Discover more about Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches in the blogs published here, which cover a wide range of fascinating subjects from the website. We also publish information about our events, projects and resources in this section. Blogs are added on a regular basis so please re-visit this section to view the latest ones and keep up to date with what we’re doing.


What is culture without the people who make it?

Gaelic artist Iseabal Hendry was last year selected for the annual Tobar an Dualchais /ATLAS Arts residency to explore and create work relating to the oral heritage recordings available on the TAD website. This is the fourth year that this exciting opportunity has been offered in partnership with ATLAS Arts, the Skye and Lochalsh-based arts organisation. Here Iseabal discusses some of the recordings and the work she created based on them.

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Exciting New Opportunity for Young Creatives to Work in Gaelic and Scots

A new project Sgrìobh | Scrieve set up in partnership with Eden Court and Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches (TAD/KOR) will give two young emerging artists the opportunity to create their own music and poetry in Gaelic and Scots. The project will allocate time for the artists to explore the TAD/KOR website in depth as inspiration for creating new work, which they will perform at Eden Court’s Under Canvas 2024.

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Local Stars Shine at Uist Concert

A host of local talent from Uist performed at the ‘Dualchas Uibhist’ concert, recently held in St Peter’s Hall in South Uist in what proved to be a memorable evening. The concert was organised by Ceòlas and Tobar an Dualchais and brought together musicians, singers, dancers, and pupils from Sgoil Dhalabroig. Drawing inspiration from local sources, and especially those available on the Tobar an Dualchais website, the concert was full of community spirit, Gaelic, heritage and warmth.

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Spiritual tradition of Gàidhealtachd’s female bards

The Gàidhealtachd is full of outstanding female bards and singers, and this has been the case throughout history. Names including as Sìleas na Ceapaich (c1660-1729), Mary MacDonald (1789-1872) and Màiri Mhòr nan Òran (1821-1898) continue to live on as some of the most impressive and prolific Gaelic bards.

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Historical gems from a visit to Gairloch

“Bha an Loch breac le bàtaichean…” – “The Loch was speckled with boats…” Those were the words of Ann Munro (1901-2001) in 1971 when recounting her early memories of her native Gairloch to Ian Paterson [TAD ID 130135] of the School of Scottish Studies.

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Safeguarding traditions in our changing communities

“Tha mise a-nochd a’ dol air Chullaig, a dh’ùrachadh dhuibh na Callaig…” It’s been over a month since Hogmanay but those words are still ringing in my ears. They’re the beginning of a Hogmanay rhyme that I learnt recently through teaching it to my children.

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