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The Music of North Uist

In partnership with Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath, Taigh Chearsabhagh is pleased to present our heritage exhibition ‘Ceòl Uibhist a Tuath’.

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 all played major roles in modernising the tradition. Songwriters Calum and Rory MacDonald are known the world over 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, and 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.

You can watch a short video here, explaining the importance of this collection and showcasing the interactive digital archive available to view in Taigh Chearsabhagh:

The museum is open from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Saturday. Entrance tickets are available from the reception desk in the shop. Booking ahead is not required.