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 LLFriday, September 22nd, 2017 at 6:18pm

RT @BrianKerrPhoto: Stac Pollaidh made using my #A6000 converted to #infrared #SonyAlpha @SonyUK @FormattHitech @OPOTY @AP_Magazine #Scot

Coigach & Assynt LLFriday, September 22nd, 2017 at 12:42pm

RT @WoodlandTrust: The #TreeCharter launches November 6th, 800 years after the 1217 #CharterOfTheForest. Spread the word! https://t.co/kPYn…

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, September 22nd, 2017 at 9:46am

Finds are still being found at Clachtoll Broch

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 5:00pm

Lochinver Primary School P3-4s have been experimenting with natural materials today, making paintbrushes and paints in Culag Woods during a Forest School session with the Outdoor Woodland and Learning Project. We loved mashing up blackberries, rowan berries, marigolds and mud to see what colours we...