Fèis Weekend - Saturday Line-up
Brian Ó hEadhra & Fionnghal NicChoinnich
For the Family song handouts click here
For the recording of the song session, click here
An Overview of Gaelic in Scotland Today
In this workshop, Brian Ó hEadhra will talk through some of the main projects, initiatives and movements happening in Scotland today. Subject matter covered will be education, arts, community, public and private sector developments. We will discuss how best to access Gaelic language and culture online.
Join in this sing-song of some of Brian and Fionnghal's favourite family songs. Brian and Fionnghal have hosted over 16 online family cèilidh's on their Facebook Page during Covid lockdown. This workshop will feature some of the most popular songs which they sing at their cèilidh's with their children, Órla and Róise. Get all the family involved.
Brian Ó hEadhra
Based in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, Brian Ó hEadhra (pron. Bree-an Ohara) has worked in the arts, creative and cultural sector for over 30 years delivering successful projects, events and festivals at local, national and international level. Brian is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and performs at home and abroad with acts Cruinn; Brian Ó hEadhra | Fionnghal NicChoinnich; McKerron, Brechin & Ó hEadhra. Brian was brought up in Dublin, Ireland and St John's, Newfoundland, Canada and has lived in Scotland since 1997. His daytime work is as Partnership Manager at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scotland’s public body promoting the use and securing the status of Scottish Gaelic. Brian holds a BA Hons. in Irish Folklore and English Literature from University College Dublin.
Born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, Fionnghal lives in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. She is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and traditional Gaelic singer who has recorded and performed across the globe with bands including Seelyhoo, Anam, Mackenzie, Cruinn and the duo Brian Ó hEadhra | Fionnghal NicChoinnich. Fionnghal has also sung on international film and game soundtracks and has been part of numerous creative projects and collaborations over the years. She works in the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness and holds a degree in English from the University of Glasgow.
Seanchas Gàidhlig le Aonghas MicLeòid
For the recording of the Gaelic Storytelling session, click here
Gaelic Storytelling workshop. Please join Angus MacLeod as he explores Scottish Gaelic history and tradition through Gaelic Storytelling.
Angus MacLeod was born and raised in Goose Cove, Cape Breton to Gaelic speaking parents. He learned Gaelic as an adult and has taught Gaelic language and singing for the Atlantic Gaelic Academy, for whom he is a past president and vice president, the Gaelic College, and other venues throughout North America. He now teaches classes online independently. He is also a graphic artist who has designed for Piper Pewter. Angus acted in the first Gaelic fiction film ever to be shot in North America, “Faire Chaluim Mhic Leòid” (The Wake of Calum MacLeod), and has now acted in five Gaelic films. Angus still resides on the family farm in Goose Cove.
The Gaelic in the Whisky w/ David Livingston-Lowe
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The "Gaelic in the Whisky" talk will present an overview of whisky distilling in Scotland and Ireland, with relevant terminology in Gaelic of the distilling process. No alcohol is required to enjoy the talk. However, there will be a guided virtual tasting of 2 or 3 whiskies. To appreciate the guided tasting best, it is recommend that participants purchase one or two whiskies of their choice. We will walk through tastings of a blend and a single malt whisky, and maybe an Irish whiskey as well.
David Livingston-Lowe (sloinneadh Dàibhidh Dauvit) is a Gaelic-language course instructor in the Celtic Studies Program at the University of Toronto. He pursued his studies in Gaelic both in Scotland and Cape Breton, in addition to Irish-language studies in the Irish Gaeltacht.