Lewis Psalm Singers
The Lewis Psalm Singers have made a significant contribution to the work of Colmcille and to cross-community understanding in Northern Ireland.
Psalm singing is at the heart of worship in the Presbyterian Gaelic tradition in Scotland. Bringing with them a unique sound and singing tradition the Lewis Psalm Singers from the Free Church congregations on the island of Lewis, gave Irish audiences a unique insight into Gaelic culture .
Colmcille had originally invited the Gaelic psalm singers to Belfast in 2005 where they sang to 450 people in the Ulster Museum during the Leabhar Mòr Exhibition. They have since sung to capacity audiences in Iona Abbey, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and St Columb’s Cathedral Derry, and in many other venues, including Áras Éanna in Inis Oírr in the Aran islands.
A tour in November 2009, included a cross community venue in North Belfast and also the Tullycarnet Library in loyalist East Belfast where the Rev Ian Paisley was in the audience.