American singer-songwriter Kyle Carey spent her early years in Alaska, grew up in New Hampshire and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York – yet to hear her speak Gaelic, you could be forgiven for thinking she was an islander.
The last rays of the day's sun stream through the window, and notes of fiddle music float through the air from the adjoining room, where the sound check is taking place. Julie Fowlis, the award-winning Gaelic singer and musician from North Uist, looks refreshed and relaxed despite a four-hour drive to Pennsylvania for the fourth stop on a US tour.
The historic, adobe-style Arizona Inn in the desert city of Tucson might seem an unexpected place for two island Gaels to meet (writes Katie MacLeod), but then again ‘unexpected’ is a word that describes the career of University of Arizona Gaelic Research Scientist, Muriel Fisher, to a tee.
For Skye-born street trials sensation Danny MacAskill, biking was in the blood from an early age. "I had a little red and black bike," he remembers. "I used to ride it up and down the garden path, and I crashed into the gate trying to do skids. It was right after stabilisers, so I was quite young." In the intervening years, Danny - who grew up in Dunvegan - has shot from stabilisers to stardom.