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Gaelic Psalm: The congregation of Back Free Church, Isle of Lewis

Calum Martin, the precentor of Back Free Church on the Isle of Lewis, talks about Gaelic Psalms.

Gaelic Psalm takes the melodic line and allows individuals in the congregation to worship. People know the tune of the Psalm, but are able to sing it in any way they want.

According to musicologists, Gaelic Psalms shouldn’t really work harmonically, but they do.They come from the Presbyterian tradition, meaning they are very much word based.

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