New competition for young Gaelic songwriters

A song-writing competition for young Gaelic speakers with a passion for the environment has been launched by Highland arts organisation, Fèis Rois.

Friday, 20th November 2020, 8:10 am
Mary Ann Kennedy

A song-writing competition for young Gaelic speakers with a passion for the environment has been launched by Highland arts organisation, Fèis Rois.

Caithream na Cruinne, a collaboration between Fèis Rois and Nature Scot, is aimed at emerging young Gaelic songwriters, who take their inspiration from nature and the current environmental challenges. The project offers four young Gaelic speakers, of secondary school age, the opportunity to write a new Gaelic song each inspired by contemporary environmental themes and the nature around them whilst receiving mentorship from two of Scotland’s top Gaelic musicians and songwriters, Mary Ann Kennedy and Ewen Henderson (Mànran).

Each young songwriter will receive 10 hours of one-to-one support and will also have the chance to professionally record their finished song.

Mary Ann Kennedy said: “I’m delighted to be working with new young writers creating songs for their own generation in their own language. I wouldn’t be writing today without the support and encouragement of some wonderful wordsmiths and composers, and it’s important to create a community where creativity can thrive.”

Fiona Dalgetty, Chief Executive of Fèis Rois, commented: “We want to encourage our young musicians, especially at this time, to create new music and take inspiration from our surroundings, whilst also incorporating their Gaelic language skills. Our young people have a voice and song-writing is a powerful tool to use to let your voice be heard and get your message across.”

To apply, email [email protected] by 5pm on Monday, November 23, with a summary of why you would like to be considered, including the school name and your year.