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Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4

The Sandman 06 Jan 19 - 04:46 PM
Joe Offer 06 Jan 19 - 09:22 PM
The Sandman 07 Jan 19 - 03:52 AM
G-Force 07 Jan 19 - 05:12 AM
FreddyHeadey 07 Jan 19 - 05:13 AM
FreddyHeadey 07 Jan 19 - 05:39 AM
Rain Dog 07 Jan 19 - 09:36 AM
GUEST,henryp 08 Jan 19 - 11:14 AM
Tattie Bogle 08 Jan 19 - 11:45 AM
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Subject: Remembering Iolaire
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 04:46 PM

this programme features folk music, available listen again radio 4, this is imo a really good use of folk music to illustrate a tragic first world war incident, carryoing on the songwriting tradtions of people like guthrie and macColl


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jan 19 - 09:22 PM

Radio 4 has a number of programmes about the Iolaire:

His Majesty's Yacht Iolaire was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War back to the Scottish island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. She left the port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland late on the evening of 31 December 1918. At 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, as the ship approached the port of Stornoway, a few yards offshore and a mile away from the safety of Stornoway Harbour, she hit the infamous rocks "The Beasts of Holm" and sank.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: The Sandman
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 03:52 AM

This was the one i was referring to
An Iolaire - Bidh sinn a’ cuimhneachadh (Remembering the Iolaire)

…Air Oidhche na Bliadhna Ùire, 1918, bha an HMY Iolaire air an t-slighe…, agus chaill 205 duine air bòrd am beatha. ’S è an Iolaire fhathast an tubaist… sin. On New Year's Eve 1918, HMY Iolaire was taking sailor


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: G-Force
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 05:12 AM

I was expecting BBC or one of the other TV channels to do a documentary about this, but it seems not. I guess this will remain one of the great forgotten tragedies, but then it's only a remote Scottish island isn't it?


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 05:13 AM

probably this, broadcast 1st Jan 2019
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001tyz
most of the music seems to be in the final ten minutes.


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 05:39 AM

or, from googling the text above,the TV
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001v5y
[idk if there is any music]


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: Rain Dog
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 09:36 AM

The National Library of Scotland has quite a bit about the Iolaire

NLS Iolaire

If you click on the Responses, there are 3 songs from the 70s available to listen to, plus a link to the Tobar an Dualchais site which has a number of other songs related to the disaster.

Tobar an Dualchais Iolaire


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 11:14 AM

In sight of home

Available for 23 days

On 1 January 1919, having survived the First World War, in excess of 250 naval men were returning home to celebrate their first New Year of peace. But in the blackest of nights, in a rising gale, HMY Iolaire sank within yards of the Lewis coast.

On the eve of the 100th anniversary, the people of Lewis tell their story to the rest of the nation through the words and testimonies of the islanders.

Lewis musician Iain Morrison, who discovers that his own great-grandmother had to write to the authorities for financial assistance, details how his contemporary work of music called 'Sàl' - 'Salt Water' helped him find hope.

Sal/Salt Water

Available for 29 days

Scottish musician and composer Iain Morrison is from the Isle of Lewis. He has collaborated with artists Dalziel and Scullion on a performance to commemorate the centenary of the Iolaire disaster.

This performance of original music, called 'Sàl' - 'Salt Water' - is part of a season of artistic works commissioned by the Lewis Arts Centre in An Lanntair, Stornoway, to commemorate and remember those that were lost.


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Subject: RE: Remembering Iolaire - Radio 4
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 11:45 AM

So there are at least 4 programmes to either listen to or watch, if you are in an area that can receive them. As discussed in other threads BBCiPlayer is generally (officially) only available in teh UK, but people in other parts of the world have found ways around that.
We saw the BBC2 TV programme on 1st January (hentyp's first link above), which was very moving.


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