Singer Eddi Reader in Gaelic teaching call

Eddi Reader Eddie Reader hopes to learn Gaelic herself

Related Stories

Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader believes the teaching of Gaelic should be compulsory in every school in Scotland.

Reader, who grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, hopes to learn Gaelic.

She told BBC Alba that Scotland's languages, songs and dances "must be honoured and maintained".

Reader's career has included performing with the band Fairground Attraction and harmonising with Annie Lennox on tours with Eurythmics.

The singer said: ''Ideally, I believe our language should be compulsory in every single school in Scotland.

"Being in a union with England, Wales and some counties in northern Ireland should not mean the abandonment of our culture.

"We have a duty to provide access to Scots Gaelic to every Scot."

Reader added: "Our language, our songs, our dances must be honoured and maintained. That's why I want to learn my native tongue."

The total number of people recorded as being able to speak, read, write or understand Gaelic in the 2001 census was 92,400.

Earlier this year, Highland Council made a commitment to give equal respect to Gaelic and English and also recognise the region's "indigenous language" and dialects.

Caithness Scots and English influenced by soldiers sent to Inverness from England in the 17th Century are among language and dialects spoken in the area.

The commitment was made in the council's new programme of priorities.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Highlands & Islands



Min. Night 0 °C


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back

  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6

  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?

  • Lotus 97T driven by Elio de AngelisBeen and Gone

    A champion F1 designer and other notable losses

  • A poster of Boris Nemtsov at a rally in St Petersburg, Russia, 1 MarchWho killed Nemtsov?

    Theories abound over murder that shocked Moscow

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.