Photographs from the Fèis Thiriodh Tutors’ Concert 2019
We were born and brought up in Scotland.
But we lived in the South of England for 40 years.
We never imagined a return to Scotland – far less a move to an island.
On our move someone remarked that we would know the culture.
Island culture is distinctively different from Mainland culture.
And Scottish culture is very different from English.
We have had a steep learning curve.
And we are still learning.
It goes without saying that families differ.
Likewise communities differ from one another.
Similarly islands have much in common but they differ from one another.
In many respects Scottish islands are all different and this is true culturally.
Homogenised is a word applied to milk.
In many ways it could be applied to society today.
Distinctives tend to be blended into one homogeneous mix.
In this mix the dominant culture often prevails over other cultures
In today’s world the pressure is on as never before.
It comes from increased travel opportunities and all the media:
the press in all its forms, television, radio, Internet and social media.
Yet, no culture is static.
Islands are not museum exhibits.
However, culture, including island culture ought to be respected.
Fèis Thiriodh puts this very well in their mission statement.
‘The Tiree Fèis was established in 1990
to foster and promote the language,
culture and music of Tiree,
making it as relevant as ever
to the lifestyle of the present day
in a way which draws people of all ages.’
Every July Fèis Thiriodh promote a week-long festival of traditional culture
with classes for young and old, and evenings filled with dances,
cèilidhs, lectures and walks.
Most of these traditions have been handed down through the medium of Gaelic,
and the Fèis try to use the language as much as possible
And there is no doubt that Tiree is rich in its culture –
ar dualchas – its traditional culture.
Once again it was a joy and privilege to attend the Cèilidh an Luchd-Teagaisg
The Tutors’ Concert held in An Talla – the Community Hall, Crossapol.
What an amazing group of talented tutors.
Each tutor brought their own experience, talent and skill.
Mairi Innes, Ruairidh Morrison, Hamish MacLeod
Finlay Johnston, Jamie MacDonald, Wilma Kennedy
Dr John Holliday, Alasdair Satchel, Iain MacKinnon .
Josie Burgess, Màrtainn Skene, Anna MacDonald
Ishbel Campbell, Beth MacArthur,Eilish Brown
And now for a video clip to give just a taste of the concert.
Which included in its number the legendary Gordon Connell.
This is Life-on-Tiree.
Appreciating the richness of Tiree Culture