Achmelvich Beach

Achmelvich

Achmelvich  is in the Highland region of Scotland, the name coming from the Gaelic “Achadh” – a plain or meadow and “mealvaich” – sandy dunes. 40 miles north of Ullapool, in the north west of the Scotland, it’s only access is by single track road.

Clan Histories For Your Viewing Pleasure

The BBC has a wonderful series of programs which look closely at Scottish Highland Clan histories. Featured here (in a nod to my fellow Outlander fans) is the episode on Clan Fraser, started in the twelfth century when a French knight named Frezel left Normandy for a new life in Scotland. Part One includes an interview with the current clan chief (and clearly a charmer,) Lord Lovet, Simon Fraser.

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Part Two:

Part Three:

If you’re interested in viewing additional episodes you’ll have to look for them on YouTube, as the BBC doesn’t stream them. BBC does have a listing of all episodes with some additional information.

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart is a Scottish artist who combines traditional folk music styles with modern themes. I’ve been cruising around the internet looking for pieces to include here and I haven’t found a song yet that I didn’t like. Her voice is pure and her emotions deep. The music she creates has feeling, and often deep social meaning.

Polwart’s debut album FAULTLINES won three awards at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, including Best Album. Its follow up, SCRIBBLED IN CHALK (2006), contained “Daisy”, a gentle word to the wise to one of life’s givers and truth-tellers who can’t quite comprehend that “there are people in this world who don’t think like you do”. The song won Polwart another BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song in 2007.

Karine Polwart performs “Daisy” for PRI’s “The World:”

Visit Karine’s website to learn more about the amazing, young artist.

Tallia Storm

Let me start by saying . . . she’s 13. Listen to that voice! No 13-year-old should have that much soul. Tallia Storm was born and (is being) raised in Killearn, Sterling, Scotland. On June 10th, 2012, she opened for none other than Sir Elton John at his performance in Falkirk  (the only date in Scotland on his current tour.) This all came about because Ms. Storm ran into Sir Elton’s partner, David Furnish while vacationing in Hawaii. She handed over a demo CD and a note, and hours later Elton John was on the phone. Crazy. Please take a listen. Even if R&B/Soul is not your prefered choice of music, I think you’ll be impressed.

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Learn more about Tallia Storm on her website.

Scots: Peelie-Wally

peelie-wally (alt. peely-wallie, peely-wally)

Pronounced /ˈpiliˌwali/

Adjective

1. (chiefly Scotland) Pale, pasty; off colour or ill-looking. [from 19th c.]

“On Monday mornings, he was always a bit peelie-wally.”

For more on this bit of Scots language, click below for an article from the Caledonian Mercury.

Article: Useful Scots Word: Peelie-Wally

KT Tunstall: Black Horse & The Cherry Tree

You may be familiar with Scotland’s KT Tunstall and her song “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree,” but if you’ve never seen her ‘one woman’ version, you should treat yourself! It’s amazing to watch her build the back tracks as she begins the song.

Find out more about KT Tunstall on her website!