Fàilte a’chairdean choir dh’an a larach-linn agam agus aig Grian Cultur agus Cànan. Welcome dear friends to my website and the website of GCL Consulting.
I am available for second language teaching and consulting services (content and methodology) in general (for any language) as well as specifically for French, Spanish, and Scottish Gaelic. Feel free to have a look at my biography for more information.
Of course, I am also available for singing engagements in Gaelic - weddings, funerals, or special occasions of any kind.
Tha mi uabhasach toilichte gun d’thàinig sibh a-seo air an larach-linn agam. Ma bhitheas seo cordadh ruibh, leigibh fios thugam agus thigibh air ais gu tric! Tapadh leibh uile!
I am awfully happy that you have come to my website. If you enjoy it, let me know and come back often to keep in touch! Thank you everyone!
GCL Consulting was started in 2003, under the name “Grian Culture and Language” (still the official name of the business), initially to provide Gaelic language and song courses in the community to adults who were interested. Since that time, it has also provided French and Spanish courses. Now, also using the acronym GCL Consulting, it offers consulting services in second language methodology, teaching, and content for any language but with specific focus on French, Spanish, and Scottish Gaelic. Incidentally, the name "Mcbuttons" came from a brief foray into merchandising several years ago that no longer exists.
The proprietor, Andrew McFayden, has extensive experience in second language methodology. Having been a practicing secondary school teacher since 1995, and teaching in second language programs since that time, Andrew has had a lot of experience in various types teaching styles in various languages and in various textbook programs each with varying approaches.
Andrew started to record albums in 2003 when several of his friends suggested it. To that point, very few people had heard him sing in public in English, let alone Scottish Gaelic.
He decided to concentrate mostly on Scottish Gaelic and its immense wealth of traditional songs. He has devoted himself to learning the language and the traditional songs since 1996.
Click on the tab to look at the song listing for each album.
If you would like to see the lyrics for the album, click on the "lyrics" button. You will then download a .pdf file containing all of the lyrics for that album. This is instead of a full liner notes package which is not included in the cd itself.
Important: You download the .pdf file at your own risk.
The albums are almost exclusively available on iTunes now. Physical cds are no longer available for album #4. The rest are available through Andrew directly.
There are no plans to record any new material for the foreseeable future.
All of Andrew's songs qualify as Canadian Content under the MAPL standards.