Gizzen Briggs is a traditional music group based in Tain Royal Academy. The aim of the group is to encourage young people to be involved in traditional music – both instrumental and vocal, and dance. The group has played in many different venues, from the opening of the Scottish Parliament to the State Capital Building, Montana, from Eden Court Theatre to many barns at various ploughing marches!
The name Gizzen Briggs is from the sandbar at the entrance to the Dornoch Firth. This links the two areas that members of the group come from, Sutherland and Ross-shire.
According to tradition, the Gizzen Briggs is the remains of an attempt to build a land bridge from Ross-shire to Sutherland. A local legend tells that the chief of the clan Mackay was forbidden to open it, but curiosity got the better of him and the box was opened. He was immediately surrounded by hordes of fairies yelling “Obair, obair, obair” meaning “work, work, work”. The quick-witted messenger sent the fairies to weave ropes of sand, a task which is, of course, impossible to do. The fairies are still there, toiling away at their never ending task. Sometimes, with the wind in the right direction, they can be heard lamenting that they can never return to their old haunts.
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Founded in 1973, this group of talented singers and performers, regularly stage wonderful performances in Tain. Their first performance of Gilbert and Sullivan was in 1974 and they have been performing to sell out audiences every since.
There are over 40 members of the group with an additional 40 invaluable backstage crew. The group features a whole range of ages and talents.