Scots Radio’s thank you to the CMF

Scots Radio’s thank you to the CMF

A big thank you tae the organisers o the Celtic Media Festival. The welcome an hospitality wis fantastic an sae appreciated. Scots Radio was honoured tae be nominated for an award an included on this international stage wi a the ither Celtic countries in the World. Bit winnin an awards wis jist pairt o this event. Meetin new fowk an hearin aboot the work that’s bein teen on – an hearin foo their language fits intae their lives – an the new programmes an productions – wis for me, anither wye o winnin at this event. An anither big thank you tae freens in Radio Gaidheal for adoptin me…here’s tae the Gaeltacht an Scots – an mair Celtic Bridges. Frieda...

Don’t neglect the UK’s indigenous languages

Would you be surprised if I, Rhona NicDhùghaill (a language teacher from Oban) told you that, far from being a land of monoglots, there are ten indigenous languages spoken today in the British Isles? Yet we are very quick to tell ourselves that we’re rubbish at languages. We are linguistically isolated monoglots, marooned on a cluster of islands on the edge of the Atlantic. If we were in the mix of mainland Europe, we tell ourselves, we’d be blethering away in at least two languages. Except, as you read this, people the length of these islands are using indigenous languages other than English to communicate with friends, family, teachers, colleagues and public services. That they are in the minority doesn’t meant that they don’t exist. In fact, the numbers of primary school-age speakers are growing; almost a quarter of school pupils in Wales are educated through the medium of Welsh, Northern Ireland is home to 30 Irish-medium schools, Scotland’s capital has just opened a new, dedicated Gaelic school due to increasing demand, and the Isle of Man has a Manx-medium school. All of these children are also fluent in English; indeed, in the case of Gaelic-medium pupils, they outperform their English-educated counterparts in English tests. Their bilingualism bucks the monoglot trend of the majority. Please read the full article, as featured in The...

Celebrating Scots Radio

PRESS RELEASE:  An online Radio programme, that celebrates the Scots language, has been nominated for a top international award alongside some of the worlds biggest Radio Stations. ‘Scots Radio’ is produced by well known broadcaster and singer Frieda Morrison and features Scots ‘fae Shetland tae the Borders and athin in atween’. The programme , launched on the internet two years ago, attracts thousands of listeners throughout the world with its special blend of information, interviews and music.  The monthly podcast has been nominated in the ‘magazine category’ and is competing against programmes from BBC Alba and BBC Scotland as well as BBC Ireland and Wales, for the Festival’s ‘Torc’ Award for Excellence. Frieda Morrison, who hails from Deeside, Aberdeenshire, sees the nomination as an important step in the promotion of the Scots Language. “I’m just thrilled and honoured that Scots Radio has been nominated for an award in such a prestigious festival and I would like to thank all the contributors and listeners for their support. It’s a big class of entries and we’ll be competing with the biggest broadcasting companies in the land – but we are proud of our programmes and we travel in hope,” she said The hour long podcast receives funding from Creative Scotland and before it developed its own website, www.scotsradio.com, was hosted by the Scots Language Centre. Frieda is joined on the programme throughout the year, by folklorist and musician, Steve Byrne and the programme is recorded in Edinburgh by Richard Werner at B&B Studios. Celtic Media Festival director, Catriona Logan said: “The record breaking entries were whittled down by our dedicated national juries...
Tradfest 2016

Tradfest 2016

Edinburgh’s TradFest kick starts the summer season with a feast of music, storytelling, dance, folk drama, folk film, literature & talks, crafts & visual arts in Scotland’s capital. From Wednesday 27th April to Sunday 8th May, covering 12 days, in 25 venues and with more than 90 events, this blaze of contemporary colour is inspired by the traditions of May Day and Beltane, showcasing Celtic arts and cultural traditions with a contemporary spin. For full details, please download the 2016 proramme or...

‘Images of the Song’ @ Tradfest 2016

Broadcaster and singer-songwriter Frieda Morrison presents a musical journey of self-penned and traditional songs and tunes, melded together with her own unique film footage from North East Scotland and beyond. Frieda is joined by fiddle player Sarah Beattie and vocalist and autoharp player Delane Morrison. This unique combination of song, harmonies and instrumental, produces a blend of music that can only come from a family accustomed to making music together. ‘To those who cherish the music and song of Scotland, the name Frieda Morrison means a singer with a voice as warm, melodic and expressive as you could wish to hear – a creator of lyrical, passionate and tuneful stories in song. She is as much at home in the traditional song of her native North East as she is in her own compositions – one of Scotland’s hidden gems.’ (Sheena Wellington) TradFest 2016 will take place at the Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh on Saturday 30th April and tickets, priced at £6.00* (Concession £4.00*) are available through Tracscotland. * A booking fee of £1 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. No booking fee is applied to tickets purchased in person from the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box...