Day 182 - Sheila Stewart: 15 Years Ago Today

Pearls Of The Tay, a celebration of Perthshire's vast treasure trove of traditional music took place on Saturday 17th September 2005. It was essential to us that the first voice to be heard in the Hall was Sheila Stewart's. A traveller and tradition-bearer of world renown, she was hitherto a prophet without hounour in her own land. In this powerful video, she sings and talks movingly of the discrimination she faced and her fear of her rich culture dying with her. Sheila passed away in 2014.

Directed by Indian percussion legend Trilok Gurtu, Pearls Of The Tay featured his brilliant multi-national band alongside Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir, Ross Ainslie, Fraser Anderson, Margaret Bennett, Pete Clark, Margaret Bennett, Gina MacLeod, Brian McAlpine, Rhythm Wave, Sheila Stewart, Ewen Sutherland and the Vale Of Atholl Pipe Band.

"Rarely have I attended an event with a clearer message. Here was music presented and played as the one true global language - with all the possibilities for hope and reconciliation that contains - by musicians of the very highest calibre...This was a one-off, a truly special occasion it was a privilege to attend." ***** Keith Bruce, The Herald

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