Tag Archives: gaelic songs

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DVD compilation of sections of old films about Tiree, made in 2016 from videos held in An Iodhlann amongst others. Includes footage of: ferries, the Mary Stewart, Scarinish harbour, Scarinish Hotel, the ringing stone, Nester and Gavin Carter’s bakery and bread making, school bus driven by butcher Donald MacLean, The Reef, livestock health, Balephetrish, Mannal, Balemartine, Baugh, Tiree High School, children singing a traditional Gaelic hunting song, accordion music and several accordionists, Gaelic songs sung by locals at a ceilidh, thatched houses and thatching with Hector Brown, Alexander MacNeill’s opinions on thatched houses (1985),  Am Bail Ur in Balephuil, Iain MacKinnon talking in Gaelic and English in his house at Kilmoluaig, Hynish harbour and buildings, harvesting and stooks, Cornaig mill, livestock sales, airport, bands, Balevullin, An Iodhlann, Tiree Music Festival, Travee, aerial view of a seal swimming, bicycles, schoolyard games, sheep shearing, Gott Bay pier, cattle, pipe music, shops, ships, Vaul, timelapse film of the sky as the sun sets and rises, young Eilidh Campbell and her brother talk in Gaelic about life on Tiree. Other people include: Ann Carter, Douglas Carter, Sinclair Carter, Olwen Carter, Monica Smith (nee Davis), Neil MacPhail, Angus MacPhail, Mairi Campbell, Bernard Smith, Iain MacDonald, Iain Brown, Iain MacLean, Myra Brown, Hector Campbell, Alex MacArthur, Gordon Connell.


CD ‘Sguaban à Tìr and Eòrna: Traditions of Tiree’, Scottish Tradition Series no. 27, School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University, 2016. A collection of 29 tunes, songs, poems, hymns and other recordings in Gaelic and English. Includes a booklet edited by Margaret A MacKay and Donald E Meek. Compiled for A’ Bhuain – Tiree Homecoming 2016.

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Hardback book ‘Transactions of The Gaelic Society of Inverness, Volume XVII, 1890-91’, 1892. See ‘Sgoil nan eun, no, mac an fhucadair’ tale by John Gregorson Campbell. (Page 58) Donation label ‘Tiree High School: This book was donated by Gordon D. Donald’.


Book ‘Òrain an Eòrna – Songs of the Barley’, 2012. Collection of 20 of Tiree’s favourite traditional Gaelic songs from the island, with musical score, English translation and notes about each song. Includes titles: Am falbh thu leam, a Ribhinn Oig?; Lag nan Cruachan; Oran Mhanitoba; Air madainn Diardaoin thug mi cul ris a’ Chaolas; A Chaluim Bhig; Hi horo ‘s na horo eile; An tir isoal lurach; Fagail braigh Bhalla; Tir a’ mhurain; Tha mi fo smuairean air moch Diluain; Deoch-slainte nan cairdean a dh’fhag sinn air tir; Oganaich an oir-fhuilt bhuidhe; A’ chailin mhaiseach dhonn; ‘S e Tiriodh an t-Eilean as boidhche fon ghrein;  O, seinnidh mi mo dhuanag; Mnathan a’ bhail’ againn; Pilot; Bidh mi nis a’ toiseachadh; Mo nighean donn a Cornaig; Thogainn fonn fun bhi trom.


Handwritten letter from Rev. Hector Cameron, Cornaigmore, to his daughter Edith around 1920 about his translation into English of a Gaelic song beginning ‘Fair my dear, my Highland laddie’, which he wrote on the reverse of the sheet. Includes some other news.

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Softback book ‘Eilean Uaine Thiriodh / The Green Isle of Tiree’ by Margaret Bennett and Eric Rose, 2014. Signed “Presented to An Iodhalnn by Ethel MacCallum, May 2015”, it is a biography of Ethel MacCallum who, in 1942, was evacuated from an orphanage in Glasgow to the Island of Tiree. She became fluent in Gaelic and, with her natural gift for music and song, was encouraged to write her own compositions. The book includes some of her original work on a CD.

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