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15/05/2019

Home on the Sea has been re-recorded in Gaelic and will shortly be released by Skipinnish

In 2016 CalMac worked with Skipinnish to write a song that summed up CalMac's relationship to the west coast of Scotland, the result was Home on the Sea.  We are delighted that the band have recorded a version in Gaelic, which will be included on their latest album Steer by the Stars, available digitally on Friday 17thMay. 

The accompanying video was done in partnership with Double Take Projections and Frame who helped us realise our vision of projecting these lyrics onto the landmarks and landscapes of the network CalMac serves. 

Angus MacPhail of Skipinnish said "Re-writing and re-recording a version of Home on the Sea in Gaelic was a natural progression for this song. Gaelic is at the heart of the Hebrides where the Calmac ferries ply and it is fitting to sing of this historic company and its vessels in the language of the areas they serve and of many of their Captains, crews and shore staff". 

The lyrics were written by Flora MacPhail not as a direct translation but as a new version of the song that fitted the idioms of the language. Flora is the mother of Skipinnish co-founder, Angus MacPhail who co-wrote the original song with Robert Robertson.

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