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Lullaby Project

The Lullaby Project pairs musicians & new mothers to write lullabies for their wee ones.

We’re looking for local women who are pregnant and/or caring for wee ones from new-born to 3 years old to join our Lullaby Project.

Come along to our free weekly sessions to explore music and play to create your very own lullaby. No previous musical experience is necessary: our teaching artists will help you use music as a tool to connect with your little one. We will provide childcare during these sessions and assistance with travel costs is also available.

We will be offering sessions in the following areas this year:

August – October 2022 | 10am – 12pm Mondays @ Merkinch Community Centre, Inverness

September – November
| 12.30pm – 2.30pm Tuesdays @ Capstone Centre, Alness

September – December | 9.30am – 11.30am Tuesdays @ Youth Cafe, Tain
These sessions will look at introducing the Gaelic language to your family. You don’t need to be a gaelic speaker to join – infact we encourage those who don’t have Gaelic but who are interested in exploring Gaelic Medium Education for their wee ones.

Each session will be 2 hours in length, over the course of 10 weeks.

For more information on how to get involved email Tj at tj.bawden@feisrois.org

Tàlaidhean Ùra: The Fèis Rois Lullaby Project 2021

We had an incredible year working in-person pre-pandemic and online to deliver four projects in Alness, Dingwall, West Coast & Inverness. Our participants wrote songs in Gaelic, English, Arabic and Portuguese.

Follow this link to listen to some of the wonderful lullabies that were written during the Lullaby Project in 2021.

Below you can listen to one of the first lullabies written during Tàlaidhean Ùra: The Fèis Rois Lullaby Project – Bà Bà by Kathelle Macleod. This very special song was written by Kathelle for her son, Robert, and was filmed at Rosskeen Free Church by Graeme Roger at Wildbird, with Barry Reid on sound, and features musicians Liza Mulholland, Sarah Smith & Teya-Jean Bawden.

This lullaby was featured as part of Carnegie Hall’s annual Lullaby Project celebration concert, amongst other wonderful lullabies from around the globe, which you can view here. Thank you to our partners, Carnegie Hall, and the University of Aberdeen who undertook the research & evaluation component of the project to measure the impact on the well-being of the participants. Finally, thank you to our 2021 funders Spirit of 2012 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Since September 2019, Spirit of 2012’s Carers’ Music Fund projects have been engaging female carers across the UK in music activities with the aim of reducing loneliness; improving their mental health and wellbeing; and challenging gendered perceptions of caring. This podcast is part of a series of insight reports on the wellbeing benefits of participatory music-making activities and you can hear Tj talking a bit more about Tàlaidhean Ùra: The Fèis Rois Lullaby Project in the podcast, Music, making connections, and mental health: insights from the Carer’s Music Fund.

For more information, please contact Tj at tj.bawden@feisrois.org.