Cairn Valley Song Cycle

The Creative Place Award provided funding to support several projects in Moniaive, includingKate Howard's dream of a Cairn Valley Song Cycle. This venture commissioned new material to illustrate what our landscape means to the community, what community means to us and how    changes in a rural community affect us. The chosen composers also had to reflect on         migrations of communities through time, especially the present Syrian Refugee crisis, 
as well as remembering the 18th and 19th centuries when people were cleared from large 
swathes of Scotland.

Watch the video and hear Kate tell you all about it 
Find out more about the composers and the songs, even listen to a few 

Words and Music: Lucy Harper    learn more….

Honey and Salt 

Words :  Norman McCaig Music: Kate Thomas learn more….

  Red Rock of Home 

Words and Music: Helen Chadwick learn more…..

What I Love 

Words: Alice Oswald Music: Hugh Nankivell learn more….

Lament for William Smith

Music: Stuart McPherson learn more….

  Hill and Sky

Words: Roddy McFairley and Neil Thompson Music: Melanie Thorne learn more…..


Words and Music: Penny Stone learn more….


Words:  Kimaya Diggs  Music: Megan Henderson learn more….

  Tottie and Mr Plantagenet

Words and Music: Ali Burns (inspired by Rumer Godden) learn more…..

Ae Spark O’ Nature’s Fire

Music: Wendy Stewart learn more….

May the Road

Words:  Carmina Gaedelica, Trad, Wendy Stewart Gaelic Translation: Angus Mcmillan

Music: Wendy Stewart learn more… 

  Cairn Chorus

Words: Peter Roberts inspired by Derek Mahon Music: Kate Howard learn more…..

Yal Asmar  Ellon

traditional Syrian song arr. by Edward Torikian learn more….