An Dàn CD Lyrics
T7: Taigh an Uillt
Iain Crichton Smith: Mary Ann Kennedy
“Come, find shelter beneath
Cruachan, find peace and kindness there,
Glasgow-born and Lewis raised, Iain Crichton Smith was one of Gaelic’s 20th Century literary greats – and a fine and funny man to boot. Iain rounded off his teaching years in the Argyllshire port-town of Oban, before retiring to write full-time from his base in the neighbouring village of Taynuilt. The local Gaelic choir (led by Audrey Paterson, the lead singer of the local swing band - now there’s real class) had asked Iain to write a poem unashamedly in praise of the village, and asked me later to turn it into a song. With the blessing of Donalda, his wife, I played a little with the verse structures and created a chorus, to complete this miniature village national anthem.
Audrey MacLeod Paterson: Iain was so "chuffed" at the thought of his words being made into a song, something he never imagined would happen. In common with many ultra-gifted Highlanders and Islanders, he was unfailingly generous with his immense talent and when I asked him if he would consider writing some words for a song about Taynuilt, he came back to me with, not one, but two beautiful pieces of poetry which have since been set to music.
T7: Taigh an Uillt
Iain Crichton Mac a’ Ghobhainn: Màiri Anna NicUalraig
“Thig fo sgàil a’ Chruachain, faigh
ann fois is bàigh;
Dh’innis Donalda (Dondie), bantrach Iain, mu dheidhinn fhèin a’ cluinntinn Audrey NicPheadrais a’ seinn an òrain arison a’ chiad turas: thuirt i gu robh Iain gu math toilichte san sgìre, agus bha e ’n dùil gun do lìbhrig i gu brèagha a smuaintean mu Chruachan agus Taigh an Uillt.
Audrey NicPheadrais: Chaidh an dà phìos bàrdachd – Gleann Èite agus Taigh an Uillt – a sgrìobhadh as t-samhradh sa bhliadhna 1998, beagan mhìosan a-mhàin mun do chaochail Iain. Chuir Màiri Anna ceòl àlainn ris na briathran eireachdail aig Iain ann an Taigh an Uillt, le co-sheirm còisir dha-rèir.