Best ever

The Oban Times - - 14 Leisure -

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

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