St Moluag’s week­end

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The Isle of Lis­more hosted its first St Moluag Week­end, cel­e­brat­ing the founder of the is­land’s Celtic church monastery, with ser­vices on his saint’s day Sun­day June 25.

The fes­tiv­i­ties, or­gan­ised by Rev Iain Bar­clay, min­is­ter of the parish of Lis­more and Ap­pin, and Lis­more His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, be­gan on Satur­day morn­ing with talks from Bob Hay and Dou­glas Brein­gan about the Saint’s life and work.

Mr Hay’s two talks fo­cused on ‘ What we know about St Moluag’ and the find­ings of the first ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig of the cathe­dral nave in 2016 and the plans for the sec­ond ex­ca­va­tion on July 15-22 led by Dr Clare El­lis of Ar­gyll Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

Mr Brein­gan also gave a talk on ‘The Found­ing Of The Dio­cese Of Ar­gyll’ and led a guided walk of the cathe­dral area and re­cent me­dieval ac­ces­sions in the mu­seum, such as the Achin­duin arte­facts from the cas­tle dig, granted to Lis­more un­der Trea­sure Trove.

Folk then gath­ered at the Lis­more Gaelic Her­itage Cen­tre for evening of mu­sic, talks and song, hosted by bean an taigh Katy Crossan. The day’s events were fin­ished off with a tra­di­tional hòro-gheal­laidh pro­vided by Lis­more Ceilidh Band, con­sist­ing of Arthur Cross, Rachel Cross, Shona Wright and award-win­ning artist, Mairi Camp­bell.

One of the Her­itage Cen­tre’s found­ing mem­bers, Dun­can Liv­ing­stone en­ter­tained with a cou­ple of tra­di­tional Gaelic songs, a rare sound for to­day, while host Katy also sang a few

puirt à’ beul through­out the pro­gramme.

The au­di­ence was re­galed with po­ems and sto­ries by the is­land’s Min­is­ter, Rev­erend Iain Bar­clay and a tale or two from Bob Hay about St Moluag’s claim­ing of Lis­more.

Sun­day saw wor­ship in the Re­for­ma­tion tra­di­tion with the choir, fol­lowed by a recital by Ay­man Jar­jour, a world fa­mous clas­si­cal gui­tarist who stud­ied at the Jul­liard School of Mu­sic in New York, and fi­nally songs of praise with the choir and Mairi Camp­bell and her friends.

The is­land will be hold­ing a fes­ti­val in Septem­ber com­bin­ing a num­ber of phe­nom­e­nally tal­ented artists and au­thors, en­com­pass­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent gen­res and styles. Host Mairi Camp­bell will be pre­sent­ing her own story Pulse among many oth­ers per­form­ing.

Just some of the lineup in­cludes Liz Lochhead, Don­ald Meek and James Kel­man. The aptly named ‘Tap­root’ fes­ti­val will start on Septem­ber 14. For more de­tails go to Lis­more Tap­root Fes­ti­val’s Face­book page.

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists who ex­ca­vated the nave of St Moluag’s Cathe­dral on Lis­more.

A ceilidh dance at Lis­more’s first St Moluag week­end.

St Moluag.

The nave dig.

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