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BOOK: Eileen Uaine Thiriodh: Beatha, Òrain agus Ceòl Ethel NicChaluim by MARGARET BENNETT


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Ethel NicChaluim

Ann an 1942 chaidh Ethel NicChaluim a ghluasad à taigh dhilleachdan ann an Glaschu a dh’Eilean Thiriodh far an do dh’fhàs i fileanta sa Ghàidhlig agus far an do shùigh i pailteas dualchais. Chaidh an ceòl agus an t-seinn a bh’ innte gu nàdarra a bhrosnachadh, agus rinn i ceòl agus òrain ann an Gàidhlig is ann am Beurla. 

Ged a bhios luchd-ciùil ainmeil a’ cluich nam pìosan aice, cha deach an obair thùsail aice fhoillseachadh no a chur fo chòraichean. ’S e eachdraidh a beatha, a tha inntinneach agus drùidhteach, cuide ris na h-òrain agus ris a’ cheòl aice, cuspair leabhair agus CD, a tha cuideachd ag amas air taic a chur ris a’ Ghàidhlig agus cuideachadh le bhith a’ gleidheadh dualchas na Gàidhlig ann an ceòl is ann an òrain.

Ethel MacCallum

In 1942 Ethel MacCallum was evacuated from an orphanage in Glasgow to the Island of Tiree, where she became fluent in Gaelic and absorbed a wealth of tradition. Her natural gift of music and song was encouraged and she composed music and songs in Gaelic and English. 

Though established musicians perform her compositions, her original work has not previously been published or copyrighted. Her life story, both fascinating and moving, along with her songs and music is the subject of a book and CD, which also aims to support the Gaelic language and help maintain Gaelic tradition in music and song.


MARGARET BENNETT is a prize-winning author, well known singer and broadcaster. She has written extensively about Scottish folklore and culture at home and abroad and her eleven books include Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave. She is the recipient of several honours including The Celtic Women International Award (2003), Honorary Life Fellow of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies (2010), Honorary Doctor of Music (2010, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow), le ‘Prix du Québec’ (2011) and the Royal Scottish Academy has recently appointed her Honorary Professor Antiquities (2012).

Assisted by ERIC RICE distinguished musician and educator of the former Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.



Preface / Ro-Radh

Acknowledgements / Buidheachas 

Introduction / Facal-toisich

Ethel / Ethel

Evacuation / A’ gluasad 

A new Home / Dachaigh ùr 

Growing up in Tiree / Ag èirigh suas ann an Tiriodh 

Inveraray / Inbhir Aora 

The Next Ferry to Tiree / An Ath Aiseag a Thiriodh 

A taste of Home / Blas na Dachaigh 


01. ’S Mi Nam Shuidhe aig an Teine

02. Eilean Ì

03. Air Madainn Diardaoin

04. Banrighinn a’ Chuain

05. An Cridhe Tùrsach

06. Cogadh Mòr Na Roinn Eòrpa

07. Gus am Bris an Là

08. Inveraray Loch Fyne

09. My Highland Home 

10. Catrìona Òg an Òr Fhuilt Bhuidhe

11. Stàball Bhetlèheim

12. Catherine Anne MacCallum’s Wedding March

13. Our Broken Dreams

14. Leaving Shira Glen

15. Colorado Wedding

16. Goirtean Dòmhnaill

17. Eilean mo Mhiann

18. Seòl an Iùbhrach

19. Eilean Uaine Thiriodh

Audio Resources for Teaching and Learning

CD: Home to Argyll with Ethel MacCallum


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Gaelic songs and Poetry
Grace Note Publications

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  1. Marvellous story - humbling and challenging 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Oct 2015

    A story that had to be told of a fragile little girl from Glasgow who found kindness and acceptance among the people of Tiree and those whose lives she touched.

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