‘Arran Voices’ was funded by Traditional Arts Funding through Creative Scotland (2014)
I spent six months talking to and recording local people on the Isle of Arran while I lived there. I asked them what Arran meant to them. We shared old and new tales, from Pat William’s tale of a healing landscape to Peter Finlay telling me how he used to be terrified of the ‘Ghostie House’ at High Corrie, where the witch with the long red tongue lived. With this wonderful material, and together with a group of local Arraners: Sheila Gilmore, David Napier, Rory Morrison and Shannon Galbraith, we wove together an evening of stories, both live and recorded, and performed at The Altachorvie Hotel in Lamlash.
Everyone I spoke to for this project amazed and inspired me with their stories and generosity.
By bringing the old local tales into the present and combining them with new stories, it’s possible to catch a glimpse of the huge part that stories, both real and imagined, play in our everyday lives, and how they reflect the landscape in which we live.