Ceòl Cholasa 2015

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After a night spent preparing and wrapping rolls for 74 packed lunches it was a relief to finally finish work and get ready for the excitement to come.

The ferry trip to Colonsay is always where the Ceol Cholasa feeling begins and this year was no exception. There were lots of familiar faces and a blether about what lies in store in the next few days ensued over a pint or two.

After I had settled ...

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Cànan ‘is Ceòl ann an Colbhasa

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With the grant awarded to Colonsay Community Development Company (CCDC) by Bòrd na Gaidhlig a weekend event was held celebrating Gaelic culture, music and language, specifically that of Colonsay & Oransay. The event ran from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October 2015 and kicked off the local food & drink festival, Connect with Colonsay.

The program consisted of ‘taster’ sessions in the morning – an hour-long seminar with speakers delivering a short talk on Gaelic ...

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Song of the Month

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Each month we will feature a song suggested by our readers. Please send your recommendations (or links to SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Youtube etc) to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk or comment below

This months selection is a beautiful combination of intelligent musicality and angelic vocals in the form of Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Jarosz plays an octave mandolin with a delicate touch, gently supported by Aoife’s guitar.

The video comes from a series called The Bluegrass Situation – ...

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Scalasaig Sessions

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There has been a number of concerts this summer held in the village hall in the run-up to the music festival featuring some familiar faces and some new. From a man in a milk van to Scots song accompanied by ukulele, we have been treated to a varied and high quality programme of music. Some highlights have included the revisiting of our well ken’t friends Marc Duff & Iain Thompson, and a particularly well attended local’s concert; featuring ...

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Scalasaig Sessions Bring a Summer of Music to the Island

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Island impresario Donald “Pedie” MacNeill has put together a series of concerts to get the feet tapping during those long hot summer nights.

A recent visitor survey clearly showed music was a big part of a trip to Colonsay for many tourists and this year’s programme should not disappoint.

Amongst the acts is island born singer/songwriter Caitlin McNeill who is making a first appearance on Colonsay with her new band, Canach.

All the concerts start at 8.30 and admissions is £8 – £3 ...

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