This exhibition ‘Ceòl Uibhist a Tuath’takes a look at the music of North Uist across the ages. We journey through the works of John MacCodrum and Dòmhnall ‘Ruadh’ Choruna who still influence present day musicians, such as singers Julie Fowlis, Linda MacLeod and the band Beinn Lee, who have played major roles in modernising the tradition. Songwriters, Calum and Rory MacDonald, are known the world over; their influence is international, as part of the band ‘Runrig’. Here you will find poetry, music, song, piping, dance-music and field-workers who played an important role in the preservation of oral and written works. Music’s influence on the fashion of the day is also apparent, as photographs will testify.
This, however, is the beginning of a journey which aims to identify and preserve home recordings, tapes, video, film, photographs and other materials from within the local community. Undoubtedly, there are many priceless items tucked away in drawers, cupboards, lofts, sheds, out of sight and mind. We hope that new discoveries will ensure that the story of ‘Ceòl Uibhist a Tuath’ will continue to evolve through the work of the Comann Eachdraidh.