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July 10, 2012

The traditional song material in this book could be a great resource for language learners, especially if used with the Tobar an Dualchais audio links.

Island Voices - Guthan nan Eilean

Frequent visitors to the Island Voices site will be familiar with Will Lamb already – the surfing dude who features in the Outdoors section of Series Two of the videos. In fact, Dr Lamb has many strings to his bow. Now a lecturer at Edinburgh University he recently returned to Uist to launch his new edition of Keith Norman Macdonald’s book, “Puirt-à-Beul”, in Daliburgh at the Ceòlas music school. The book is a unique anthology of “The Vocal Dance Music of the Scottish Gaels”, which had long been out of print, and to which Will has added significantly in order to bring it back to a modern readership (including links to recordings in the Tobar an Dualchais collection – another topic covered by Island Voices, this time in the Enterprise section).

In a fascinating talk in Daliburgh Will spoke about the original author and explained the background to the project.

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