Gaelic Groups in Edinburgh E-L
Information and contact details for Gaelic groups in and around Edinburgh E-L.
The information below has been provided by the individual groups themselves. Our thanks to all who have contributed, without whom this project would not have been possible.
EAA is open to those either from Argyll or people interested in any aspect of Argyll past and present. Lively ceilidhs of Gaelic and Scots music and song are held monthly April to September. Details from Radio nan Gàidheal, local press and Oban Times. Enjoy performances by amazing local youngsters to the young at heart: soloists, ensembles and choirs. A band usually means a dance or two. Performers from the audience are always welcome, whether local or from the many tourists. It seems their attendance is a highlight of their holiday!
The first written record we have about the Edinburgh Gaelic Choir is a minute book from July 1907. The choir has always aimed to promote the Gaelic language through choral music – and not just through National Mòd competitions. The choir also runs workshops in singing in unison, accepts public singing invitations, and has recently sung at book launches and charity events. There is always time for social events for members too.
The University of Edinburgh has outstanding and varied collections of Gaelic archives and books, ranging in date from the 16th century to the present day. Highlights include the thousands of audio recordings at the School of Scottish Studies Archives covering oral traditions, songs, stories, poems, folklore, place-names, linguistics and more, supported by a specialist library. The Carmichael Watson collection contains folklore, religious and place-name archives while the Professor Donald MacKinnon collection covers languages, literature, history, and antiquities. New College Library has over 400 printed volumes in Gaelic from 18th-20th centuries including Bibles, prayers, hymns, sermons and poetry and histories.
The choir provides an opportunity for the study and exposition of the Gaelic language, culture and music tradition through the practice and performance of Gaelic choral music. The choir’s members have a range of Gaelic knowledge from beginner to native speaker, and the choir helps all members learn and improve their understanding of the language. Each year the choir usually enters the Royal National Mòd as well as taking part in smaller local Mòds and other performances in Edinburgh and further afield. The choir holds weekly rehearsals and new members are always welcome – please get in touch for more information.