Tìr Ìseal nan Òran (Tiree: low land of song)

We’re delighted to announce the launch of Tìr Ìseal nan Òran (Tiree: low land of song) which will be an island-wide creative project, taking place as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, which aims to celebrate and promote Tiree’s stories, heritage, culture and Gaelic language.

At the heart of the project are seven stories from the island’s history, traditions and mythology which will be explored within their physical and historical contexts to inspire new creative work. Local artists, young people, the wider Tiree community and an international audience will all be invited to take part in exploring and re-telling these stories through a mixture of traditional music and song, film and photography, theatre and writing, and Gaelic and English. There will be lots of different ways for local people and global audiences to get involved with and learn about Tiree’s stories, heritage, culture and the Gaelic language. Highlights to look forward to include:

• Jack Lockhart’s animated film of James Turnbull’s 18th century full-colour illustrated plan of Tiree and new music and song from Ian Smith and Angus MacPhail.

• Creative writing in English and Gaelic from Tiree’s young people and a new ‘Tiree Tapestry’ from the Tiree folk overseas.

• Exhibitions, workshops and presentations which will introduce original archive documents and artefacts. The first is an online talk by Raghnall Macille Dhuibh (Ronald Black) on ‘Sgeulachdan Tiristeach Iain Mhic an Deòir’ (John Dewar’s Tiree Stories) – Tues 8 February @ 19:30 GMT via Zoom. This talk will be presented in Gaelic with simultaneous translation into English. Email tir.iseal@gmail.com to book your place

• A multi-media theatre performance, delivered with Tiree School students on 16 June 2022. The young people will participate in a dramatic interpretation of the stories which will include music and song in Gaelic and English and we are planning additional workshops and performance opportunities as part of Fèis Thiriodh and Tiree Music Festival.

• A dedicated website (www.tir-iseal.co.uk) launching at the end of February 2022, where we will publish the new writing, music, song and film created in response to the stories.

Tìr Ìseal nan Òran is supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. It is also supported by Argyll Estates, Historic Environment Support Fund, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Argyll & Bute Council Supporting Communities Fund, Clan Campbell Education Foundation, Inc., CHARTS Argyll and Isles, Pamela Campbell Bickford, Martha McKinnon and Elizabeth Kraus.