Ceòl Mòr Ostaig
27 April 2013
In April 2013, Ceòl ’s Craic celebrated the superb musical talents of students and staff from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on Skye.
The day started with a short information session on the work of the Gaelic college. This was followed by a series of well-attended and informal workshops for beginner and intermediate learners of Gaelic with Beathag Mhoireasdan. There was also a special Gaelic song masterclass from the celebrated Lewis-born singer Christine Primrose.
The evening concert opened with a performance from a group of singers and musicians from the Sabhal Mòr Degree Course in Gaelic and Traditional Music. The students delighted the audience with their relaxed, quirky arrangements of Scottish and Irish tunes, both traditional and contemporary
For the second half of the concert, the audience was treated to two contrasting performances. Firstly renowned piper, Allan MacDonald performed on both the Highland pipes and the small pipes. Allan’s masterful playing reflected his deep love and understanding of traditional Gaelic music.
After Allan, there was the second appearance of the day from Christine Primrose. Christine was, as ever, in fine voice and she captivated the audience in effortless style with a selection of traditional songs, such as ‘Àite mo Ghaoil’, which paid tribute to her Lewis roots. The evening culminated in Allan MacDonald returning to the stage to accompany Christine with a set of Puirt a-beul . Their perfomance together proved so entertaining that the audience refused to let Christine and Allan go home without an encore.
Ceòl Mòr Ostaig was a fantastic evening, ably demonstrating the depth, vibrancy and range of music and song within Scotland’s National Centre for Gaelic.