Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Scottish Gaelic Psalm-singers in Belfast

This Saturday sees two concerts in Belfast by Gaelic psalm-singers from na h-Eileanan an Iar. With their beautiful and heart-rending polyphony, the visitors promise local audiences a rare and receding chance to experience a language, a style of singing, and a brand of religion that were all once central to life in Scotland but that have now retreated to the far north-west.

They also challenge our preconceptions: that Gaels are not Protestants; that Presbyterians are not Gaels; and, for some like me, that extreme religiosity will always result in the warping or diminution of secular culture.

11.00 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.
Saturday, 28 November
Tullycarnet Library
Admission free,
booking advisable
t. 028 9048 5079

7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Saturday, 28 November
174 Trust in Duncairn Avenue,
just off the Antrim Road.
Admission free,
booking advisable
t. 028 9074 7114

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