South America #5 - Bolivia

We crossed into Bolivia, following the shore of Lake Titicaca by bus. Reed-yellow landscapes, angular vilages and scrubby hilltops interspersed views of the blue lake.

At Tiquina, the bus pulled up next to the lakeside and we were ushered out…

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South America #4 - South Perú and the Uros Islands

18 days after we left Perú, on 7th December, President Pedro Castillo moved to dissolve Congress in his country, a Congress which was about to take a vote on his removal due to corruption charges. Almost immediately, Congress did vote…

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South America #3 - Mountains and into the Inca Heartland!

Mountain roads carried us through valleys, across streams, then traversed mountainsides; our bus followed the six-metre strip of rubble that separated the sheer cliff face that climbed to the heavens on one side from the plunging drop into oblivion on…

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South America #2 - Journeying through Perú

Wow, Perú!

I’m blown away by the welcome we’ve found in this country; and especially that here in the town of Huaraz, in the neighbourhood just east of Avenida Confraternidad Internacional.

We’ve been staying in this barrio for just four…

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South America #1 - At altitude in Ecuador!

It took over a week to realise that altitude sickness was affecting my state of mind as well as my body.

A sea-level creature by nature, I may occasionally climb to 30 or 40 metres to rig a topgallant…

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New album announcement!

New Album - 'The Springbank Voyage' - coming in Summer 2022


I'm very excited to announce that I've got a new album underway - and it was a great boost just before Christmas to learn that I'd got funding from…

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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…

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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…

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Lyrics with English Translation - 'Whaar Tide Meets Tide'

As promised at my Celtic on Campus concert ( here's the Shetland lyrics, and the English translation! 

Hope you enjoyed the song. 




Whaar Tide Meets Tide  

Barry Nisbet  


Skrime da Noup abön Charlie’s Holm,  

Whaar da affrug casts strings…

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