THIS year’s Ceolas summer school festival is dubbed the ‘best ever’ as it attracts international artists. The music and dance event held annually in Daliburgh, South Uist, saw 111 people take part in 17 classes of song, piping, fiddle, dance and Gaelic during the six-day schedule.
The event attracted international participants from Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and Singapore, which complimented the predominantly Scottish festival. From July 5 until July 10, a host of adults and youths took part in piping, and fiddle tuition sessions, while teachers could take part in a course to improve their Gaelic.
The summer school’s opening event, Welcome Ceilidh, hosted by the community was packed and, in what some people called the ‘best Ceolas ever’, a house ceilidh was also a success yet again.
Pipers who played to audiences in Daliburgh were said to be ‘nervous’ because of the local language skills and the community’s passion for Gaelic medium, but put on an outstanding performance.
The musical parade from Garryhellie to Clach an t-Sagart was led by Jessie Steele on Thursday, and the fiddle and dance night at St Peter’s hall gave musicians and dancers their opportunity to shine, and provided a platform for local dancers to strut their stuff too.
Local singing group, Guthan an Iar, put on a powerful performance at both the festival’s welcome ceilidh and the singers’ night.
Iain MacDonald, the artistic director, hopes that Ceolas 2016 will live up to the legacy this year’s sell-out has left behind.
The teachers’ Gaelic class