Ceòl Mòr Ostaig
26 April 2014
Ceól ’s Craic was delighted to host the annual visit by students and staff from Sabhal Mór Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye. Staff and students presented a full programme of daytime events showcasing their visual and dramatic arts courses.
The evening’s entertainment began with a performance of “An Sgeir”, an original play of teenage angst and romance written and performed by the faculty’s drama students.
Next on stage were a multi talented six piece band whose repertoire encompassed strathspeys, jigs and reels, haunting slow airs and traditional Gaelic song. These gifted performers displayed the fantastic musicianship and stagecraft being nurtured and developed at the SMO.
Our headline act was introduced by the college’s dramatic artist in residence Artair Donald.
Kathleen MacInnes possesses one of the truly great voices in contemporary Gaelic music and for this performance she was accompanied by long term collaborator Ross Martin, guitarist with Isle of Skye band Daimh.
The duo’s easy onstage chemistry and relaxed delivery gave their set real warmth and intimacy. Ross Martin’s tasteful, economical guitar arrangements complemented Kathleen’s smoky vocal delivery perfectly.
Stand out tracks included “Tha Sneachd’ air Druim Uachdair” where Ross conjured eerie droning effects from his guitar, “Thugainn a Bhlàrag”, (a surprisingly beautiful song as it is the story of a stranded and recalcitrant Benbecula cow) and the poignant lullaby “Gur Milis Morag”.
This inspirational event served as a reminder of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s unique and pivotal contribution to all aspects of modern and traditional Gaelic culture.