A living landscape is more than just scenery; it is the interaction between people and place. Stories, music and song reflect these interactions, helping us better understand where we have come from and where we might go. Coigach and Assynt have a wonderfully rich cultural heritage – the area was Gaelic speaking until three or four generations ago and it has produced more than its fair share of musicians, many of whom have achieved national acclaim. The Summer Isles Festival, first held in 2012, showcases some of the best of this local talent, serving as an inspiration for future musicians.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Produce a song and music book enabling musicians and others to bring old tunes back to life and ensuring future generations can access and use them.
  • Unearth new material as well and research and connect existing archived information.
  • Commission and record a modern piece of music, inspired by the area’s living landscape, to encourage our young musicians to promote the area through their music.

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The Soil Beneath Our Feet

Guest blog by Joseph Peach, local musician and Project Manager for the Music & Tales project A living landscape is more than just scenery; it is the interaction between people

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 7:53am

A few of our team will be at this conference this Thursday and Friday - looking forward to seeing what @innerforth have done over the last few years and meeting folk from other @heritagelottery funded Landscape Partnership Schemes

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 6:18pm

It does look fab, your team and all the volunteers have done a fantastic job https://t.co/YUh9Vx6rTz

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, August 13th, 2018 at 5:13pm

CALL was at the Assynt Games on Friday with some creature creating activities. Check the blog for pictures of the event!

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeThursday, August 9th, 2018 at 5:10pm

Our Woodland Artisan Project has some great opportunities coming up to learn traditional skills. For the next one, Tim Palmer is returning for a Willow Weaving course. No experience necessary but booking is essential. See the poster below for details on how to take part