The An Tinne programme of events launches today.
Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the British Council, An Tinne (The Link) is a project led by SEALL and Skye Gaelic singer Anne Martin, connecting a collection of songs, stories and objects across the centuries between Scotland and Australia. The connection is a cooking pot hook on a chain (an slabhraidh) which moved to Australia with a Skye family forced from their homes during the 19th century Highland Clearances.
A weekend of concerts from 4-6 August, guided walks to cleared villages on Skye and Raasay in June and July and a series of poems, talks and a good old-fashioned strùpag will form the An Tinne programme throughout the summer.
The project showcases a collection of Trotternish songs (mainly written by women), gathered by Catriona Douglas in the 1930s. Some of this manuscript will be reworked by a collaboration of female musicians. They are Lewis piper, singer and actress, Anna Murray; Hannah Moule of art-rock band the Moulettes; Lochaber harpist Ingrid Henderson; and composer and fiddle player Anna-Wendy Stevenson. They will be joined by award-winning writer, actor, director and singer-songwriter Gerda Stevenson.
The artists will come together in Taigh nan Òran (The Song House) a four-day residency prior to the live performances before the three live performances.
The new music from Stòras Catriona will be launched at a special event in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Thursday 4 August and will be livestreamed across the world.