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, December 11th, 2018 at 4:28pm

We were delighted to join the #ThanksToYou campaign this year and hold a Coigach and Assynt themed free quiz night for #NationalLottery players. Our event was one of hundreds across the country included in the campaign to say Thank you to...

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 12:42pm

Happy #InternationalMountainDay! #DYK @coigachassynt is one of the largest landscape-scale restoration projects in Europe covering over 635km² https://t.co/Wa0SlDGoHF

#NationalLottery #HLFsupported

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 1:19pm

It's #InternationalMountainDay so here's what @JohnMuirTrust have been up to with the Suilven Path Repair Project over the last 2 years https://t.co/l3xjAvyKMo #HLFSupported @nature_scot @AssyntFndn