Welcome to Fuaran

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


Fuaran and Young People 

Fuaran was established by Fèisean nan Gàidheal 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 short video explains more.

More than thirty 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 group has gone on to learn and produce new recordings of the songs., bringing us a new, valuable collection.  We hope that this will become a useful resource for Gaelic singers and teachers, and that it will also encourage them to research and collect Gaelic songs.

We are indebted to a number of bodies which have supported Fuaran 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 and Argyll & Bute Council for their continuing support of Fèisean nan Gàidheal which allowed us to engage in Fuaran.

With funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Fèisean nan Gàidheal is pleased that the project will continue and more young Fèis participants will then have the opportunity to research and record songs to add to the Fuaran collection.

Finally, we would like to sincerely thank all of the volunteers 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.