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Homecoming Scotland 2014: You never know who you'll meet on the ferry!

The Gulf News - Published on September 08, 2014Folk who live in island communities can expect to see someone they know when they travel between ports. It's a way of life - they even ask each other who they met on the way across.For Walter Devoe, a marine engineer from the Codroy Valley, it's a [...]

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Book Review: The Annals of the Holyrood Parish by Eberhard (Paddy) Bort

EdinburghGuide » Reviews » BooksBy Bill Dunlop - Posted on 12 July 2014‘The Annals of the Holyrood Parish’ has a promising title, and manages to live up to it, though not perhaps in ways the ‘average reader’ might expect. Covering the previous decade of the Scottish Parliament’s sessions, attendants and to some degree impacts, it [...]

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Review: Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover and Other West Highland Chronicles le Eric R Cregeen. Edited by Dr. Margaret Bennett

Review by RAGHNALL MACILLEDHUIBHThe Scotsman 17/08/2014Mar a thug Eric Cregeen guth an t-sluaigh don eachdraidh againnTHA mi a’ cur fàilte chridheil air an dara leagan de Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover and Other West Highland Chronicles le Eric R Cregeen. Edited by Dr. Margaret Bennett(Grace Note, £14.99).Se leagan còmh daich-bhuig tha seo – thàinig a’ chiad fhear (còmhdach-cruaidh) [...]

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JEROME: One More Song! Local, Social & Political History in the repertoire of a Newfoundland-Irish Singer

REVIEW by Jim BainbridgeBook and CDJerome: One More Song! Local, Social & Political History in the repertoire of a Newfoundland-Irish SingerFrom the fieldwork collections of Kenneth S. Goldstein and Margaret Bennett By Margaret Bennett. Published by Gracenote Publications, Ochtertyre, Scotland, 2012CD playlist:Labrador Rose; The Badger Drive; The Anti-Confederation Song; The Bachelors Lament; Paul E Hall story; Pat Malone Forgot that He [...]

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REVIEW: Horse Kogill and Mr Moneyman - A novel inspired by pioneering relative

Review by  Tom RamageStrathspey and Badenoch Herald Thursday June 12, 2104Novel inspired by pioneering relativeIT’S funny what you find lying around in your attic. Among the cobwebs and the dust you might, if you’re very lucky, find out how your family changed the world. Laggan’s Campbell Slimon did just that.There was an old flag, “Made by the wives of Reykjavik merchants [...]

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Review: The most important foreigner to have done business with Iceland on the mid-1800s

Review by Olafur R. Dyrmundsson of the Farmers Association, Iceland 01 July 2014“The most important foreigner to have done business with Iceland on the 1800s”Of all the horse traders who came to Iceland, John Coghill would become the best-known. He was, however, already a legendary character while he was alive. Coghill was born in the spring of 1835 in [...]

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SCOTTISH NEWFOUNDLANDERS HOMECOMING TOUR – August 2 – 11, 2014

SCOTTISH NEWFOUNDLANDERS HOMECOMING TOUR:   August 2 – 11, 2014Homecoming Scotland 2014 will see the return of a group of singers and musicians whose Gaelic-speaking forebears left the Isle of Canna and Moidart in the early 1800s. Invited by the National Trust for Scotland, who sponsor their airfares, they represent two generations of the remarkable MacArthur family whose songs, music [...]

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Book Review: The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop: A Grotesque Mystery of Fife by Tom Hubbard

The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop: A Grotesque Mystery of Fife by Tom HubbardReview by Irene Brown - Posted on 01 July 2014EdinburghGuide.comCity Guide to Edinburgh, ScotlandStravaiger is a great Scots word. It is defined in the glossary at the back of this latest novel from Tom Hubbard, as ‘wanderer, traveller, itinerant’. The epithet could apply [...]

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MARGARET BENNETT - Jerome: Just One More Song

REVIEW BY Jim McCourtTHE LIVING TRADITIONMARGARET BENNETT - Jerome: Just One More SongISBN: 9781907676154Biography and social history are interwoven through folklorist Margaret Bennett’s study of the Newfoundland singer Jerome Downey. The primary focus is on the songs of Jerome’s life and times, but considerable space is given to his cultural context. In describing the environment and [...]

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Book Review: Tammy Norrie – The Hoose Daemon of Seahouses by William Hershaw

 By Irene Brown - Posted on 11 January 2014EdinburghGuide » Edinburgh NewsDoes a house contain life within beyond mere bricks and mortar? If Tammy Norrie – The Hoose Daemon of Seahouses is to be believed, it resolutely does. He describes a house as ‘An ark o souls’ no less. In this first novel by acclaimed Fife poet, [...]

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