What’s it like to live a creative life in the Outer Hebrides? In this new podcast, part of An Lanntair’s Artist Support programme, we talk to Lewis-based musicians, visual artists, film-makers and more about the benefits, and challenges, of living and working far away from Scotland’s central belt. The podcast is hosted by An Lanntair’s artist support co-ordinator Andrew Eaton-Lewis and supported by the Foyle Foundation.

EPISODE ONE: Keith Morrison (Wee Studio)

Keith Morrison, Wee Studio founder and label boss to Peat & Diesel, the Laurettes and more, explains what the Isle of Lewis means to him, what it takes to make a living from music, and why Hebrideans are like the aliens from Avatar.

EPISODE TWO: Mairi Gillies

Gaelic visual artist Mairi Gillies explains the importance of language and landscape to her work, and how walking barefoot through mountains and moors can change the way you look at the world.


Peter Urpeth is a musician and writer who grew up in the south England and has lived on the Isle of Lewis for over 25 years. In a wide-ranging conversation, he touches on love, grief, creativity, childhood, and the ‘deep subterranean forces’ that might have brought him to the Hebrides.


Mhairi Law is a photographer and founder of Island Darkroom, which runs residencies and exhibitions from the village of Achmore. She talks about her journey to the Hebrides, from a farmhouse in the Scottish Borders via the Faroe Islands and Chile, and how the people, landscape and traditions of Lewis have shaped her life and work.


Twenty years after he returned home to the Isle of Lewis from Glasgow, singer-songwriter Willie Campbell – known for his work with Astrid, the Reindeer Section, the Tumbling Souls and more – discusses the benefits and the challenges of Hebridean island life, and what his teenage self would make of him now.


Two of Scotland’s leading visual artists, Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion have been working together for over 30 years, creating projects as far afield as Venice, Rome, New York, Tokyo and Saudi Arabia. Now living in Uig on the Isle of Lewis, they discuss how Hebridean life has impacted on the way they make art.