Sell-out success for Ceolas aig Celtic Connections

Ceolas at Celtic Connections 2014 proved a huge sell-out success.   Photo: Iain MacDonald, Ceolas
Ceolas at Celtic Connections 2014 proved a huge sell-out success. Photo: Iain MacDonald, Ceolas

Ceòlas aig Celtic Connections was a sell out success on Saturday, February 1st, at the Fruitmarket in Glasgow – over 800 people attended on a night with many other fantastic events making the final celebrations of Celtic Connections 2014 a weekend to remember.

Iain MacDonald put together a tremendous team of performers from home and abroad Cape Breton was well represented with Dwayne Côté, Howie MacDonald, Kimberley Fraser and Scotland based Angus MacKenzie (Dàimh).  

Cape Breton style fiddle will be the focus at Ceòlas 2014 with Dwayne and Howie teaching.

Gillebride Mac Ille’Mhaol started off the singing after a lively opening solo pipe set from Seonaidh MacIntyre. Women singers were at the forefront of the event with Cathy Ann MacPhee keeping the hall rapt with her rendition of the hymn ‘A Thighearna Dhia’ supported by Kathleen MacInnes and Sineag MacIntyre.

Linda MacLeod ably hosted the evening as well as performing, often assisted by the Urban Teuchters, Kathleen and Sineag who have brought new meaning to ‘rhyming slang in Gaelic!’

Pipers were not in short supply with Angus MacKenzie, Angus Nicolson, Seonaidh MacIntyre and Fin Moore showing that you can sit down and play too!

Anna Wendy Stevenson and Simon Bradley from Benbecula’s Lews Castle College played a beautiful set with Kimberley Fraser and filled out the sound of the house band.

There was only room to dance on the stage, much to the regret of some of the audience but Kimberley Fraser from Cape Breton and Jayne MacLeod from Ness in Lewis showed how it can be done as well as being joined by Fin and Dwayne for a few steps at the end.

Ceòlas’ EOST Project, (supported by LEADER), was represented by Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen from Finland singing a song from the Runosong Tradition. Brigitte Kloareg from Brittany nearly brought the house down with her amazingly powerful singing of Breton work and dance songs, which energised the room.

Allan and Ingrid Henderson accompanied much of the performances with their usual appropriate and sensitive accompaniment. Ingrid will also teach at Ceòlas 2014.

A great evening was had by all, showcasing the talent that exists within the community.

One of the audience remarked at the end that he thought he had gate crashed a private party as he observed that the audience as well as the performers had such a strong bond of affection.