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Wireless Westray is a community podcast for the island of Westray, Orkney. Our podcast is another way for our community to keep up to date with the latest island news and community stories and help us all stay connected during the lockdown.
12 Episodes
In this episode we have a bumper news segment from Ailsa with lots of Westray Development Trust news. After that Gina is joined by Hume Sweet Hume's Lizza Bain to talk about the Westray business, how it all started, their 2020 experience, and future plans for the knitwear-based business. To finish we have chapter 8 of The Storm Witch followed by the return of our blooper reel!
In episode 10 of Wireless Westray we're once again discussing dialect, a favourite topic of ours, but this time we're pleased to be joined by guest speaker Karen Penn to discuss her dialect story 'Geordie o'Pizzlewusp'. To finish up we have the latest chapter (7) of the Storm Witch read by Mike Cooper.
Ep 9 - Bisgeos Run

Ep 9 - Bisgeos Run


This week following community news with Ailsa, Steven is joined by two of the Westray Bisgeos Run organisers - Donna Rendall and Alena Tulloch. Sadly the Bisgeos Run was cancelled this year due to COVID-19 but will be rescheduled for August 2022. To finish we have Chapter 6 of the Storm Witch read by Mike Cooper.
This week as well as community news we have some musical heritage content for you from the 1960s-80s with guest speakers Kathleen Drever and Isabell Harcus joining us for a yarn about the Chippy Band and The Rays. We also have two untitled medleys by the Chippy Band and 'I'll meet you in the morning' by The Rays. Thanks to John Banks for his work digitising the groups old cassette recordings. To finish up we have the chapter 5 of the Storm Witch, once again read by Mike Cooper.
This week after community news we're joined by guest speakers Matthew, Michael, Teenie and Hannah Harcus, musicians and owners of Westray music venue the Graand Owld Byre. They're joining us to speak about the Byre, how they got into music and the story behind the island favourite, the Westray Love Song. Then to finish we have Chapter 4 of the Storm Witch read by Mike Cooper. Wireless Westray new episodes are published on a Friday fortnightly. The Westray Love Song is featured with permission from Michael Harcus.
In this week's episode, community news with Ailsa is followed by a Westray Vs Newcastle dialect competition! Can resident Geordies Isobel Thompson and Robbie Fergus guess the meaning of these Orcadian phrases? Can Westray cousins Gina Rendall and Steven Drever guess the meaning of some Geordie ones? Listen and find out! We also have the latest instalment of the Storm Witch with chapter 3 read by Mike Cooper.
Ep 5 - Westray Regatta

Ep 5 - Westray Regatta


Steven, Gina and Isobel are joined by guest speaker Sam Harcus in episode 5. We've also got community news, music from John P & the Westray Band as well as the voice of Mike Cooper bringing you chapter 2 of the Storm Witch.
Ep 4 - Folktales

Ep 4 - Folktales


In this week's episode Ailsa, Isobel and Steven are joined by guest speakers Tom Muir, Jennifer McKnight and Mike Cooper. We have the latest community news, a discussion of the importance of Westray and Orcadian folktales, readings by Tom and finally a reading of the first chapter of 'The Storm Witch' read by the author Mike Cooper. As always listen to the end for our blooper reel!
Welcome to part 2 of Gina, Ailsa, Steven and Isobel having a blether about the North Isle Sports. Joining us this week as our guest speakers are 3 generations of North Isle Sports competitors, Lorna Kemp, Maureen Rendall and James (Jeemo) Rendall. Tune in to hear the chat and the latest island news, don't forget to hang on for the bloopers at the end.Wireless Westray is the community podcast for the island of Westray, Orkney.
Wireless Westray Episode 2 brings you the latest Westray community news and a discussion of the North Isle Sports. Although sadly the annual competition was cancelled this year we hope you'll enjoy reminiscing with us on past events and why we love the Sports so much. Our speakers this week include; Steven Drever, Ailsa Seatter, Isobel Thompson, Gina Rendall, Caroline Kent and Gavin Seatter.
Ep 1 - Introductions

Ep 1 - Introductions


A quick island community news update and introduction to the podcast and our hosts. We'll be back in two weeks time with episode 2 focusing on the North Isle Sports.
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