Main: Highlands & Islands

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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