Ceolas success at Celtic Connections

Fun was had by all at the Ceolas Celtic Connections Ceilidh
Fun was had by all at the Ceolas Celtic Connections Ceilidh

A SUCCESSFUL night of music and dance was in order on Friday, February 2nd, as Uist based Gaelic music summer school Ceolas hosted an excellent Ceilidh as part of the Celtic Connections Festival.

Held in The Piping Centre in Glasgow, the nihgt was a fantastic success, full of music, dancing and laughter.

The dance band consisted of Uist locals: Calum MacAulay, Dol Angus MacLean, Angus MacLean and Ian MacPhail, who all put on brilliant performances in supporting the dances led by Frank McConnell.

The night was split up with some short performances which added some variety to the night and allowed some of the Ceolas tutors to share their talents.

Fin Moore and Sarah Hoy played a strathspey and reel set, and were later joined by Dawn Beaton.

Kathleen MacInnes sang beautifully and was supported by Alan Henderson on the piano – they brought the hall to a stand still as the audience watched in awe.

Rosalind Masson, the Dance Development Officer funded by Creative Scotland, who has recently joined the Ceolas family, put on a 20minute performance to express connections between Scottish and Old Time music and dance.

She was supported by music students from the UHI college in Benbecula: Amy MacAulay, Jamie MacDonald, Mairi Innes, David Provan, Graeme Platmen and Sophie Maureen Stephenson.

The end of the night was finished traditionally with a set dance and everyone left smiling and tired.

All in all Ceolas put on a night that was enjoyed and not to be forgotten.