Main: Highlands & Islands

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 13 January, 2018

Today on Radio Riel we present a programme of music from Scotland, Ireland and the surrounding islands that together have been both the source and the inspiration of great traditional and other music for centuries — along with music from much farther afield that has come under the same influences, such as Cape Breton.

You’ll hear both instrumental and vocal music today – plenty of bagpipes and fiddles of course; songs in both Gaelic and English; and both traditional and modern material. The programme includes music from across the Celtic lands, and the music today is broadly Celtic, but there are also artists in today’s show who, while drawing on Celtic music traditions are not particularly characteristically Celtic in their sound. The programme is diverse and varied and should provide a day of enjoyable listening for all those with Celtic heritage or affinities.

This programme is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and colleague Soliel Snook, who lived in the Scottish Highlands for many years — just a few miles across the Moray Firth as the crow flies from the studio where today’s programme originates — and introduced me to a great deal of magnificent music from the region. —EM

Image: The Cuillins (Skye) by Kenneth Barker


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