Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o Riches

A new website comprising over 15,000 recordings in Gaelic and Scots, from ones made on wax cylinders in 1937 to others recorded on Radio nan Gàidheal, was made available for free sometime recently. The address is:
Why do I say ‘sometime recently’? Consider this:

On Mon, 29 Nov Ruairidh MacIlleathain’s Litir Bheag announced ‘And much of the material that Calum Maclean recorded with him is to appear on a new website next week. That’s the site of Tobar an Dualchais.’
On Thu, 9 Dec a BBC post claimed ‘So far almost 12,000 hours of archive have been digitised and will be made available free of charge on the project website.’
And on Tue, 14 Dec, Scots Language Centre announced ‘The Kist o Riches project aims to digitise, catalogue and disseminate Gaelic and Scots sound recordings. A new website for the project was this week launched in Edinburgh’.

You’d say this gets us to 9 – 14 Dec, they had delayed the launch for one week when Ruairidh’s Litir was already out and what’s my problem. My problem is that I came across the site, apparently in working order, through Google when looking for words of one of the songs from Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle, and even posted the relevant link to the Tobar an Dualchais website… as early as 12 November. The proof is here. Go figure.

ETA: The website’s database is created partly in Benbecula, as documented by the Guthan nan Eilean project.



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