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The Baleshare Bard is back

Eighty years after its first publication, the collected Gaelic poems of North Uist’s Baleshare Bard Roderick Mackay are back in print in a new revised new edition of Oiteagan à Tìr nan Òg, ‘Breezes from the Land of Youth’.

The book was launched at Lochmaddy Hall last Thursday by singers Julie Fowlis and Linda MacLeod.

The Carmichael Watson Project, which looks after the ‘treasure-chest of Gaelic stories, songs, customs, and beliefs collected by Lismore’s pioneering folklorist Alexander Carmichael, holds the bard’s own 152-page manuscript of poems at Edinburgh University Library.

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