Blue men of the Minch, Maribhig fisherman, Donald Macleod Piping competition 2007, Bayhead Sessions

The Laraich placenames and stories project, took a new direction with story and movement workshops  at Sgoil nan Loch and Sgoil na Pairc. Led by  Ariel Killick from the Independent State of Happiness

Ariel Killick chose Na Fir Ghorma, The Blue Men of the Minch, a legend in the waters of the nearby Shiant Isles, for the Laraich performance sessions. Grateful thanks to the information in John M.MacAulay’s book Seal-Folk and Ocean Paddlers, Sliochd nan Ron.

Ariel has performed four,solo, immersive, interactive, bilingual, Gaelic theatre-in-education shows, in the last three years. And pulled off a total of twelve  Laraich workshops with the new Na Fir Gorma show for primary 1-7 in two Lochs schools. After watching the first energetic class at Sgoil nan Pairc between 9.30 and 10.15am. I bowed out!

I took the opportunity to visit Murchadh Aonghais Dhomhnaill of Maribhig, this nonagenarian has been a fisherman since boyhood. Today contributing to Laraich he explained a bit about fishing marks at sea. There were two bearings he said ‘comharra tac’ and ‘comharra sliabh’.

After a hard week, my treat to myself, was a couple of hours this afternoon at The Donald Macleod Memorial competition in the Cala Hotel, Stornoway. One of my absolute favourites is always, the wave of impromptu Hebridean Chorus from the audience. As each one of the pipers appear and tune up with various Gaelic aires. I was not disappointed today.

Rounding off the day, was a visit to Bayhead Sessions. It is on every Friday between 6.30 and 9pm. Do call in, you will find a warm welcome.