Well, yes ... I think, as fieldworkers, we would ... even just for practical purposes of making sure your equipment was working and so on. Now you can test these things without playing back and so on but one would let people hear themselves and sometimes people would be quite surprised to hear what they sounded like. I think we’re all quite surprised when we hear recordings of our own voices. And, of course, given the passage of time, people now are so delighted when they can hear the voice of a grandparent or a great-grandparent or someone from their own community, whatever part of Scotland that is, who’s perhaps not alive in person any longer but who is alive in terms of their tradition, their voice.

  • Margaret Mackay
Thursday 17th June 2010