The Big Blue and the Wee White offered up a terrific Thursday night

A choir of Nicolson Institute pupils and friends joined Skyeband Niteworks on the Scotland's Islands stage for a terrific performance.'Photo: Rod Huckbody
A choir of Nicolson Institute pupils and friends joined Skyeband Niteworks on the Scotland's Islands stage for a terrific performance.'Photo: Rod Huckbody

THE Big Blue burst open on last night (Thursday, July 14) as the 16th Hebridean Celtic Festival transformed Lews Castle Green into an arena of fun, frolics and above all, fantastic music.

And this year the Big Blue has been joined by the ‘Wee White’ – the Scotland’s Islands stage instantly proving a very popular addition.

Opening the second stage Kitty the Lion drew a healthy crowd which was built on by the superb vibrancy of ahab, before closing act Niteworks – joined on stage by a choir of Nicolson Institute pupils – stole the show.

In the Big Blue, the powerhouse that is Daimh opened proceedings, followed by and excellent set from fiddle maestro and all-round music man Seth Lakeman.

And it was Stornoway playing in Stornoway who rounded off the first night at the festival arena – a slot the band were honoured to play.