Highlands & Islands

Today on Radio Riel we present a pro­gramme of music from Scot­land and the near­by islands that togeth­er have been both the source and the inspi­ra­tion of great tra­di­tion­al and oth­er music for cen­turies.

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. (To be fair, the pro­gramme includes music from all over Scot­land, low­lands as well as high­lands). 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 Scot­tish her­itage or affini­ties.

This pro­gramme is ded­i­cat­ed to friend and col­league Soliel Snook, who has lived in the Scot­tish High­lands for many years and has intro­duced me to a great deal of mag­nif­i­cent music from the region. —EM

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in; out­side the US, tune to http://main.radioriel.org in-world, or sim­ply click here if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to launch a play­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

Image: The Cuillins (Skye) by Ken­neth Bark­er

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