‘Ùrachadh’, a new CD by Jonathan Smith, was launched in Grinneabhat, North Bragar on Friday 18 June.
All proceeds from the sale of ‘Ùrachadh’ will go to support the work of Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil (Bragar and Arnol Community Trust).
‘Ùrachadh’ celebrates the original ‘Ceòl à Bradhagair’ cassette tape and later CD which was recorded in 1981 at an event organised by the teachers in the former Bragar School and recorded by Noel Eadie Sound Services.
Thanks to developments in digital technology, artist and musician Jonathan Smith has been able to add new arrangements, additional instrumentation and production to the original music and has produced ‘Ùrachadh: Voices of Bragar’, which features 11 tracks.
Jonathan, who lives in the South of England, has strong Bragar connections through his late father, the renowned artist Donald Smith.
Jonathan’s mother, Jewel, is in the family house in Bragar, and he and his wife Catherine are regular visitors. Jonathan himself is also an artist and his work can be seen at the Morvern Gallery in Barvas.
Urras Coimhearsnachd Bhràdhagair agus Àrnoil now provides a range of facilities at Grinneabhat including an àite-cèilidh café which has received excellent feedback since opening, regular exhibitions, en-suite accommodation for 12 people, community event facilities, an EV Charge Point and a launderette.
‘Ùrachadh’ can also be downloaded from iTunes or Spotify.
Photograph shows: Tina MacPhail (Grinneabhat Manager) left; Catriona Campbell, Vice Chair Bragar and Arnol Community Trust, centre; and Jonathan Smith.