Due to popular demand, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is expanding the programme of live cèilidhs from Friday 24th April.
Live Facebook Cèilidhs
Iain “Spanish” Mackay and Iain “Tosh” Macintosh have featured on the Comhairle Facebook page over recent weeks with huge viewing figures from across the islands, Scotland and all 5 continents.
One viewer said: “This is amazing Tosh! Thank you - from Australia!” Another viewer was watching in the United States: “Loving the tunes here in Dallas. Making me feel very homesick.”
The Comhairle will now be hosting live Facebook Cèilidhs every Friday and Saturday evening from 9pm, with various local artists.
At 9pm on Friday 24th April evening, Elsa Jean Mactaggart and husband, Gary Lister, will be performing a lively set so get ready to dance! You can have a look at Elsa Jean and Gary's Facebook Page (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) for an idea of what to expect.
At 9pm on Saturday 25th April, Charlie Clark from local band, Astrid, will be live on the Comhairle page so make sure you have your requests at the ready.
In addition to the Facebook Cèilidhs, on Saturday 25th April, host Willie Campbell will be joined by local musicians for the debut broadcast of e-Cèilidh – a pre-recorded production by the Comhairle’s Education department.
Streamed fortnightly, e-Cèilidh will be available to watch live online through the new dedicated e-Cèilidh website which will be launched on Thursday, this week.
Every fortnight, the cèilidh will feature one host performing live items as well as introducing pre-recorded video contributions from other musicians and members of the local community.
Contributions are invited from members of the local community of any age, to give the events a true community involvement feel. These contributions should be a maximum of 5 minutes in length and can be in any musical genre.
Each e-Cèilidh will include items from a mix of musical genres with scope to have genre specific nights as the bank of musical contributions grows.
The programme for this weekend is as follows:
- Friday 24th April at 9pm - Elsa Jean MacTaggart and husband, Gary Lister, will be performing a set so get ready to dance! You can have a look at Elsa Jean and Gary's Facebook Page (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) for an idea of what to expect
- Saturday 25th April at 7:30pm – e-Cèilidh hosted by Willie Campbell
- Saturday 25th April at 9pm – Charlie Clark from local band, Astrid, will be live on the Comhairle page