Series 9 Programme 4
We open the programme with a song from one of Scotland’s finest singers, Heather Haywood who is in Newtownards for the Festival of the Peninsula. Heather, who is from Kilmarnock, tells Liam how she got into singing but how her vocal range limits her ability to sing Burns: and they discuss the increase in interest in Scottish and Irish music.
Last week, Liam attended a book launch at Queen’s University, hosted by John Kirk of the School of English. The book, called ‘Legislation, Literature and Sociolinguistics’, contains the papers from last year’s Symposium. John outlines some of the content and chats to Liam about the Ulster-Scots interest areas in the book including a paper by Ivan Herbison; papers around the Ulster-Scots Academy; and one by Gavin Faulkner on the language issue.
Will McAvoy reads a Charlie Reynolds’ poem about a walk he took as a child, ‘Up the rodden’ - available on a tape called Braid Tongue Poems or in Charlie’s book, ‘My grandfather’s tongue’. The fiddle tune was ‘The Love o the Isles’, played and written by the late Shetland fiddler, Willie Hunter.
The Ulster-Scots Academy is organising a conference in Newtownards Town Hall on 1st October called ‘Language, Community and the Churches’. John McIntyre, Vice President of EBLUL, tells Liam a bit more about the plans and speakers - who include Ivan Herbison from QUB; Richard McMaster from the University of Florida; Dr Christine Robinson and Pauline Cairns from Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd; Heather and Philip Saunders talking about bible translation; and Dr Philip Robinson on implementing the Academy. There will also be workshops, and the Academy Implementation Group will be looking for feedback from the community. The conference is open to the public.
Back in Newtownards, Liam meets up with Emily Smith, another Scots singer from Dumfries - with a song from her CD ‘A different life’ a collection of traditional and new songs. Emily talks to Liam about her musical interests and trying to encourage younger people to listen to traditional Scots music.