National Public Radio (NPR) in the USA has a wonderful segment about the Liet International Song Contest, a singing competition designed to emphasize the minority languages of Europe. The Segment is: A Televised Singing Competition With A Mission.
Aoife Scott from Dublin is singing in Irish in the competition finals and she is featured at multiple stages of the segment. Minority languages around Europe are discussed, and Aoife talks about how at 18 she realized her parents had given her a gift in teaching her the Irish language.
Dol Eoin and the six-piece band Macanta from Scotland, will compete performing in Scottish Gaelic (pronounced gallic). Irish and Scottish Gaelic were essential different dialects of one language until the 1700s. Although between the ages of 0 and 5 his grandparents and parents spoke Gaelic around him, they and he let it fall into disuse as he got older. But then he had a dream in Gaelic, and this prompted him to spend two years recording an album all in Scottish Gaelic.
More Irish Musicians in Shamrock Road blogs:
- Brían Ó hAirt (Brian Hart)
- Bernadette Nic Gabhann
- Aoife Clancy
- Matt and Shannon Heaton
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