Another successful Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain

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Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain commenced its 27th year on Sunday July 10th at Stoneybridge School, South Uist.

A crowd gathered to register for ‘Reis na Fèis’, the three mile race around Stoneybridge, with a total of 58 adults and children joining in the fun.

Light refreshments were offered in the hall for all those involved and a great afternoon was had by all.

Tuition got underway on Monday morning in Iochdar School with 127 children taking part.

This year’s Fèis enjoyed a wealth of well known talent.

Tutors included; Debbie MacKay and Rachael MacDonald – drama, Angus Binnie, Alana MacInnes and Anndra MacIsaac – pipes and chanter, Padruig Morrison and John James Galbraith – accordion, Lyndsay MacRithchie – fiddle, Alison Buchanan – singing, Sarah MacDonald - keyboard, Mary Jo Campbell – clarsach, Gemma Steele – highland dancing, Malcolm Munro – button box,

Sandra Steele – art, Paul Steele – media skills, Paul Burgess – guitar, Graham Black – Shinty, Duncan MacDonald – drums.

On Wednesday evening the local community and visitors to the island were treated to a very lively cèilidh in Stoneybridge Hall.

The tutors from the Fèis provided the entertainment for the very busy cèilidh and a wonderful evening was had by all.

Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain closed its doors on Friday afternoon with ‘Cèilidh na Cloinne’. As always, the children took centre stage to display just some of the talents and skills they learnt

throughout the week including singing, drama, dancing and musical instruments.

The quality of the performances proved just how hard both the tutors and the children had worked.

Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain would not happen without funding, which this year was provided by Fèisean nan Gaidheal, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, local councillors; Neil Beaton, David

Blainey, Ronald MacKinnon, Uisdean Robertson, Donnie Steele, Andrew Walker (Council Ward money) ,Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Benbecula Community Council, Bornish Community Council, Iochdar Community and Council, Uist and Benbecula Accordian and Fiddle Club, SHARE, Creative Scotland, Stoneybridge Community Centre and Community Education.

The committee would like to thank everyone who donated raffle prizes, everyone who donated baking and anyone who came in to assist during Fèis week.

The Fèis relies completely on volunteers and to ensure it continues new members are encouraged to join. Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain is one of the only completely Gaelic Fèisean and offers tuition to children aged 5 to 18.

If you would like any more information about the Fèis then please visit Fèis Tìr a’Mhurain’s website: here or e-mail tam@ceol-uibhist.co.uk