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16 October, 2017

Wild food and music inspired by nature to feature at Royal National MÒD

The cultural connections to nature through Gaelic will be celebrated at two events at the Mòd Fringe in Lochaber tomorrow (Tuesday).

A new publication from Scottish Natural Heritage – Rùrachd Lusan Fiadhain or foraging for wild plants, will be launched at a reception and is followed by a special concert of Gaelic music inspired by nature; ‘Nàdar’.

The publication, written by Roddy MacLean, is an invaluable resource on responsible foraging aimed at supporting speakers to further explore the Gaelic language and encouraging them outside to connect with nature.

The launch will be attended by leading Gaelic figures and local councillors. The booklet is one of the outputs of the Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund (GLAIF) supported project with SNH and Bord na Gaidhlig (BnG).

Becky Shaw of SNH said, “We are delighted to launch this new booklet here in Lochaber as the culmination of a programme of work this summer under GLAIF funding with BnG. We have given people yet another reason to get outside and explore nature; running courses to raise skill levels and build capacity, publishing recipe cards and now a guide for responsible foraging.  The experience underpins the close links between nature and Gaelic culture.”

Musician Rachel Walker has brought together some of Scotland’s leading musicians to perform Nàdar which celebrates the link between Gaelic and nature through music and song. The performance includes contributions from Arthur Cormack, Ingrid Henderson, Archie McAllister, Seonaidh Macintyre and the Lochaber District Gaelic Choir.

Music and songs performed offer another way of connecting and celebrating the inspiration that nature has been for Gaelic song and poem. The performance has two parts – the seasons; and land, sea and air. Songs and music will all relate to landscape, seascape and the air, as well as wildlife found on land and marine life

The foraging in Gaelic project has been coordinated by a team from Scotland’s Natural Larder – a partnership between SNH and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). It aims to reconnect people with local and natural produce, encouraging best practice when harvesting and responsible use of natural food resources.

The project with Bord na Gaidhleag was jointly funded under the Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund (GLAIF) 2016-17 programme.

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