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    A Gaelic musical family

    I came across this announcement from the Mod last week which caused me to look up a little bit about his family.
    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp...he-year-title/

    Here is Alasdair singing "Mo Mhathair" - one of the popular old 'weepies' of Gaeldom. (For the Gaelic learners, notice how "mo" lenites the following word And also the transliteration of "Whyte" in the introduction.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=d_Ikfd4NLJQ

    So here is his mother Riona (from Catriona)
    http://www.rionawhyte.co.uk/
    singing in praise of Fiunary in Morvern, Argyll where she grew up. (The album name, Bunachas, means root / foundation / ancestry.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBbDXufQjZs As

    As well as much other work in the fostering of Gaelic, Riona runs "Burach" (=mess/ muddle ! - used in Scots as well)
    https://www.gaelicchoirs.org.uk/choirs/burach.htm

    And here is her brother, Stuart, singing another soppy old favourite (Here are the words)
    https://clachanmusic.com/track-5.html
    Can you spot an error in the video titling - hint see above? The photographs from over 100 years of Highland life are a bit twee!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=P82oHuYKxHA

    And here's another piece of nostalgia guaranteed to get everyone joining in at a ceilidh - words first.
    https://clachanmusic.com/track-10.html
    Don't know why they pretend it's on a scratchy old 78 - is it artistic "days gone by"?. The laddie wandering around the village in Morvern in his jeans and gutties (US sneakers) doesn't wear a kilt. For 200 years, nobody has in the clachan unless they were going off to war. The kilt's just for the gentry - the English laird on his month's visit once a year for the shooting and the Games.
    But he's very proud of his family and village roots. Except that he probably can't stay there unless he can get a job on the CalMac ferry or maybe be a gamekeeper or mend the roads. Maybe he should get a degree in Gaelic and become an Ambassador!
    By the way, who's that putting out the chairs for Burach's rehearsal for the next Mod?
    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=686569658522997


    Alan

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