Ceòl Mòr Ostaig
11 April 2015
Ceòl ‘s Craic was delighted to host the annual visit from students and staff of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye.
The event began with a fascinating literary event to launch the latest work by Gaelic poet Myles Campbell: one time sailor, prison officer, teacher, writer and resident poet at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. His latest book “Tro Chloich Na Sùla”(Through the Pupil of the Eye) features a collection of poems inspired by the paintings of da Vinci, Gauguin, Blake and Chagall. In his presentation Myles read extracts from the book and discussed it’s creative process.
The second part of the evening’s entertainment was introduced by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s head of music Decker Forest. An Cùrsa Ciùil, are a spectacular thirteen piece band of music degree students whose ensemble playing demonstrated the levels of excellence being nurtured at the college. Their imaginative set list featured several new compositions by the legendary Blair Douglas, this year’s SMO Musician in Residence.
‘Gaelic Supergroup’ Dàimh have headlined festivals throughout Scotland, Europe and beyond with a repertoire which runs from pyrotechnic jigs and reels to heart rending ballads. The band features Angus MacKenzie (pipes/whistle) from Cape Breton and Gabe McVarish (fiddle) from California (both sons of Gaelic migrants). Ross Martin is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists on the traditional music scene and Murdo Cameron (bouzouki and accordion) is himself a recent graduate of the SMO music degree course. These virtuoso players were joined by Dàimh’s newest recruit, Ellen MacDonald. This young Gaelic singer was making only her fourth appearance with the band but her obvious vocal talents and enthusiastic delivery are sure to make her a firm favourite with Dàimh’s ever growing legion of fans.