Wednesday, 15 June 2011

BBC ALBA – WEEKLY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS Saturday 25 June – Friday 1 July 2011

Title: Piping Live

Julie Fowlis presents Fred Morrison and his band from Glasgow’s Fruitmarket on the last night of Piping Live festival 2010.

Transmitted: Saturday 25 June
Time: 9.55 – 10.30pm

Title: Cuirm @ Celtic – Green Fields of America

From Celtic Connections, a music and dance spectacular - Green Fields of America with The StepCrew.

Transmitted: Sunday 26 June
Time: 11pm – 12 midnight

Title: Trusadh: Buth a’ Bhaile / Village Shops

The village shop - it's been at the very heart of our communities for many years. At one time almost every rural village would have had its own shop. But how are things today?

In the stunning, remote area of Uig in Lewis, the local shop is owned by the community themselves. We'll meet those who run it including local character, Uig born and raised Donald John Robertson, or Fin as he's better known, who delivers orders throughout the area in the shop van.

In Laggan, in the Cairngorm National Park, the local village shop is very much a lifeline to the area, with the nearest town, Fort William, an hour away.

For the islanders of Eigg, getting supplies to the shop on the ferry is one of their biggest challenges. When the Eriskay causeway was built in 2002 many thought that it would be the end of the local island shop. It's been anything but though, with a unique bus service making all the difference.

And 'Mithir Tongue' in Aberdeenshire shows how community can be defined in many ways.

Transmitted: Monday 27 June
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Ulaidhean – St Andrew’s Museum

Derek MacKay and Kirsty MacDonald scour Scotland's museums in search of fascinating artefacts and the stories behind them. In this programme they explore the treasures of St Andrews Museum.

Transmitted: Wednesday 29 June
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm

Title: A Song of Crotal and White An Diugh

Updating the impression of life on the Isle of Lewis given by the MacDonald Sisters, first broadcast in 1969.

Transmitted: Thursday 30 June
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Anns na Paipearan – 1955 / Headlines from 1955

Derek Mackay takes a nostalgic look back at some of the stories featured in the Highland press in the year 1955.

Transmitted: Friday 1 July
Time: 8.30 – 9.00pm