Archiving Project

Fuaran: Song Collecting Project

A successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund – Young Roots programme allowed Fèisean nan Gàidheal, in partnership with Tobar an Dualchais, to offer the opportunity for young people aged 16 -24 to engage with their local song culture in a collection and recording project entitled Fuaran over two years.

There are many song-types evident in Gaelic, and songs still unpublished and unrecognised in local communities. The stories and context of these songs may not be widely known, and this project helped uncover those hidden songs, and also further our knowledge of the history of previously collected songs through oral history collection techniques and desk research through the Tobar an Dualchais archives. A selection of the songs have been re-recorded and will be made available for use by other singers.

Click here to visit the Fuaran website

About the Archiving Project

Between 2008 and 2011, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Fèisean nan Gàidheal set up an Archiving Project with the aim of encouraging Fèis participants to collect and record local tunes, songs and stories in their own communities. This offered a great opportunity for the Fèisean to promote and preserve their own local heritage and for young people to discover more about the culture and tradition of their own areas. Participants in the project were also be given the opportunity to develop new skills in collecting and recording through a series of training sessions provided by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Fèisean who have taken part in the Archiving Project:

The booklets produced by each Fèis are available as a download at the right hand side of the page, and you can also hear some of the recordings made below.


Archiving Project

Donald Ferguson Story(Fèis a' Bhealaich (Applecross))
Ian Deveny Culloden Story(Fèis a' Bhaile and Fèis na h-Òige)
Aonghas Grant Culloden Story(Fèis a' Bhaile and Fèis na h-Òige)
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