On Wednesday 12th December 2018, while Tide Lines were in Stornoway to perform in the town hall, Robert Robertson took the opportunity to visit e-Sgoil to engage with pupils from throughout the islands. In total 16 schools participated in the two sessions, one aimed at primary schools and one for secondaries.
Robert started with a short talk about himself, his life and career, before the pupils got the opportunity to ask him questions. They certainly weren’t shy! They asked how many musical instruments he played and which one he preferred; when he started learning Gaelic and why Gaelic music was important to him; what his favourite song was; who his favourite singer; and where his favourite place to perform is. The pupils were obviously highly engaged and, had the sessions not been brought to an end, would have kept Robert engaged for days. It was especially encouraging to see the number of pupils who chose to ask their questions in Gaelic. To finish off the primary school session there was a joint rendition of the chorus of ‘Walking on the waves’.
We are incredibly grateful to Robert for spending time with our young people and there can be no doubt that, if any of them weren’t Tide Lines fans before they definitely are now. Given all the questions, conversation and singing during the sessions, it is little wonder that Robert was losing his voice by the end of the night!