{ The Hebridean Folklore Project }

 De tha dol/What's doing?

MAR a bha,
Mar a tha,
Mar a bhitheas
Gu brath,
A Thrithinn
Nan gras!
Ri traghadh,
’S ri lionadh!
A Thrithinn
Nan gras!
Ri traghadh,
’S ri lionadh!

As it was,
As it is,
As it shall be
Evermore,
O Thou Triune
Of grace!
With the ebb,
With the flow,
O Thou Triune
Of grace!
With the ebb,
With the flow.

And we in dreams behold the Hebrides...."  ~ Canandian Boat Song

This "Fragment" (FUIGHEAL) taken from Volume II of Alexander Carmichael's Carmina Gadelica is very much tied to the Hebridean Folklore Project's story since the early days. Since coming to the sand-salted soil of the Outer Hebrides in 1995 there has been a lulling ebb and flow to both the Project and my experience there. If you are not familiar with the story of the Hebridean Folklore Project, please find your way to the beginning.

 

What began as a series of oral history & folklore fieldwork journeys to 'Help keep Scots Gaelic folklore alive and accessible" has grown into an exploration of culture, place and perhaps most keenly - listening.   From 1996 - 2004 the rhythm of visiting, walking, listening, connecting and recording stories with 35 tradition bearers occurred. 

 

The latest news is that very soon the whole collection of recordings will be archived as part of Glasgow University's - Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic - D.A.S.G . The recordings are live and up at the Mothan Archive ! 10,000 thanks to Abigail Lightbody and the herd working team of people at D.A.S.G!

I'm still reaching out to the descendants of those who shared stories with me to share the recordings of their family member. 

 

Sometime in 2019 I will begin working on sharing these rich oral stories on the page, so do stay tuned for more about that.

Tracy

 

ps - a few of the faces and places from the Isles...

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