In just under 48 hours, not only were we able to show our son something of the amazing land and seascape that those living on the Isle of Tiree are justifiably proud of – we were also able to introduce him to something of the culture. He was able to be present at the Sula Evening organised by the Tiree Association in An Talla.
The two films ‘Sula’ and ‘Return to Sula’ are based on the books by author and broadcaster Elizabeth Dodd (MBE), who wrote under the pen name Lavinia Derwent. Filmed mainly on Tiree in 1974 and 1977 the films are the fictional account of a boy called of Magnus Macduff.
The evening began with a Special Performance from ‘The West End Players’ of ‘Moo’ an English play written by Mabel MacArthur. It was much appreciated by our son who works in the Theatre – as was the selection of sandwiches, and home baking – very much part of the island’s cultural scene.
Although work meant he had to return on the Sunday flight, thus missing the 25th Anniversary of the Féis Thiriodh, he was able to attend the joint service organised by the Baptist Church and Church of Scotland and held to mark the beginning of this year’s Fèis Thiriodh, It was an all age celebration of the God-given gifts of the Gaelic music, culture and language which lie at the heart of the Fèis.