Island visitors and islander dwellers have enjoyed traditional music and song at the Retirement Centre in Bayhead, Stornoway at teatime each Friday, throughout the summer months.
Visitors from as far as Chicago, Australia, New Zealand and Vancouver Island enjoyed a taste of island culture, through piping, Gaelic and English songs, melodeon music, mouth music and psalm singing. The get together organised and run by volunteers, continued into September, promoted by Hebtember, an initiative to extend the tourist season.
One visitor said: “I am from San Francisco. There was a friendly, welcoming atmosphere at the Centre with great music, songs and stories. I was able to ask questions about island life and meet some of the local people. It is the unique experience visitors are looking for and I really hope it continues in the future.”
The local audience who have attended over the summer, would now like to continue the Friday teatime get together, with a mix of traditional music, popular Scottish and Country music sing-alongs, but volunteers are urgently required to meet and greet, make the tea and assist behind the scenes
The event co-ordinated by Cabraich Community Arts since mid July urgently needs new volunteers to enable the event to continue, due to popular demand, over the next few months.
This event is not just for the over 60s but is open to everyone. There is an open-mic arrangement for musicians and singers and every week is fresh.
If you like meeting new people and can help with some of the tasks behind the scenes, contact Maggie on 07554665549.One the other hand, if you would like an evening of live entertainment and met new people, come along to the Retirement Centre on Fridays from 6-9pm.