I just love beul aithris stories, from Isle of Lewis Gaelic oral tradition. It is rare to have the opportunity to perform them for an audience nowadays.
Therfore, I have recorded five stories, because of the richness of the language which was handed down to me in the telling. All five stories are now uploaded to Soundcloud. Most importantly, they will be available to anyone wishing to learn local stories.
The five stories narrated by me Magaidh Smith. An Sean Fhiadh (Lochs Harris)and Sabaist Mhor Wick (Lochs District). Fir Mhealista (Uig) , S Daor a Cheannaich mi Fiadhachd (Uig/ Harris and Ishbal Nighean Dhomhnaill Ban (Uig).
This one is Sabaist Mhor Wick. The legendary week of fighting during the herring fishing season. This is thought to have been one hundred and fifty years ago. The military were called in to quell the unrest, resulting in arrests and imprisonment. There were Lochs men among those involved and this five minute story tells of their escapades. Each district of Lewis is likely to have similar stories.