Sessions and Sail 2021

Sessions and Sail 2021

The possibility of running a musical sailing trip seemed like a dim hope just a few months ago. But with a hopeful, music-starved group, and a careful regime of testing and preparation to avoid any virus…

Sailing Lady of Avenel back to Scotland

It's hard to say who had suffered more from the 18 months enforced 'lay up' - me or the sailing ship Lady of Avenel.

While I've been isolating in a Glasgow flat or a Cullivoe croft writing music, gaining…

Soren Larsen voyage #7 - Galápagos

This January has thrown up a few highlights; the incredible concerts being unveiled every day by Celtic Connections has to be among the best of them. I'm spending much of every day with a world-class concert coming through my speakers…

Lyrics with English Translation - 'Whaar Tide Meets Tide'

As promised at my Celtic on Campus concert (https://youtu.be/4qyJqXsPvXM)... here's the Shetland lyrics, and the English translation! 

Hope you enjoyed the song. 

Barry 

 

 

Whaar Tide Meets Tide  

Barry Nisbet  

 

Skrime da Noup abön Charlie’s Holm,  

Whaar da affrug casts strings…

Søren Larsen voyage #4 - towards the Panamá Canal

Dear friends! 

It's now September, and it still feels as though we’re making life up as we go along – there’s still no sailing, no gigs, and it seems to be a case of adapting day to day, finding a…

Tall Ships, Music - and Eye of the Wind.

I joined Søren Larsen with a fiddle, having had a familiar decision to make - which instrument to bring to a ship. The fiddle usually won - it's common to find a guitar already on board a ship, but much…

Søren Larsen voyage #2

The sail from England to the Canaries had been, for me, a case of holding on tight, trying to learn everything I needed to know as second mate in a short space of time, hoping it would be enough if…

Søren Larsen voyage, #1

With all my sailing now sadly cancelled for this year, I may as well, as promised, begin to tell more of the story of my first trip aboard the Søren Larsen.

On passage from the Mediterranean to the Falklands as…