29 tracks: Allaibh Arra Bò Choisinn Co-bheag (Alastair MacNeill) * Columba and Mallachdaig (John Henderson) * O Ho-Rò, ‘Ille Dhuinn (Margaret MacArthur) * Witchcraft (Donald Sinclair) * Port a’ Beul (Alex Hector MacPhail) * Bean a’ Chòtain Ruaidh (Christine MacArthur) * Blar nan Sguab (Donald Sinclair) * Blanket Washing (Chrissie MacLean) * Mo Nighean Donn à Còrnaig (Alastair MacNeill) * Oran an Fhuadaich (Donald Sinclair) * Canntaireachd (Hugh MacDonald) * Elegy for Mrs Noble (Donald Sinclair) * Children’s Play Rhymes (Eilidh Kennedy and Mary Ann Campbell) * Diarmaid and Gràinne (Donald Sinclair) * Seo an Duan – Gaelic hymn (Flora Bunning) * Cinderella (John Henderson) * An Imrich (Donald Sinclair) * Gilleasbaig Làidir and the Factor (John Henderson) * Archibald and Duncan Campbell (Donald Sinclair) * Emigrants Leaving Tiree for Canada, 1851 (Chrissie MacLean) * Tiree Settlers at McIntyres’ Corners (Alex Lamont) * Great Tea Race 1866 – Ariel and Taeping (Donald Sinclair) * Manitoba (Hector Kennedy) * Oran Mhanitoba (Alastair MacNeill) * Hogmanay Rhyme (Hector MacLean) * Skerryvore survivor (Donald Sinclair) * Tha Mise Seo Gun Chroit Gun Sgoth (Hector Kennedy) * Oran a’ Chogaidh (Colin Lamont) * Piping (Alasdair Sinclair).
Various singers, storytellers and piping from the archives of The School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. Sguaban A Tìr An Eòrna translates from the Gaelic as Sheaves From The Land Of Barley.
Tiree, a low lying island of some thirty-six square miles west of Ardnamurchan Point, lacks the mountains and hills of its Hebridean neighbours. It is distinguished, however, by its fertile fields and machairs, which are highly productive, and for its shining white sands, which attract high numbers of holiday-makers each year. Currently its population is about 650, although in the first half of the nineteenth century it peaked at around 5,000.
This is the 27th collection in the Scottish Tradition Series of recordings from The School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive, University of Edinburgh. The School and Greentrax are delighted to present this CD collection, selected from the extensive collecting of Calum MacLean (1915-1960), who first visited the island in 1953, followed by Hamish Henderson (1919-2002), John MacInnes, Lisa Sinclair and Eric Gregeen (1921-1983). Collecting was also later carried out by Morag MacLeod and Peter Cooke. The album was edited by Dr Margaret A Mackay and Professor Donald E Meek.
This CD cannot include items collected from all the men and women of Tiree who have contributed to the Sound Archive over the years but the contents are representative of an island where memories of the past have remained strong amongst those with special gifts, interest and skill. They are in a line of remarkable sources extending back to the days of Martin Martin (d. 1718) and other travellers, collectors and scholars who noted the traditions of Tiree.
The editors of the CD hope that those listening to it will feel that they have dropped into a ceilidh in a Tiree home and experienced a sample of the wealth the island and its people have to offer. The tracks include songs, rhymes, stories and piping.
The Gaelic Books Council provided support for the costs of the album and support was also received from a donor who wishes to be anonymous. Thanks also to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for their help. The album was mastered by Peter Haigh of Pier House Studios and the design is by John Slavin of Designfolk.
We never tire of saying the Scottish Tradition Series of recordings was described in the past as “The most important series of traditional recordings ever…”
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