Ceilidh Success for LCC UHI

Lews Castle College UHI Online Ceilidhs Pull in Thousands of Viewers in Celebration of Scottish Music during Pandemic.

When Lews Castle College UHI launched their online ceilidh in January, they had no idea that, four months later, they would be pulling in thousands of viewers and welcoming audiences from around the world.

With live gigs cancelled, the online ceilidh was created as a performance space for students and anyone else that wanted to take part - to come and perform alongside specially invited musical guests. The idea behind these events was to welcome everyone to an informal and fun music session, where they could play a tune, recite a poem or sing a song – just like an old-fashioned ceilidh. The main rule being, everyone is welcome. 

So far, the ceilidh has welcomed some of Scotland’s leading musicians, including University of the Highlands and Islands alumni Julie Fowlis, Phil Cunningham, Duncan Chisholm and members of Tide Lines and Skipinnish. These legendary musicians have sat alongside Lews Castle College UHI students and members of the public who have all logged in to take part.

The ceilidh is presented by Lews Castle College UHI lecturer and musician Allan Henderson. A hugely successful fiddle player and former member of Blazin’ Fiddles, Allan has been delighting audiences with stories and chat and his interactions with the guest musicians, as they tell tales of their musical adventures and how Covid has affected their industry. 

Allan said: “The Ceilidhs have been a great way for us all to pass a Thursday evening during lockdown. As I say at the start of each show, we’re here to chase the COVID blues away. People have been in touch to tell us what a tonic the ceilidhs have been, and that means an awful lot. It means that we have achieved what we set out to do.”

The ceilidhs have also highlighted the huge range of talent that music students studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands have, and it has been great to see them perform alongside more established names from the world of traditional music.

Next week’s ceilidh is a being billed as a ‘Tong Special,’ as the college welcomes fiddle player Alasdair White, singer Isobel Martin and multi-instrumentalist and singer Calum Martin, all of whom hail from the village of Tong on the Isle of Lewis.

Join the Lews Castle College UHI Ceilidhs each Thursday at 8pm live on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LewsCastleCollegeUHI




About Lews Castle College UHI

  • Lews Castle College UHI is a further and higher education college in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. It is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.
  • Lews Castle College UHI has been delivering music courses in the Outer Hebrides for nearly twenty years. 
  • We offer course in Music & the Environment (MA) Applied Music (BA), Music HNC and a range of short courses
  • You can find out more about our music courses please visit - https://bit.ly/3eTMfAS

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