A day of Gaelic lined up for Perthshire

A day of Gaelic for the whole family is being held in Perthshire next month.

The Strathearn Community Campus is hosting Latha Gàidhlig on Saturday, 19 May.

Throughout the day attendees have the opportunity to participate in a range of different workshops exploring Gaelic language and culture before a free afternoon concert featuring Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Mischa Macpherson.

As well as exploring the Gaelic Tree Alphabet in a special trail round the Campus there are activities for all ages including Beginners Gaelic Classes for age 14+, workshops in Step Dance, Gaelic Song and Reading in Gaelic.

As its Bookbug week there will be a Gaelic Bookbug Session for babies, pre-schoolers, parents and carers to enjoy in Strathearn Community Library followed by a Step Wee Cèilidh Session for 0-5s.

Local artist June McEwan will be there for the day leading a drop-in art workshop using the famous Gaelic Tree Alphabet as a focus for creating paintings in acrylic. June makes everything fun, and you don’t need to be an artist to join in.

The afternoon features a talk from author John Murray. His first book Reading the Gaelic Landscape was published in 2014 providing an insight into the Gaelic language in the Scottish landscape.

In his latest book Literature of the Gaelic Landscape the author has immersed himself further in the Gaelic literature of place so that readers, with book in hand, can make the past come alive and appreciate the extracts about a place and what has happened there. This talk will also explore links to the local area.

Mischa Macpherson will be joined by a selection of special guests including Kinfauns Stepdancers for an afternoon of Gaelic music. The Lewis-born singer has already scooped several major UK folk awards – a fitting testament to her music’s pure-distilled expressiveness and radiant vitality.

Named Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music awards and BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award Winner, she is a musician in high demand performing extensively with her own band as well as a vast and diverse list of other projects including Martyn Bennett’s GRIT Orchestra (2016) and The Unusual Suspects of Celtic Colours (2017).

All activities are free and no previous experience of Gaelic is required to participate in any of the activities.

For further information or to book a place in any of the workshops contact 01738 476795 or email Gaelic@pkc.gov.uk.