Dancing went on long into the evening at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais in Stornoway on Friday night (November 29th) as part of the four-and-a-half hour show that was Dileab 2019.

The oldest member of the audience was reportedly 90 years of age - and there were many youngsters too. The whole event was regarded by the audience as a real representation of the awesome range of talent and skills of local performers from any age-groups, including the first performance by the full complement of the Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band under the leadership of Ashley Macdonald and Anna Murray, with help from David Maclennan.

The show was introduced – and the performances linked - by Derek ‘Pluto’ Murray, the acclaimed Ness broadcaster.

He said it had been “one of the greatest privileges of my life. Huge thanks to Dileab2019 and CnES for the opportunity to witness the awesome talents that are Nicolson Institute and Sir E Scott School choirs and “Dual” folk group along with Face The West, The Tumbling Souls, and Skippinish, the headline act. 

On Twitter, the Dileab 2019 organisers said: “A fantastic night ended with our headliners Skipinnish who were brilliant. The crowd loved it and the kids really enjoyed singing with them. Huge thanks to Derek Pluto for being an excellent MC and all the bands and performers for taking part in Dileab2019.”  Along with Derek ‘Pluto’ they emphasised that the next outing for the choirs and musicians is at a major Celtic Connections event in Glasgow next month. 

On Twitter, Dileab 2019 organiser Evelyn Coull said: “A huge thank you to the pupils, teachers, tutors, musicians and families who made the evening so brilliant.”

Earlier Rhona Johnstone had tweeted: “This is my Friday. The big day has arrived. Dileab2019 and all the hard work has paid off.  Delighted to have Skipinnish with us for our big gig tonight. Emotional moment listening to the band and school choirs singing the Iolaire song at sound check.”

There will be more Dileab events during 2020 as part of the national year of Coasts and Waters under the title Dìleab: Air a' Chuan.