Various singers, storytellers and piping from the archives of The School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. Sguaban A Tìr An Eòrna translates from the Gaelic as Sheaves From The Land Of Barley.
Tiree, a low lying island of some thirty-six square miles west of Ardnamurchan Point, lacks the mountains and hills of its Hebridean neighbours. It is distinguished, however, by its fertile fields and machairs, which are highly productive, and for its shining white sands, which attract high numbers of holiday-makers each year. Currently its population is about 650, although in the first half of the nineteenth century it peaked at around 5,000.
This is the 27th collection in the Scottish Tradition Series of recordings from The School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive, University of Edinburgh. The School and Greentrax are delighted to present this CD collection, selected from the extensive collecting of Calum MacLean (1915-1960), who first visited the island in 1953, followed by Hamish Henderson (1919-2002), John MacInnes, Lisa Sinclair and Eric Gregeen (1921-1983). Collecting was also later carried out by Morag MacLeod and Peter Cooke. The album was edited by Dr Margaret A Mackay and Professor Donald E Meek.