Friday, 26 August 2011

BBC ALBA – WEEKLY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS Saturday 3 September – Friday 9 September 2011

Title: Cuirm Ciuil dha Gordon / The Gordon Duncan Experience

The Gordon Duncan Experience concert is the fourth concert held in Perth in the memory of Gordon Duncan, a piper, folk musician and composer, who is widely regarded as one of the most skilled and innovative traditional music performers and composers of modern times.

The 2010 concert features performances from Seamus Begley & Tim Edey, Willie MacCallum, Old Blind Dogs, Galician piper Xose Manuel Budino, The Pitlochry & Blair Atholl Pipe Band and the Gordy Duncan Jr Band.

While steeped in the art of traditional highland piping, his approach to his music was always imaginative, fresh and at times radical, to the extent that his influence can be heard within an entire generation of younger musicians across Scotland and well beyond. Gordon died in December 2005, aged 41.

The annual concert is organized by the Gordon Duncan Trust, which was set up for the promotion of piping and other forms of traditional music amongst young people in Scotland, and this concert features performances by over 30 young musicians who have benefited from the work in the trust by being part of the Gordon Duncan Experience orchestra.

Transmitted: Saturday 3 September
Time: 8.55 – 10.00pm

Title: Cuirm @ Celtic: Taigh Ciuil - Dual

Dual, the top Scottish and Irish musicians in concert during Celtic Connections 2011. With Julie Fowlis, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Eamon Doorley and Tony Byrne.

Transmitted: Saturday 3 September
Time: 10.00 – 10.30pm

Title: Trusadh – Canada An Turas / The Journey

Take the journey of a lifetime from the mystical Hebridean shores of the Isle of Lewis, over the Atlantic to the historical heart of
Canada - Prince Edward Island. In this action-packed hour we find out what happens when a group of Gaelic exchange students
head out to meet their Canadian counterparts, as they each experience student life, leisure & family as a Canadian.

To kick the exchange off the Canadians spend a week on Lewis tracing their lineage and brushing up on their Gaelic.

Despite being separated by the mighty Atlantic, these two groups of students might have a lot in common. What will the natives
of Prince Edward Island make of the Heather Isle?

Tweed waulking, bridge jumping, exploring new delicacies, every step of the way through the eyes of the children.

Transmitted: Monday 5 September
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm

Title: Breab

Breab is back with six new teenagers from across Scotland and plenty of challenges to throw at them.

The teenagers face a series of physical challenges on a camping trip in the great outdoors. Teamwork is needed to succeed but will it be the boys or girls who come out on top?

Transmitted: Wednesday 7 September
Time: 6.05 – 7.05pm

Title: Fergie

A profile of Fergie MacDonald, one of Scotland's most enigmatic and enduring musicians. In this revealing and candid documentary, filmed around the Highlands and Islands, Fergie revisits many friends and locations where he has played his distinctive brand of ceilidh music for over forty years.

Transmitted: Friday 9 September
Time: 9.00 – 10.00pm