October 27, 2015

Symposium 2016

Ceòlas has run an annual heritage symposium to celebrates significant local people, places, events and traditions. The symposia are largely Gaelic-medium, providing participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the South Uist vernacular.

Usually taking place two weeks after the Ceòlas summer school to dovetail with the annual Agricultural Show, the symposia provide visitors and members of the community with an additional programme including talks, discussions, workshops, guided walks and evening cèilidhs.

In past years, symposia topics have included crofting, the Great War, traditional foods and local areas including Gèirinis, An Càrnan, Caolas and an t-Iochdar.

‘Tìr Tha Taitneach’

Schedule HERE

This year we concentrate on Howmore, Howbeg and Snishival.

Gilbert MacMillan

Gillebride MacMillan was born in South Uist to a family of tradition bearers.  He has won the two gold medals for Gaelic singing at the National Mod. He has extended his knowledge through study and research and currently works at Glasgow University.   He has travelled all over the world singing and promoting Gaelic culture and his work on the Paisley Bard for the EOST Project is shared at this event. Come and hear his presentation and singing at 11am on Monday 25th July And Tuesday 26th (Jacobite Songs) at 12.30 in Iochdar school.



RebeccaDr. Rebecca Rennell Resident South Uist archeologist, lectures at UHI LCC. For a number of years and is an expert on Uist archeological history and sites. Dr Rennell has a doctorate from University College London where she also gained BA and MA degrees in Archaeology. Part of her doctorate research included an extensive archaeological field survey of the cultural landscape between Barra and the Butt of Lewis. One of Rebecca’s  other areas of expertise is in the use of Geographical Information Systems for establishing archaeological databases, aiding archaeological survey and for both spatial and non-spatial analysis of archaeological data.


Stuart LiddellStuart Liddell is one of the world’s foremost pipers today and has been a winner of almost all major solo piping prizes to date. Stuart is the piping instructor in Argyll Schools. He formed the Inveraray and District Pipe Band in 2004 and has taken the band to Grade 1 having recently won the British Pipe Band Championships. Stuart will play a recital in Iochdar hall on Monday 25th July at 8pm with local supporting pipers.


DSC_0603Allan MacDonald, Musician, singer and lecturer from Glenuig. Allan has close South Uist connections and is going to talk about the importance of lore associated with fairies and how important this folklore was to the culture of the Gaelic world. The meanings and psychology associated has largely been abandoned by modern culture. Allan will give his talk on ‘Na Sithichean agus an Saoghal eile ann an Òrain Ghàidhlig ‘s Ceòl’ on Tuesday Morning in Iochdar school at 11am.


morag DMorag MacDonald: BBC Broadcaster. A native of Iochdar in South Uist, she presents one of the most popular Gaelic radio programmes ‘A’ Mire ri Mòir’ She will be imparting her local knowledge of Iochdar and district as well as being the popular ‘Bean-an-Taighe at the final Cèilidh on Tuesday 26th July at 8pm in Iochdar Hall.



Tradition bearers will share their local knowledge of traditional craft and heritage: Spinning group which meets fortnightly and John MacMillan who has a tremendous resource of genealogy

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