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TITLE
Travellers' Gaelic
EXTERNAL ID
AB_ESSIE_STEWART_11
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Essie Stewart
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1188
KEYWORDS
travelling folk
travellers
lifestyles
gypsies
audios

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Essie Stewart is a traditional storyteller from Sutherland and one of the last people to have taken part in the traditional 'Summer Walking' of the travelling families. She is the grand-daughter of Ailidh Dall Stewart (1882-1968), one of the greatest Gaelic storytellers. Essie tells her stories in both English and Gaelic.

In this audio extract, recorded at the Ullapool Book Festival in 2008, Essie talks about the lack of opprtunity to speak Gaelic.

Audience member: Essie, well -

Hello Lily

Audience member: You know I taught your daughter and all these years that I knew you I never knew you had Gaelic. Did you have opportunities to speak Gaelic?

No.

Audience member: After you got married, or?

No.

Audience member: Not at all?

No.

Audience member: Have you just kept it quiet?

[Laughter]

No, I didn't.

[Laughter]

I used to go to - I used to go up and visit Katie, Peter and Johnny, the Williamsons, you know, that lived quite close by, you know, and you know, yes, kept the Gaelic, you know, going. But oh, I didn't keep it quiet, it was just - Who, who were you going to talk to at Ardgay? there's nobody-

Audience member: My father.

[Laughter]

Oh well, your father, yes

Audience member: Did you ever speak Gaelic to your children?

Tried, but their, their father didn't approve, you know.

Audience member: That's an old story, yes.

Yes, you know, didn't approve. He couldn't see - What was the point? You know, that was, you know, what was the point of, of learning them Gaelic? And I mean, they do understand, you know. If they were here today, they could follow what was being said, except Sandra, of course, em, but yes, the other ones, yes.

Audience member: I wish I'd known.

[Laughter]

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Travellers' Gaelic

2000s

travelling folk; travellers; lifestyles; gypsies; audios

Am Baile

Am Baile: Essie Stewart

Essie Stewart is a traditional storyteller from Sutherland and one of the last people to have taken part in the traditional 'Summer Walking' of the travelling families. She is the grand-daughter of Ailidh Dall Stewart (1882-1968), one of the greatest Gaelic storytellers. Essie tells her stories in both English and Gaelic.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract, recorded at the Ullapool Book Festival in 2008, Essie talks about the lack of opprtunity to speak Gaelic.<br /> <br /> Audience member: Essie, well - <br /> <br /> Hello Lily<br /> <br /> Audience member: You know I taught your daughter and all these years that I knew you I never knew you had Gaelic. Did you have opportunities to speak Gaelic? <br /> <br /> No.<br /> <br /> Audience member: After you got married, or? <br /> <br /> No.<br /> <br /> Audience member: Not at all? <br /> <br /> No.<br /> <br /> Audience member: Have you just kept it quiet?<br /> <br /> [Laughter]<br /> <br /> No, I didn't.<br /> <br /> [Laughter]<br /> <br /> I used to go to - I used to go up and visit Katie, Peter and Johnny, the Williamsons, you know, that lived quite close by, you know, and you know, yes, kept the Gaelic, you know, going. But oh, I didn't keep it quiet, it was just - Who, who were you going to talk to at Ardgay? there's nobody-<br /> <br /> Audience member: My father. <br /> <br /> [Laughter]<br /> <br /> Oh well, your father, yes<br /> <br /> Audience member: Did you ever speak Gaelic to your children? <br /> <br /> Tried, but their, their father didn't approve, you know.<br /> <br /> Audience member: That's an old story, yes.<br /> <br /> Yes, you know, didn't approve. He couldn't see - What was the point? You know, that was, you know, what was the point of, of learning them Gaelic? And I mean, they do understand, you know. If they were here today, they could follow what was being said, except Sandra, of course, em, but yes, the other ones, yes. <br /> <br /> Audience member: I wish I'd known.<br /> <br /> [Laughter]