What I do

Types of Storytelling

The bulk of my storytelling happens at:

Unusually, I don't attend many dedicated storytelling events or festivals. My work is more 'applied' storytelling as part of some other activity, such as community oral-history gathering, imparting Scottish history and so on.

A short video clip of a wedding cèilidh, with live storytelling

Many of such live recordings are incorporated into pieces on my CD, Gàir nan Clàrsach

Gàir nan Clàrsach - The Harps' Cry

Highland storytelling is a live art form best experienced in the informal gathering of the cèilidh, with all the interaction that goes along with it. For that reason, despite a few requests over the 20 years to record Tales onto CD and such, I declined.

I held the question as to how it might be possible to put a semi-improvised art form onto a fixed medium such as CD. The result is Gàir nan Clàrsach a collection of traditional music, song and Tale. Most of the tracks on the CD include live recording excerpts made in the now rare highland phenomenon of the cèilidh (a social gathering of song, dance, tales, which has no audience becasue all those present will contribute something, even if it's only the tea a dropped scones), developed and added to in the studio. You can listen to the album below.

Tradition Bearing

I also help to keep a few other Highland traditions going, as best I can:

These all come under the umbrella of "tradition bearing".