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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2010
Eilean Uibhist mo rùin - sung by Kate MacLean. A video for my mother who is mistakenly assured that I should consider myself to be from Uist. It features a Uist song and Uist scenery on the road to Lochmaddy; a journey I more fondly consider in the opposite direction, straining from the bow of the ship for the first sight of whoever was on Lochmaddy pier to greet me as I came home. I doubt I'm alone in that sentiment, or in recalling these welcoming embraces, while being all too aware there were others around me saying goodbye and wondering 'when' or 'if'. Whichever vessel it is that links us to the mainland, it seems to be its duty to stand witness to those greetings and fond farewells. To be, in equal measure, a blessing and a curse.