Radio Show Leads The Way For Gaelic Comeback
The name Seamus Blake says it all. Blake is the son of immigrants from Ireland and an “evangelist” of the Gaelic language. He has a weekly broadcast on WFUV-FM in New York that plays everything from Afro-Celtic funk to lessons on how to speak the language.
This article outlines the state of the Gaelic language from its UNESCO-appointed status as “definitely endangered” to it’s survival on Facebook. Blake’s passion for the language is a small part of a greater movement to keep Gaelic alive.
In the last two years, Blake's Saturday morning show has featured music ranging from Afro-Celtic funk to reggae, as well as storytelling and interviews _ all in the language that generations of Irish immigrants like his parents had once considered moribund.
"It has never been a dead language," Blake said, adding that one of the main goals of his show is to demonstrate how Irish Gaelic is used today. There are also on-air language lessons.
These days, the language appears to be on a rebound.