themselves record them as new and help make them available to a wider audience.    

Fèisean nan Gàidheal acknowledges the support of Bòrd na Gàidhlig for funding for the Fuaran project, as well as the support of Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. 

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