The Psalmboat project is centred on Loch Erisort, Lochs, Isle of Lewis.
In 2008 a chance remark by Don Alasdair Smith Keose made to visual/ audio artist and community animateur Deirdre ni Mhathuna from Edinburgh, sparked off Psalmboat, a Lochs multi-arts project. Continue reading “Psalms in Boats Isle of Lewis Tradfest 2017”
On an Uig tour today, this area really is the jewel in the crown. We were at Camus Uig, Ardroil where the Uig /Lewis Chessmen were discovered c1831 and discovered this wandering minstrel storyteller. Continue reading “Uig, Isle of Lewis Tour”
Blowing on the Embers by Magaidh Smith in the Isle of Lewis
The Oidhche Challain custom of circling, in a sunwise direction, the fire in each home on the evening prior to 12th of January, the Old New Year’s Day, no longer happens regularly in the Isle of Lewis. Continue reading “The Old New Year 12th January The Clavie and Callainn”
Crofting Life and gathering sheep in Uig, Isle of Lewis
Preparation for a Lewis Fank Day, now means ensuring that quads and mobile phones are ‘topped’ up. In most areas, gone are the long days of trekking the moor on foot. Continue reading “Crofting life in Isle of Lewis Uig – The Sheep Gathering”
Crofting life in Uig Isle of Lewis involved looking after cattle and towing a bull to an offshore island once a year.
Every crofting family living in the Outer Hebrides, were dependent on their own cow to provide milk, butter and crowdie to supplement the family food supply. Continue reading “Crofting Life in Isle of Lewis Uig -The Bulls”
I am working on Arora the Dementia Friendly Community Project this month.
Working on this project I am the privileged recipient of all kinds of personal stories and cultural treasures, which spill out instantly between the handshake and island Gaelic burr. Continue reading “Gaelic -The language of the Hearth”
Pipe Major Peter Roderick Macleod, Aird Uig / Behind the Conundrum
At each piping recital, accordion or melodeon evening on the island of Lewis. At least a couple of the following tunes are played and recognised as being from the Lewis piping tradition. Continue reading “Pipe Major Peter Macleod Tunes”
Magaidh is working as a tour guide in the Hebrides this season (2018), as an independent guide and as part of the Western Isles Tour Guide Association.
Come to the Hebrides for the stunning natural environment, Walk or Cycle the The Hebridean Way, attend the Heb Celtic Festival, Harris Mountain Festival. Join the mammal spotting sea tours, surfing and kayaking tours, visit the dual World Heritage site, St Kilda.
Enjoy the exquisite quality of light, the beaches, the otters, golden eagles and see the places mentioned in Peter May’s Trilogy.
Hear Gaelic one of the world’s oldest languages.
It is a grand place to live agus bidh Ceud Mile Failte Oirbh.