Skye Church launches new CD of Gaelic hymns

Skye Gaelic CD Launch
Rt Rev Dr Angus Morrison was treated to a selection of songs featured on the CD during his visit to Skye. Pictured from left: Calum Munro, Rev John Murray, Neilian Murray, Mod, Dinah Rankin, Amy Cruickshank, Donald MacDonald.

A Church in Skye has released a new CD of Gaelic hymns as part of moves to revive Gaelic worship in the Kirk.

The CD –Seinneamaid Còmhla (Let's Sing Praise Together) features songs from a Gaelic hymnbook produced last year by members of the Kilmuir and Stenscholl parish in North Skye.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Angus Morrison, visited Skye to help launch the new CD.

Dr Morrison said:

"'It is my definite pleasure to welcome this wonderful new CD of Gaelic hymns from the hymnbook compiled by Catriona Macdonald, Amy Cruickshank and Neilian Murray.

"We have here an immensely valuable contribution to worship in Gaelic, a resource that can be used in churches, schools and colleges—in fact everywhere Gaelic is heard.

"Gaelic speakers will enjoy listening to hymns old and new, and it will also help Gaelic learners to hear some familiar tunes sung in Gaelic. I commend it most warmly."

Last year after their hymnbook was published, the Seinneamaid Còmhla group was invited to sing from the collection at events from Glasgow to the Uists. Now, with the release of the CD, their singing will be available for everyone to enjoy, along with tracks from The Brogues, a talented group of young musicians based in Glasgow.

Seinneamaid Còmhla showcases a varied selection of the 100 hymns in the hymnbook, in a mix of solos, duets, band, group and congregational singing. Among the highlights are a new and fresh take on some old favourites,such as 'Be thou my vision' and 'Take my life and let it be.'

Rev John Murray, minister for the Kilmuir and Stenscholl parish, says he is confident that local ventures such as this will keep the strong and distinctive use of the language in contemporary worship.

"It's fantastic having these home grown resources," Mr Murray said. "The attractive hymnbook and this CD will also help those involved in chaplaincy in Gaelic medium schools throughout Scotland.

"It just shows the depth and strength of Gaelic here that projects such as these come right through from idea to fruition."

The CD was funded in part by grants from the church's Novum Trust and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.