Tàlaidhean Ura: The Lullaby Project,

Tàlaidhean Ura: The Lullaby Project

The third instalment of The Lullaby Project takes place at Muir of Ord Village Hall on Tuesday mornings, 10am -12pm, from 10th October to 19th December. The first session is a ‘come and try’ day where people can come along and learn more about the project. It is open to all care-givers and expectant mothers. Some entertainment for the wee ones will also be provided!

Tàlaidhean Ura: The Lullaby Project, in collaboration with New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute is a heart-warming project which encourages local women who are pregnant or caring for babies and toddlers to explore song-writing and come up with their own lullabies with support from professional local musicians during a series of free workshops.

The Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute pioneered the concept of The Lullaby Project in New York, pairing pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding childhood development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. Extending around the world, the Lullaby Project now enables partner organisations to support families in their own communities.

We first ran the project in 2020 and had an incredible year working in-person pre-pandemic and online to deliver four projects in Alness, Dingwall, Gairloch and Inverness. The results of these initial sessions were 22 new lullabies in Gaelic, English, Arabic and Portuguese and some of these beautiful lullabies can be listened to here. One of the lullabies, Bà Bà written by Kathelle Macleod for her son, Robert, was featured as part of Carnegie Hall’s annual Lullaby Project celebration concert in 2021, amongst other wonderful lullabies from around the globe. The first run of the project also provided work for 9 local freelance musicians. We ran the second instalment, thanks to funding from YMI, throughout 2022 – 2023 and we are delighted that you can now listen to all the beautiful lullabies that were created on our Soundcloud page here.

For more information about the Lullaby Project, please contact Teya-Jean, tj.bawden@feisrois.org.

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