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Gaelic Song of Lewis with Christine Primrose

Dates: 01/07/19 - 05/07/19
Price: £260 (£180 for students)
Tutor: Christine Primrose
Eiligible for ILA funding: No

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In this new course, you will be guided by the renowned Gaelic singer, Christine Primrose, through the great wealth of songs which the people of Lewis have given us through the ages, up until the 20th century, and the stories, history and heritage connected to them.  Throughout the week, the following styles and subjects in particular will be explored:

  • Puirt-a-beul (Mouth-music)
  • Lullabies
  • Waulking songs
  • Love songs
  • Homesickness, Nostalgia and Emigration  
  • Sailing
  • The Supernatural
  • The works of Murdo MacFarlane and William MacKenzie

As Christine is a native Gaelic speaker, hailing from Carloway on the west side of Lewis, the students will be presented with a unique opportunity to learn from someone with close personal ties to the island itself and its heritage. Christine has been singing ever since she was a little girl and grew up immersed in traditional song. Over the years she has travelled throughout the world - to the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and various countries across Europe - to sing, and share her a deep understanding and connection with her native language and culture. Her recent accolades include 'Gaelic Singer of the Year' at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in 2009, and she was recently inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame for Services to Performance .  Christine is also in demand as a tutor and has held classes all over the world and is currently a tutor on the (BA) Gaelic and Traditional Music Course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Christine also recently launched her album Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag Aithris (Love and Loss – A Lone Voice) in 2017. In 2018 Christine received an MBE for all the work that she has done for the Gaelic language and culture, Gaelic education and Gaelic song, nationally and internationally.