Calum Martin’s Megantic Outlaw – Uig, 14 July

11 June, 2009 at 2:57 pm

O an strì ann an tìr a phailteis,
O am fallas, o am fuachd,
Cha robh cùisean mar bha dùil seo idir
Le olc is aingidheachd is cruas.
– Tìr a Phailteis, Calum Martin

The Megantic Outlaw, Donald Morrison, is a folk hero in Quebec and Uig alike and his story is well-known on both sides of the Atlantic. The ruins of his grandfather’s blackhouse can still be seen in Kneep, on the hillside behind the machair and Loch nan Cuilc, but the family left for Quebec, where they settled near Lake Megantic and where Donald was born in 1857, their youngest son.

This year, as part of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, local musician and teacher Calum Martin is bringing his Gaelic folk-rock song cycle based on the Megantic Outlaw’s life, to Uig and Stornoway. The story follows the family’s voyage from Lewis, their hardships in the new land, and Morrison’s ten months on the run until his capture, imprisonment and eventual demise.

For this show Calum has brought together an amazing cast of musicians from both sides of the Atlantic featuring Fraser Fifield (Sax/Whistles), Graeme Stephen (guitars), Bobby Millar (bass guitar); from upstate New York by way of Nashville Tennessee, Peter Young (Drummer/Producer) from Nashville, Scott Neubert (guitars/dobro/banjo/mandolin) and from Lewis Andrew Yearly (keyboard/accordion) and Calum’s own daughter Isobel Ann Martin (vocals).

Tuesday 14 July 2009 at Uig Community Centre, 8pm
Wednesday 15 July 2009 at An Lanntair, Stornoway, 7.30pm

Tickets from the Hebridean Celtic Festival box office (online, from 01851 702333, or on Saturdays 11-4 from the office in Stornoway, and from Uig Museum in the community centre). Calum Martin also wrote and performed the new Festival anthem, Blue on Green, which is available as a free download from the Festival website.  For the full story, see Comann Eachdraidh Uig.


Entry filed under: events.

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05-10 Jul 09 Ceòlas: Gaelic Music Summer School, south Uist.

14 Jul 09 Calum Martin's Megantic Outlaw, Uig Hall, 7.30pm.

15-18 Jul 09 Heb Celt Festival

16 Jul 09 Scots in Quebec - an exhibition at the Lanntair, Stornoway; to mid August.

17 Jul-15 Aug Art on the Map, Uists

18 Jul 09 Bill Lawson: The Former Settlements of Loch Resort, with boat trip to Kinlochresort. 10.30am, Community Hall, Tarbert. IBT

05 Aug 09 Dr Lucille H Campey: The Exodus from the Outer Hebrides to Canada. Stornoway HS; venue tbc.

06 Aug 09 Bill Lawson: Emigration from the Outer Hebrides. 7.30pm, Lews Castle College, Stornoway (with AGM at 6pm) IBT

07-08 Aug 09 Tatù Innse Gall

08 Aug 09 Carnival Day, Stornoway

24-29 Aug 09 Faclan Hebridean Book Festival

10-12 Sep 09 Conference: Island Emigrants Leverburgh Community Hall, Harris. IBT

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