Bay of Laig is a piece for solo violin written by Fergus Hall that was commissioned by Nevis Ensemble and the Jobson Family – Jackie, Jonny, Niamh, Finn and Betsy-Mae – who live on the Isle of Eigg. Eigg is one of the Small Isles of the Scottish Inner Hebrides along with Rùm, Canna and Muck.
The piece was written in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is about the restorative power of beaches and swimming in the sea; the sense of being grounded that one can feel when standing in or near the water. Bay of Laig is one of ten Lochan Sketches commissioned for the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020. It received its broadcast premiere on Sunday 31 August on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped programme.