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James MacDonald Reid

James MacDonald Reid is rooted in Highland Gaelic storytelling traditions.  He tells stories from direct living sources, tales from the epic cycles and legends of specific localities in Skye, Uist, Atholl, Argyll and Lochalsh.  Adept on both the Lowland  and the Highland pipes, James mixes his storytelling with music, song and traditional Highland folk dance.

Jamie's storytelling style is modelled on that of the older Gaels, whom he heard when he was young, particularly his piping teachers.  This means rich language with a steady delivery and a minimum of dramatisation or character's voices.  Where there is a rhythmic or sung section, the original Gaelic and English is always rendered.  His approach is suitable for older children, community venues and festivals.

Jamie was born in a Gaelic-speaking family.  He has lived in Scotland, Canada, the United States of America and Yugoslavia, and he is now based in Edinburgh, though he spends much of his time in Argyll where he has a family home near Inveraray.

James MacDonald Reid is an experienced performer, whose development as a storyteller has followed his achievement as a musician and dancer.  He has featured in the Scottish Storytelling Festival and many other events, distinguished by his authentic natural homespun Highland dress.

(From Scotsman Reviews, Colin Donald, August 1994) 'Complainers about the lack of Scottish cultural content during these weeks are duty bound to acknowledge the contribution of Leaping Salmon in raising the profile of indigenous arts on the Fringe.

This company's platform for storytelling sessions, by James MacDonald Reid, is a reminder that the Scottish, specifically Gaelic, cultural inheritance is a fragment in the huge mosaic of universal myth. Reid is a hugely accomplished teller of tales; quietly humorous and learnedly respectful of his craft. This is a rare opportunity to plug into ancient currents and it should be grabbed at by anyone who sees the arts as more than just a series of transient events.'

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Telephone: 0131 221 0712

Mobile: 07852 450 250



63 Bread Street

Area: Edinburgh

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