Balaich na h-Airde

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Balaich na h-Airde


An insight into the success of Donald, Norman, John and Coinneach Smith, the four brothers from the village of Aird Dell on Lewis who have all enjoyed success in the entertainment industry. Donald, better known as Domhnall Ruadh, was a leading player of the Gaelic theatre movement in the 1970s and 1980s, Norman won the Mod Gold Medal for traditional singing in 2003, and John directs BBC coverage of cultural events, from Hogmanay through to the Chelsea Flower Show. Youngest brother Coinneach was presenter of Radio nan Gaidheal's music show Caithris na h-Oidhche, but was killed in a road accident in 1985, and here, his siblings discuss the impact his death had on their lives.