Tara Rankin and Àdhamh

GreatScot! Travels, Tunes and Tales – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 9

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Well, hello again! You may have noticed but I took a day off. Kind of used Thursday as a bit of a rest day before gearing up for the last 10 days of the trip. I just drove up to Pitlochry for lunch with my friend Susan. She had just come off a long tour and was getting ready to head out again, but there was no way I was going to miss some time to chat and catch up, even if she is much in demand as a blue-badge tour guide for Eyes on Scotland and Outlander Tours!

After that, it was back to Glasgow for dinner with Maggie (and there might have been a glass or two of wine involved). Then it was just one more sleep until Ginger and Summer arrive and the mad rush of Outlander touring begins.

Friday morning, I packed up my stuff in preparation for our relocation north, and then it was FINALLY time to head to the airport. It was then that I discovered that a flight from Dublin is not considered an international flight. (I wonder how the Irish feel about that!) I quickly relocated from international arrivals to the Starbucks across from domestic arrivals. Seeing that no green tea was available, I bought some water and settled in to wait.

Once they arrived, we hopped in the car to head back into Glasgow for the night. However, it is bank holiday weekend in the UK and I have to say that the traffic on holiday weekend Friday in Glasgow has much in common with Atlanta. Eventually, thought, we passed the stalled car and things cleared up. At the hotel, the girls took a quick shower (OK. Summer insists hers was sexier than that, not that G and I were watching) and then it was time for dinner.

Based on my experience last time in Glasgow, I had booked us a table at Mother India in the West End. As last time, the food was fantastic. We started with vegetable pakora and then Ginger had a paneer dish, Summer had Chicken Tikka and I had lamb with leeks. (Yes, Mom. The lambs are still cute, but someone told me they are as large as their mothers by the time they are food.)

Dinner complete, we headed just down the street to our final event for the day. And when I say final, I mean I knew we would be there until tomorrow. An Gealbhan never ends early. As we approached the Argyll hotel, a familiar figure came into view. Many hugs and greetings with exchanged with Àdhamh Ó Broin, our host for the evening. He explained that things might be a bit more chaotic than usual as the Sutherlands Bar was without a bartender for the evening! Shock…horror….a Gaelic evening without whisky would be a tragedy. Luckily, Àdhamh is multi-talented and was able to man the bar until help arrived.

As a special treat, Àdhamh had arranged for a couple of special guests for the evening. So after kicking off with a song of his own, he introduced the lovely and talented Tara Rankin who favored us with some Gaelic songs a capella, as well as some Cape Breton tunes played on the piano. I’ve been friends with Tara (and the rest of her family) for many years and I took the opportunity to deliver a hug from her Mom as requested. Later in the evening, we were also treated to a talk on Scottish weaponry by a friend of Àdhamh’s, Allan Sutherland. I have some longer videos that I will edit and post when I get back home.

We rounded out the night with some fabulous Gaelic stories. And no…I don’t think any of the Cape Breton ones had a happy ending. I think Tara was amused by how my face lit up every time I recognized a Gaelic word. It was twice as amusing to hear Tara and Àdhamh translate for each other. I’m pretty sure she picked up some new words.

Eventually though, it was time to call the night to an end. Our new friend Asifa gave us a lift back to the hotel so that we didn’t have to find a taxi in the West End after midnight and it was greatly appreciated. Back at the hotel, we all collapsed into bed to refresh ourselves for the next day’s adventure.

Slàn leat an-dràsta!

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Outlander Episode 114 – The Search – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher…um NOT

Well, my friends. This post will be rather short and sweet as there was no Gaelic! I think Àdhamh himself puts it best:

 

 

As a treat though, I am including this wee video with Àdhamh teaching a bit of Gaelic for TV Guide. So let’s all practice our Gaelic and hope we can even hear more next week while we are cringing through Wentworth.

Slàn-leat an drasta!

 

 

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Outlander Episode 112 – Lallybroch – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Well, wasn’t that episode something? From a story standpoint, it was quite the adaptation and I can’t wait to hear all the opinions (of which I am sure there will be many and varied). From a Gaelic standpoint though, episode 112 was a gold mine and we had the most Gaelic since episode 105 – Rent. Hopefully many of you are starting to recognize several of these words and phrases, as we have encountered them in previous episodes! Consider this a test and see how well you do.

I think I caught most, if not absolutely all, of the Gaelic and I only had to consult the oracle in two places. I call that success!

Also, I want to point out yet again how much outstanding work has gone into this accurate portrayal of Gaelic in Outlander by Àdhamh, Sam, Laura and the rest of the cast! I’m not sure there has every been anything like it attempted, certainly not by an American production.

Arrival at Lallybroch

4:15 Jamie on seeing Lallybroch

Tha an sin! – There it is!

6:58 Jenny to young Jamie

Mo chridhe – My heart

7:10 Jenny to Jamie

A ghràidh – love (as an address/endearment)

Welcoming the Laird home

10:06 Ian to Claire

Slàinte – Cheers

19:31 Jamie carrying the chest up the stairs

Taing a Dhia! – Thank God!

20:28 Jamie pulling out sword

Seo (under his breath) – here

Quarter Day

31:16 Jamie receiving bottle

Ah, glè mhath. – Ah, very well.

Taing dhut. – Thank you.

32:24 Jamie collecting rents

Tha thu ag iarraidh deoch? – You want a drink?

Tha – Yes

 Gabh deoch – Take a drink

32:32 Ian receiving rent

Taing < > – Thanks (couldn’t make out the second part)

33:18 Background when Jamie gives the rent back

Glè mhath

33:24 Jamie to tenant

Ciamar a tha thu, a Chaluim? – How are you, Calum?

Calum

Gasta! – Great!

Jamie

Glè mhath. – Very well.

35:19 Tenant to Jamie

A mhaighstir – Master.

Drunk Jamie

36:46 Jamie to Claire

‘S math sin – that’s good

 Tha u ‘n seo. – You’re here.

At the Mill

41:05 Jamie exclamation

Thighearna Dhia – Lord God

41:39 Jamie going in the water

Thalla ‘s cac! – Away and sh*t (Fairly sure about this one. Naughty Jamie. Now confirmed by Àdhamh)

Jamie says something after resurfacing from the mill-pond, but I can’t tell if it’s Gaelic or not.

Th’anail dith beo a-nist-  I need breath to live now (Mòran taing to @ColoGaelic for this one)

OK. Have heard from Àdhamh on this one. Although he doesn’t remember exactly what the dialogue is, he’s pretty sure it’s not the above and might be this (now confirmed):

an ainm an fhaigh – in the name of the prophet

Back at Lallybroch

48:00 Jamie pulled out of bed

Dhia – God

51:36 Jamie comforting Jenny

gràidh – love

 

Please note that there is every chance that the grammar in the above is not completely accurate. Keep in mind I am still very much a newbie with the Gaelic. ;-)

P.S. Someone pointed out the Gaelic on Brian Fraser’s tombstone. I’ll work on that and get an update out when I have it confirmed.

P.P.S Thanks to Dàibhidh for kindly helping with some of my grammatical mistakes.

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Outlander Episode 111 – The Devil’s Mark – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Well, I think this just may be my favorite episode so far, and I promise I don’t say that lightly. The witch trial sequence and Claire’s decision at the stones is one of my very favorite parts of the book and I was so thrilled to see the adaptation live up to it. :-)

As for the Gaelic, again there wasn’t a whole lot of it this week. I’m really hoping that we will get more once the scene shifts to Lallybroch next week. I also apologize for taking a bit longer than normal to get this week’s blog post out but I had to consult with the master to get an accurate translation of the one Gaelic phrase in the episode that everyone wanted to know. ;-)

Jamie comforting Claire after her confession

46:23 Jamie as he holds Claire

Nach gabh u do shocair, a ghràidh – Won’t you take it easy, dear.

47:18 Jamie calls Claire “dear” again

a ghràidh – dear

 Jamie and Claire by the campfire

49:47 Jamie uses his favorite Gaelic endearment

mo nighean donn – My brown-haired lass

Everyone loves their name on a marquee, right?

Àdhamh’s American Adventures: Seattle and Sacramento

For those who may not have heard, Outlander’s own Gaelic expert has arrived on our American shores. And judging from the pictures coming out of his first two stops in Seattle and Sacramento, much fun is being had by all involved.

First up: Seattle

While in Seattle, Àdhamh had the opportunity for a wee tour about the city’s famous sites before settling into the main event. Thanks to Wendy Nay and Kay’ee Pipkin for the great photos!

Next up was the handoff to NorCal and Àdhamh had his very own welcoming party at the airport!

The man himself has safely arrived. Ready for tomorrow's event! #Gaelic #Scotland

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Making his way through the airport, guitar in hand. #Outlander #Gaelic

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Next up was a visit to Good Day Sacramento for a bit of a chat with the hosts and maybe teach them a wee bit of the Gaelic.

Made it to the studio. A wee pic before being miked. #GoodDay #Sacramento #Gaelic #Outlander

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Àdhamh and Cody discussing tonight's event #Sacramento #Good Day

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And then the host tried to teach Àdhamh some southern slang. Guess he didn’t know how in love with Southern culture Àdhamh already is!

Àdhamh discussing US Southern phrases from #GoodDay #Sacramento host, Cody Stark #Outlander #OutlanderSeries #Gaelic

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Be sure to watch the full video of the segment here:

Good Day Sacramento Part 1

Good Day Sacramento Part 2

Can’t wait to see what adventures Àdhamh gets up to next! After Sacramento, Àdhamh will be visiting Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs.  For those interested in attending an event in those cities, you can find information here:

Àdhamh Tour Info

For those not able to make it to these tour stops, don’t lose heart! Àdhamh has plans to visit other areas in the USA in the future!

P.S. That second segment of the Good Day Sacramento piece reminds me that I haven’t done the blog post on Southern colloquialisms I promised. I will get that done soon!