Gaelic psalm singing: why the ancient tradition is in danger of disappearing

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Most Gaels, whether religious or not, will recognise the sound of Gaelic psalmody (psalm singing) as a truly emotive heartbeat of their communities and the sound accompanying the happiest, most mundane and most devastating of times. But this stirring singing tradition that has evolved over centuries is now in danger of disappearing.

When UNESCO highlighted back in 1996 the critical situation of language loss around the world, and the extent to which many minority languages are endangered, our eyes were opened to the serious implications of language homogenisation, and the huge loss of language and cultural diversity that comes with it.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2022

Bibliographical note

Frances Wilkins receives funding from The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the British Academy.


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