FÈIS THIRIODH

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

DE­SCRIBED as be­ing ‘a good vibe for Tiree’, Fèis Tiree - the chil­dren’s tra­di­tional mu­sic pro­gramme has risen to new heights of suc­cess.

This re­mark, made by one of the tu­tors, summed up a spe­cial year for Fèis Thiriodh. With a 25th an­niver­sary to celebrate, a surge in num­bers, an epic ‘Muse Cruise’ to Barra and an ex­cep­tional group of young tu­tors, the is­land’s Gaelic mu­sic fes­ti­val was pro­nounced the best yet by a de­lighted but ex­hausted com­mit­tee af­ter the fi­nal dance with Trail West reached its tri­umphant con­clu­sion.

The week started with a con­cert that raided its back cat­a­logue reach­ing back a quar­ter of a cen­tury and un­der­lined Tiree’s po­si­tion as Scot­land’s num­ber one ‘is­land of mu­sic’.

Top mu­si­cians An­gus MacPhail from Skip­in­nish, Daniel and Martin Gillespie of Sk­er­ryvore, with Camp­bell Brown from Gunna Sound had come back to their roots to celebrate the work of the Fèis.

Join­ing this year’s tu­tors and past tu­tors in­clud­ing Do mouth or­gan and si Ex­ec­u­tive of Fèisea Arthur Cor­mack, o MacPhail told a cap suc­cess as a mu­si­cia down to get­ting the ties.

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they were met by the pipers and High­land dancers of Fèis Bhar­raigh fol­lowed by a group strip-the-wil­low that in­cluded sev­eral dancers who had just emerged drip­ping from the wa­ters of Bàgh a’ Chais­teil still in their wet­suits and life­jack­ets.

Over the 25 years there have been low points for the Fèis as first the Tiree hall closed for re-build­ing, and then the school was un­avail­able for a num­ber of years due to re­pair work.

But, with Eilidh Camp­bell and Sheila MacKin­non at the helm, num­bers at the Fèis classes this year were again up sig­nif­i­cantly to over 120, in­clud­ing 30 at the un­der-5s Fèis Bheag Bheag.

Long-serv­ing Fèis Thiriodh com­mit­tee mem­ber, Dr John Hol­l­i­day, said: ‘It was a week that will live long in the mem­ory, with out­stand­ing num­bers and a real buzz.

‘It was heart-warm­ing to see how many young, tal­ented tu­tors we had, most of them flu­ent Gaelic speak­ers and many of whom were is­lan­ders from the ranks of the Fèis it­self.’

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