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Kin and the Community

Two groups of young musicians from Ross-shire spent several months working alongside acclaimed fiddler and composer Duncan Chisholm to research a local story, create a film, and create an original sound track to each of the short films shown today. The project has allowed the young people to explore their cultural heritage and learn new skills in composition, film-making, research and ethnology.

The first tells the story of Sandy Murdie (a drover from Lochbroom) and the second the story of Belle Anne MacAngus (one of the last Gaelic speakers in the Seaboard Villages in Easter Ross). Both projects have gone on to be performed at festivals such as Blas, Belladrum, Sidmouth and Celtic Connections. It was particularly fitting that the story of Belle Anne MacAngus was premiered at the Fisherfolk Festival in Balintore in June 2017, very close to Hilton where she had lived.

A film is shown as part of a Kin and the Community performance

Since participating in Kin, it has opened a lot of doors for me, both with opportunities to develop and improve skills and meeting great people.

Kin musician