Soundwalk across Ness Machair. Machair Walks. Touring Exhibition of the Sound Exhibition.

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    Machair area of Habost in Ness, Harris and Lewis, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK

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    Wagstaff, Gregg

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    MacDonald, Iain Gordon (male), Ryan, Chris (male)

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    Sound description: Soundwalk guided by Iain Gordon MacDonald and Chris Ryan over the machair area of Habost, Ness. The two walks were made on separate days and mixed together with additional soundscape recordings. First segment: Iain Gordon MacDonald tells of Ness's social history and folklore, including stories about the Fairy or Maiden's Stone, known in Gaelic as Clach na Gruigaich; the Blood Stone/Clach na Fala; the local sheep fank; the eye of Butt Ness/Toll a' Roigh - the natural stone arch. Second segment: Chris Ryan describes various flower and bird species on the Machair and coastal margins; Europaidh beach; the Butt of Lewis lighthouse. Tracks by track description: Place and landscape. Cockerel and mink. Sheep shearing. Fog horn and past sounds. Crossing cattle grid onto the machair. Common grazing. Cemetery. Fairy or Maiden's Stone/Clach na Gruagaich. Creation of Machair. Blood Stone/Clach na Fala. Natural arch. Sheep fank. On to Eoropaidh beach. "When we were children ..." High tide mark. Smell of the sea. "Sea dominates the soundscape". "The eternal sound of the sea". Surfers. North end of Eoropaidh sands. “Lazy beds”/ Feannagan. The Butt of Lewis.

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