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The project entitled Salm (Gaelic for Psalm) has been the passion and the brainchild of Lewis musician Calum Martin. Gaelic psalm singing is a unique music form: a type of music that those brought up in Scotland's Western Isles, within the Presbyterian religious tradition, know well from childhood and beyond. This unique musical style was recorded over two nights in October 2003 from the Back Free Church in Lewis, unrehearsed and unaccompanied. An amazingly moving experience for those taking part. Twelve of the finest *precentors leading a large congregation in the singing of more than a dozen of the best loved psalms
*The format of psalm singing revolves around the precentor. He is the person that puts out the line and then waits for the response from the congregation. The practise of precenting is not exclusive to Gaelic or the Gaelic Presbyterian tradition.
|Title:||"a most astounding achievement "|
|Review:||Many years ago a commentator on folk music writing in The Scotsman said that in his opinion Gaelic Psalm-singing was the only church music in the British Isles with soul. Anyone listening to 'Salm' would be hard put to it to disagree.This is a most astounding achievement - to capture in a live, unrehearsed recording the essence of this most traditional of praise in the Scottish Celtic tradition......If there were only one reason why Gaelic should survive, then it would be the unique medium of Gaelic Psalm singing. And Calum Martin is to be congratulated on the vision and hard work that culminated in the production of this superb selection of that music.....The Stornoway Gazette|
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