Keose via Lochiegirl

Some of the older inhabitants of Keose village remember the distinctive sight and sound of psalmsinging on boats that would bring South Lochs communities across Loch Erisort for kirk services in the villages on the north side of the Loch. If you have never heard or seen this, there is a chance to get a sense of what it was like on Friday 10th June when a group will come together for a re-enactment and celebration in Keose Bay.

Writer Donald S Murray will read his new poem sequence,’ PsalmBoat’, written in response to the story of the Loch Erisort psalm journeys. Artist Déirdre Ni Mhathúna will record the event on video and audio. Writer and artist Ian Stephen will sail the beautiful ‘Broadbay’ community boat, with a specially restored old brown sail hoisted on its mast. Community activist and historian Maggie Smith will keep things in good order and has promised a wee gathering in Laxay Hall afterwards.

This is fast turning into a very special event involving local history buffs, writers, artists, singers and of course – boats. Maggie Smith, Falmadair and An Communn Eachdraidh have been working behind the scenes to bring everyone together.

Psalmsingers, boats, sailors and all interested folk are warmly invited to join in.