Ceòl Mòr Ostaig
Saturday 16 April 2016, CCA Glasgow
Ceól Mór Ostaig 2016
Ceól ’s Craic was delighted to host the fifth annual visit by students and staff of Sabhal Mór Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye.
The event began with a performance by Neil McDermott and Friends. The trio (all alumni of SMO’s traditional music courses ) performed a storming instrumental set featuring Scottish and Irish tunes sourced from County Cork to the Shetland Isles.
Next on stage were An Ciursa Ciul, a spectacular eleven piece band of SMO music degree students with a repertoire encompassing strathspeys, jigs, reels, haunting slow airs and traditional Gaelic song.
These gifted young performers displayed the fantastic musicianship being nurtured and developed at Sabhal Mór Ostaig.
Our headline act was introduced by MC Eilidh Macphaiden, (an SMO music degree graduate who has been a key player at past Ceól Mór Ostaig events).
Kathleen MacInnes possesses one of the truly great voices in contemporary Gaelic music. For this performance she was accompanied by Mhairi Hall and Mike Vass.
Hall is one of Scotland’s foremost pianists and arrangers. Vass is probably best known for his virtuoso fiddle playing but tonight showed his mastery of the tenor guitar.
Stand out moments from an incredible set included the eerie atmospherics of “Tha Sneachd’ air Druim Uachdair”, a beautiful version of “Jimmy Mo Mhile Stor” and the poignant Napoleonic war tale “Gur Milis Morag”.
This inspirational event served as a reminder of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s unique contribution to all aspects of modern and traditional Gaelic culture.
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