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The Hebrideans

The Hebrideans It consists of over 200 images taken by Gus over the last three decades, including a number from his most recent photographic essay on North and South Uist, as well as a completely new series of portraits and interiors. Described by Michael Russell as 'the best modern photographer of the Western Isles', Wylie's images capture the bleak beauty and remoteness of the islands. With an introductory essay by broadcaster and writer Finlay Macleod, a Lewisman whom Gus has known for many years and who has accompanied him on many of his expeditions across the islands The Hebrideans is a remarkable personal and intimate tribute to a landscape and people with whom Wylie has a deep empathy, and encapsulates with rare perception the unique character of the Hebridean spirit. A BBC Scotland documentary will follow Gus Wylies's work on this project.

Songs Remembered in Exile: Traditional Gaelic Songs from Nova Scotia In April 1932, John Lorne Campbell, while on a visit to the United States, took the chance of going to Cape Breton Island and Antigonish County in Eastern Nova Scottia, to find out how the descendants of emigrants from the Scottish Highlands and the Hebrides were faring in their new country, and to what extent the Gaelic language had been maintained among them. In September 1937, after four years on Barra, he returned with his wife, Margaret Fay Shaw, taking with them a recorder in order to collect Gaelic song and tradition and compare it with surviving tradition in the Western Isles. This book is the result of that expedition. As a preface the book includes an account of the collapse of the Hebridean kelp industry after 1820 which led to the bankruptcy of the last Chief of the MacNeils of Barra in the direct line, and which was a major contributory factor to the great flood of emigration from the Hebrides to Canada and America. The title refers to the traditional song and lore preserved by emigrants from Scotland in the new land to which they came. Much of the tradition has been lost in Scotland and was only to be found in Nova Scottia. The quality of the music in the original edition was a matter of considerable concern and this edition completely corrects and revises it.

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