Dileab at Celtic Connections!

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is pleased to announce that pupils from the Dìleab: Air a' Chuan project will be performing at Celtic Connections 2020 in Glasgow. 

Performances will include 70 island pupils, Willie Campbell & Band, Ceitlin Lilidh and Pàdruig Morrison with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, the Sir E Scott Choir from Harris, singers and musicians from Castlebay Community School in Barra and The Nicolson Institute in Lewis, as well as other island musicians including Iain 'Costello' MacIver and Neil Johnstone.  Linda Macleod from North Uist will be hosting the evening.

The concert follows on from the success of the previous Dìleab events of 2018, the recording and subsequent launch of the EP of 5 songs which Willie Campbell was commissioned to write and the hugely successful concert in November 2019 in Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais where 60 young musicians from Lewis & Harris performed alongside Face the West, The Tumbling Souls & Skipinnish.

Rhona Johnstone, Musical Director and Project Co-ordinator, said: “This promises to be an absolutely fantastic evening.  We are delighted that the young people from our island schools have been given the opportunity to showcase their talents at Celtic Connections, which is one of the world’s premier music festivals. Our concert programme has been designed to fit in with Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 and will include 2 new commissions from Willie Campbell as well as other arrangements of songs to fit with this theme.  The pupils, music staff & the whole Dìleab team have been working very hard in the lead up to the event and we are all very much looking forward to being part of this amazing festival.”

The concert will take place in the New Auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 7:30pm on Friday 17th January 2020.  Tickets can be purchased for the event at Celtic Connections (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) or from the Royal Concert Hall on 0141 353 8000.

For more information on the Dìleab project, please visit Dìleab: Air a’ Chuan (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)