Tobar an Dulachais/Kist o Riches has announced a special fundraising campaign to support the projects ongoing work to develop online access to some of Scotland’s most important audio archives.
The landmark project digitizes, catalogues and makes available online thousands of hours of folklore and folklife recordings made in Scotland over the past century.
Most of the recordings come from the Sound Archive of the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, which contains a wealth of traditional songs, music, tales, poetry, oral history and information on a range of traditional customs and beliefs, from weather lore to second sight, and much more.
Already an invaluable cultural and linguistic resource, Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches contains a great deal of material in Scots, English, and Gaelic, including many hundreds of recordings made in the Hebrides by John Lorne Campbell of Canna (1906-1996), starting in the 1930s.
The archives are also an important documentary source of information on the enormous social and economic changes that occurred in 20th century Scotland, with ordinary people across the country describing the last days of centuries-old working practices and the corresponding effects on their communities.
Although the project website now contains many thousands of such tracks, several thousand more hours of recordings from the School of Scottish Studies Archives and Canna Collection are still waiting to be catalogued and added to the site.
And you can help achieve that goal as the project invites members of the public to donate to its new crowdfunding campaign, hosted by Sponsume at www.sponsume.com/project.tobar-dualchais and running until December 15th.
Donors can choose from a range of fantastic rewards, including limited song releases from the recent Gaelic and Scots Artists in Residence, traditional musicians Julie Fowlis and Chris Wright, short-courses at the Sabhal Mor Ostaig college on Skye, and a year’s membership to the National Trust for Scotland.