Fèis Chullaig growing in its third year

7th January 2019

The period between Christmas and New Year brimmed with Ceòlas activities for the public in South Uist. Fèis Chullaig, now in its third year, helped to bring the community together during the festive season with a programme of dances, music sessions and family activities.

The festival welcomed all ages, delivering four days of events in village halls, hotels and Grogarry Lodge from the 28th to the 31st of December.

Trail West played to a packed Talla an Ìochdair on Saturday, 29th December, in what is an annual highlight for the community. A traditional cèilidh in the cosy setting of Grogarry Lodge attracted over thirty people to an evening of cocktails, seafood canapés and local music including Màiri MacMillan, Calum Anthony Beaton, Alana MacInnes & Iain MacDonald, Chloe Steele and Kilphedar Sounds.

Music sessions were hosted at Am Politician, Borrodale Hotel and Lochboisdale Hotel, with a recital of local young pipers also taking place before the Trail West dance. The level of talent, bolstered by new faces, was a heartening indicator for the future of piping in Uist and Barra.

Lochboisdale Hotel was the venue for a busy Family Cèilidh on Hogmanay night with Penny Burgess as bean an taighe, which saw children and other members of the community performing in the lounge. The centuries old tradition of lighting the caisean and reciting the Duan Callainn was once more carried out in a public venue, bringing the custom to new audiences.

Ceòlas would like to thank our funders, Creative Scotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, HIE and CnES, as well as Stòras Uibhist, Grogarry Lodge, Lochboisdale Hotel, Borrodale Hotel, Am Politician, Talla Choimhearsnachd Èirisgeidh, Talla an Ìochdair, Talla Staoinebrig, Trail West, Eilidh MacInnes, Angus Campbell, Marine Harvest, Penny Burgess, and to all those who performed and attended the festival.