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Islanders Fishermen from the Isle of Barra, off the west coast of Scotland, reminisce about seafaring, crofting, fishing and old stories.

Calum MacNeil, Roderick MacLeod, Donald Campbell,

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Relationship of interviewees: Friends

Where: Castlebay, Isle of Barra

Language of interview: Scottish Gaelic
About this interview
Voice clip 1
The group describe the various historical artifacts they see around them in the Barra Heritage Centre (a museum). They discuss the Gaelic names they had, how they were used in the home and how they have fallen out of use over the years.

Voice clip 2
The interviewees reminisce about two Halloween pranks. In the first, a group of boys (including the speaker) jump out of a ditch to give a nervous passer-by a fright only to find out that it was not the intended victim. The second anecdote tells about a scheme to clear out the carrots and turnips from a keen gardener's plot.

More clips from this interview

Calum MacNeil, Fisherman/seaman
Calum reveals some Gaelic sayings for weather and recalls an old story about a storm in 1921 involving a local man, a missing roof and his pipe.

Donald Campbell, Seaman
Donald remembers stealing carrots in the dead of the night - but he was well and truly caught out when he got home.
Interview's notes

Long description of interview: A relaxed atmosphere was created as the group sat round "the old stove" ...typical of what one would find in a 1930s-style living room in the Hebrides! A perfect setting for reminiscing about seafaring stories, crofting and fishing days.

Recorded by: Katie A MacKenzie, Radio Nan Gaidheal

Date of interview: 2004/11/18



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