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 Landscape
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Evening talk from Assynt Field Club tonight in Lochinver

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RT @36Sto58N: A snow-blown Suilven, snapped from the lookout on Srón this morning https://t.co/z6HKumqRHo

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, November 13th, 2017 at 2:49pm

Last week all the P7s from surrounding Primary Schools came together at Ullapool High School for an introduction to the #JohnMuirAward, being run as part of their transition to Ullapool High School programme. We carried out a variety of activities including: a John...