CEÒL MÒR OSTAIG
28 April 2018, CCA
Ceòl Mòr Ostaig saw Ceòl ‘s Craic join forces with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye. The event was a celebration of the vital contribution the college continues to make to all aspects of contemporary Gaelic culture.
The night got off to a great start with SIAN. Eilidh Cormack, Ellen MacDonald and Ceitlin Smith are fast becoming one of the most ‘in demand acts’ on the traditional music scene. The trio’s beautiful harmonies and imaginative vocal arrangements shone on stand out tracks such as Shèol am Bàta Fairis a-Null, ’S i Nochd a’ Chiad Oidhche ‘n Fhoghair, and Air Fàir an Là.
This was followed by An Cùrsa Ciùil, the ever-evolving band showcasing the phenomenal talent of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig ’s music degree students. The 10-piece ensemble delivered a powerhouse performance of jigs, reels, slow airs, Gaelic song and traditional step dancing.
Ceòl ‘s Craic was privileged to host a rare appearance by Lewis bard Murdo L. His latest works tackle the ills of modern day society including social media, corporate tax evasion, life ‘on the edge’ and the poet’s fractious domestic relationship with his mother – all of which held the audience enthralled.
Mary Ann Kennedy is renowned throughout the Gaelic world as a leading singer, musician and broadcaster. For this event she performed classic numbers from her back catalogue and self-penned songs from her recently released solo album ‘An Dàn’. The audience was treated to previews of material from the follow-up album ‘Glaschu’, which is scheduled for release later in 2018. Highlights included Mary Ann’s emotional Gaelic cover of Michael Marra’s ‘Mother Glasgow’ and her own composition ‘Sinn Fhin Còmhla’, a celebration of the overlooked history of women’s suffrage in the Gaeltachd. Mary Ann was joined on stage by Anna Massie who provided sensitive and imaginative accompaniment on guitar and fiddle.