Lews Castle College hosts a live ceilidh every Thursday for musicians, singers, writers or anyone missing live performance.

So far, they have welcomed Robert Robertson from Tide Lines, Anna Massie from Blazin Fiddles, legendary accordion player John Carmichael and more! 

You can join in and take part of you can just sit back and enjoy the music. Join them each Thursday on the Lews Castle College Facebook page at 8pm.

If the COVID pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we are not meant to be solitary creatures. “We need the company of our fellow man, and what better way of doing this than transporting the finest traditions of the ‘Taigh Ceilidh’ online.”

At Lews College Benbecula, they constantly expound the virtues of those traditions on their BA Applied Music, MA Music and the Environment and HNC Music courses, so why not come and join them on a Thursday night between 20:00 and 21:00 and be part of a living tradition.

Feel free to share a song, a tune, a poem, a story or anything that you think might entertain or amuse – the floor is yours. Everyone is welcome.

In times gone by, storytellers were able to recite tales stretching to the length of a whole novel. These would be delivered in instalments over the course of several nights and would be the cause of much discussion and excitement.

Sometimes, attendees would be scared to leave the taigh ceildih for fear of the bochdain (ghosts) that had been brought to life by a particularly talented raconteur.

The township bard would sing songs commemorating, and often lampooning, local events or characters, and those that were able would perhaps favour the company with a tune on the pipes, melodeon, or the fiddle – in communities where that tradition was strong.  

So, let’s see if we can’t recreate something of those times and pass a winter’s evening together.

If you would like to find out more about the music courses and scholarships that on offer at Lews Castle Benbecula, please follow the links below:

Benbecula campus - Music Courses (uhi.ac.uk)

Benbecula campus - Uist Music Scholarship 2021 (uhi.ac.uk)