Capturing the spirit of the landscape, history and culture of Islay, Gaelic publishers Acair is proud to launch its latest title – ‘Òrain Ìleach: Òrain Ghàidhlig à Ìle’ (Gaelic Songs of Islay).
Edited by Lynn MacDonald, the book features a wide range of classic Gaelic songs from Islay, some which are very well know, and some which have been heard by very few.
‘Òrain Ìleach’ was released at a celebratory event at Islay House in Bridgend, Islay, on Saturday November 25th, with a variety of renowned Gaelic singers performing – including Mod Loch Abar 2017 gold medallist Alisdair Currie and Coisir Og Ile – alongside Islay Gaelic Choir.
The book features songs from Islay’s Gaelic community, capturing the spirit of the landscape, history and culture of the island.
A distinctive local collaboration, Òrain Ìleach is drawn from recent local projects reviving traditional poetry with new music and gathering previously unpublished songs together with old favourites.
Featuring original images of Islay’s beautiful landscape, the book is designed to be used for performance with music and accessible translations of every song.
A must-have book for everyone with an interest in Gaelic songs, this book, along with ‘The Wreck of the Annie Jane’ by Allan F Murray, are the concluding books to Acair’s special 40th birthday year.
‘Òrain Ìleach’ is available to buy now, priced £15. For further information visit www.acair.com