A seanchaí (pronounced [ˈʃan̪ˠəxiː] or [ʃan̪ˠəˈxiː] – plural: seanchaithe [ˈʃan̪ˠəxɪhɪ]) is a traditional Gaelic storyteller/historian. In Scottish Gaelic the word is seanchaidh (pronounced [ˈʃɛn̪ˠɛxɪ]; plural seanchaidhean). The word is often anglicised as shanachie. The word seanchaí, which was spelled seanchaidhe (plural seanchaidhthe) before the Irish-language spelling reform of 1948, means a bearer of "old lore" (seanchas). In the Gaelic culture, long lyric poems which were recited by bards (filí), in a tradition echoed by the seanchaithe.