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Voices of the Island Crofts Report
Posted: 20/10/2011

In October 2011, Crofting Connections hosted an event as part of Scotland’s Islands, with a performance of Voices of the Island Crofts at the Scottish Crofting Federation Annual Gathering, at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.

A small delegation of pupils from each school brought songs, stories and poems in the languages and dialects of their own communities to an audience drawn from crofters throughout the crofting counties. It was a unique opportunity for crofters to hear the range of traditional crofting dialects within Scots and Gaelic reflected back to them by the children and young people of these communities. The performance was repeated in the evening at Portree High School for parents of pupils from local Crofting Connections schools and other members of the community.

Portree High School was the venue for a pre-performance buffet supper, with crofters’ pies and a range of locally sourced salads, cheeses and oatcakes, which allowed teachers and pupils the chance to relax and socialise across the project areas. Pupils from Benbecula and Shetland started spontaneously to play music together during the supper - an excellent example of the value of such a cultural exchange between the islands.