Welcome to Fuaran

Fuaran is a Gaelic song resource where everyone can get a taste of the richness of our precious Gaelic heritage.

Fuaran and Young People 

Fuaran was established by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and aims 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 or on their own chosen topic.

Since the project was launched in 2014, more than 70 young people aged 16-25 have taken part in training and song workshops, led by a host of leading Gaelic song and research experts.  Some of them have gone on to conduct more in-depth research including interviews with people in several communities, as well as scouring the online archives and physical collections which exist of Gaelic tradition.

This website features new recordings of some of the songs the participants have collected. We hope that this will be a useful resource for Gaelic singers and teachers and those with a general interest in Gaelic song.

We are indebted to a number of bodies that supported Fuaran when it started including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Tobar an Dualchais and Lews Castle College UHI (Benbecula Campus).  We would also like to thank Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Highland Council, Argyll & Bute Council and the Scottish Govenment for their continuing support of Fèisean nan Gàidheal, which has in turn allowed us to carry on the project.

Finally, we would like to sincerely thank all of the project participants and contributors who generously gave their time, songs and stories to Fuaran.  Mìle taing dhuibh uile.

2020 Year of Coasts and Waters

With support from the Scottish Government, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is expanding the Fuaran collection with the addition of songs connected to the 2020 themed Year of Coasts and Waters.  

We are working with Gaelic song expert, Jo MacDonald, to feature a song each week throughout the year with information on the writer/composer, places named in the song and highlighting connections to Fèisean in the area from which the song originates.  Am image by Cailean Maclean will accompany each song and there will be links to existing recordings. Better still, there will be new video and audio recordings of each song.

As this is a Gaelic resource, please click on ‘Gàidhlig’ at the top right-hand side of the menu and you will be directed to the section of the website where these songs may be accessed.

We hope you get enjoyment and a little additional knowledge from listening to the songs and reading about them.