Fàilte chridheil don choimhearsnachd chruthachal a tha air tighinn còmhla son Bàta nan Salm 2017 Residency. A big welcome to the creative community that has come together for the residency at the original Soval House (HS2 9JR – on a bend on the main road, between turnoffs for Leurbost and Keose). We will be open to droppers-by from Monday 21st, and you are most welcome to eavesdrop on the AGM that evening. You will be rewarded with home baking and good conversation, and there will surely be a psalm or two sung as well.
We are thrilled that Mairi M Martin will join us to photograph key events during the residency. Also our good friend Kirsty will be keeping a close eye on practicalities – yes the boring bits like risk assessments, contact numbers, permissions and all that. Taing mhòr don dithis aca! We also look forward to inventing some special (weather-dependent) events with Falmadair Trust traditional skippers, sailors and yarnspinners. For taigh-chèilidhs and socials, bring instruments or a dish or be ready to tell a tale or two. Chì sinn ann sibh!
The programme so far (events in bold confirmed, others, details still TBC):
Diluain 21/08: 7pm, AGM & social, Bàta nan Salm Association
Dimàirt 22/8: Gathering photos, stories, artwork at the lodge: OPEN DAY
Diciadaoin 23/08: 1pm, COMMUNITY LUNCH & TALK: Alastair McIntosh, “Poacher’s Pilgrimage and the faith history of Lochs”
Diardaoin 24/08: Exploring our archive from previous events. Supper in Soval House
Dihaoine 25/08: 7pm, TALK and SOCIAL: Peter Kerr “A personal research journey: my Orinsay ancestors, the Angus Ease accounts of the flitting and their moves to Steinish and Stornoway”.
Disathairne 26/08: On the loch, daytime. 8pm: TAIGH-CHÈILIDH BÀTA nan SALM. Bean & Fear an Taigh: Maggie Smith and Donald Saunders. Special guests to be announced very soon!
Diluain 28/08: Developing the narrative: interviews, visits to sites on the loch. 7pm: TALK/ gathering TBC
Dimàirt 29/08: 2pm: MurielAnn MacLeod and Bàta nan Salm community working on the stories of the psalmboats. 7pm, TALK: Greta MacKenzie “What Took me on a journey from Keose to Patagonia”
Diciadain 30/08: Site visits – ? Angus Ease Collection, Garyvard, Kershader. 7pm: TALK/ gathering TBC
Diardaoin 31/08: Visit Eilean Chaluim Chille, Psalmsinging in landscape. 7pm, TALK: Fr Roddy Johnston “Early Christianity on Lewis and the Celtic monks’ use of the Psalms in their worship”.
Dihaoine 01/02: Pick-up for any missed things, FINAL COMMUNITY MEAL, planning ahead!