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
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 5:06pm

Thanks Hamlet Mountaineering, always great to hear of people enjoying the repaired path up Suilven. Gorgeous sunset pic too!

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, October 15th, 2018 at 12:42pm
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeSaturday, October 13th, 2018 at 7:53am

Another one from this morning https://t.co/pvomggLNgl

Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape
Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeFriday, October 12th, 2018 at 4:52pm

Half term is here! If you are looking for a family activity why not join us on the 24th October at Clachtoll for a family survey day. Help will be provided on the day for the ID of species by Assynt Field Club