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Music, song and poetry make Ceòl Mòr Ostaig a big hit in Glasgow

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on Skye, and Ceòl is Craic collaborated to put on a fantastic showcase of Gaelic talent at the weekend in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts. Good crowds attended the first Ceòl Mòr Ostaig, a special event that the college and Ceòl is Craic organised to showcase the musical talent and work of the college.

SMO’s Short Courses Manager, Alasdair MacKay, said: “On a very warm summer’s evening in Glasgow, we had a very special team down from the college for a unique event in the city’s CCA at Ceòl is Craic. We had been kindly invited to provide a night of entertainment and were also had the opportunity to let the public interact with students and staff from the College through a series of workshops and presentations leading up to the concert about the college, the Gaelic language and its culture. As part of the line up on stage, we were very fortunate to be able to include two exceptional Gaelic singers connected with the college, Christine Primrose and Margaret Stewart. Joining them for the night were the Angus Nicolson trio, the current writer is residence at the College, Peter Mackay, the students from the College’s traditional music course and MC for the night was Artair Donald, drama artist in residence. Even though it was a night to be enjoyed outdoors, we were delighted with the number of people who made the effort to come along and join in the workshops and listen to a fantastic night’s ceilidh concert. We all enjoyed our time meeting those who attended and performing in Glasgow and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is hoping to do more events like these soon.”

There were workshops in Gaelic song, drama, television skills, as well as a Gaelic taster class. There was also a wealth of information on hand and presentations about what the college has to offer, and the work of the college’s television course students was screened in the cinema at CCA.

Deirdre Murray, Programme Co-ordinator for Ceòl is Craic, said: “We were delighted that Sabhal Mòr Ostaig were able to join us for our last programmed event before the summer – and what an event it was. It was fantastic to see just what was on offer in the college and to have a taste of the extraordinary music talent that has come from the college. We have had great feedback from everyone that attended the gig and we hope to continue to build on the relationship with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in the future.”

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