The sixth e-Cèilidh did take place on
Saturday 18th July at 7.30pm
Musician Alyth McCormack from the Isle of Lewis.
The next e-Cèilidh Nan Òg will take place on
Friday 28th August at 7.00pm
The host will be Anna Murray, Piping Instructor
Welcome to the home of the Eilean Siar e-Cèilidh.
The Western Isles has a strong musical culture and a huge wealth of talent amongst its people. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have developed the e-Cèilidh project, during the current period of lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, to bring more music into people’s homes, bring our communities together through music and help to lift everyone’s spirits during these difficult times.
The aim is to involve musicians throughout our islands and beyond to contribute with recorded content, and allow as many people as possible to participate.
The e-Cèilidhs will include items from a mix of musical genre and it is hoped that in time, as the bank of contributions and hosts grows, that we may be able to have specific themed nights eg. Rock night, Gaelic song night, Youth led night etc.
When is it happening?
Initially we plan to broadcast live once a fortnight on Saturday evenings, through this website and the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar official channels, and each e-Cèilidh will include a live host who may also perform a few numbers as well as introducing recorded contributions from guests & members of our communities.
The first e-Cèilidh will take place on Saturday 25th April at 7.30pm and the host will be singer/songwriter Willie Campbell from Lewis. Full details of the programme for each e-Cèilidh will appear on the Upcoming broadcast page prior to each event....
How can I get involved?
Guidance and information on how to contribute is included on the Take Part page which also includes a contributor’s form. We also intend to provide an opportunity for people who perhaps don’t wish to contribute a video or audio piece to join in, by including a singalong/playalong item in each e-Cèilidh event. Details, including lyrics and music, will be posted on the Join In page.
In time we also hope to include songs and backing tracks for you to download & play along with and these could also be recorded by yourselves and sent in for possible inclusion in a future broadcast.
We hope that you will all join us for these e-Cèilidhs and get involved. For further information, please check out the Take Part or Join In pages (links) however if you have any further questions please get in touch via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributions for the e-Cèilidh broadcasts are invited from members of the local community of any age and should follow these guidelines
• contributions should be of 5 minutes’ maximum duration & can be in any musical genre – traditional, classical, rock, blues, etc.
• Video is the preferred option, however for any contributors who are perhaps a bit camera shy, our talented team can add scenic footage to any audio only contributions.
• Content recorded specifically for this project or during the lockdown period is preferred and could include a verbal message or dedication at the beginning or end. Please do not include any titles or text on video content as this will be added by our technical team.
• Content can be recorded on any device that allows for the following specification
Video – 720p @ 30 fps - preferably filmed in landscape format
Audio – an audio interface and external microphone would be great to ensure the best possible audio quality however on-board audio would be fine.
• Please also include the following in your recording:
Where you live
Name of your piece/song and composer
Any other brief information about your item
You can also include a brief message or dedication in your video if you wish.
If you would prefer not to speak in your recording this information can be added by the e-Ceilidh host.
1. Follow the link below to complete and submit a contributor’s form Eilean Siar e-Ceilidh contributors form
If you are submitting more than one item please complete a separate form for each.
2. Send your recorded item(s) to email@example.com using a free file transfer site such as www.wetransfer.com or www.mailbigfile.com
There is no requirement to register or login to these sites
Once the items received have been checked and processed by the project staff, if deemed suitable you will be contacted by email with a proposed broadcast date.
Please note that Video, audio and content needs to be of a minimum acceptable standard and project staff reserve the right to withhold the use of any contributions deemed to be unsuitable. Guidance can be issued on how to enhance any contributions which may have unsuitable audio or video quality
Please also note that in line with GDRP any material or information submitted will not be shared outwith the e-Ceilidh project without consent.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the pupils, parents and teachers who contributed videos for e-Cèilidh nan Òg. The response has been absolutely amazing with nearly 130 videos being sent in which shows the vast range of talent that exists amongst our young people in the primary schools across the islands.
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of entries receivedwe are unable to programme all of these into one day. We will screen a selection of videos as planned on Friday 29th May in two parts, as detailed in the attached programme, and will run subsequent broadcasts at a later date to make sure that all the wonderful contributions are shown. We plan to produce one additional broadcast in June and more in August. Details for all of these will be shared with schools in due course and information will also be on the e-Cèilidh website (details below).
The event this Friday can be viewed on the website and also on the e-Ceilidh Facebook – please search for Eilean Siar e-Cèilidh on Facebook.
As part of the event this Friday there will be a sing-along session for everyone to take part in, led by 2 of our Gaelic singing teachers, Mr Iain ‘Costello’ Maciver and Mrs Penny Burgess. The lyrics for the songs will be available on the website.
There will also be a play-along session suitable for fiddle, whistle, guitar, melodeon, accordion, piano, keyboard, clarsach and other instruments, led by 3 of our fiddle teachers- Mr Neil Johnstone, Ms Anna Black & Mrs Rhona Johnstone. The sheet music for this session can also be downloaded from the website and you will also find backing tracks on there for the pupils to play with afterwards too.
This will be followed by a play-along session for pipers and chanter players led by Mrs Esther MacDonald.
Please do not be disappointed if your video is not shown this week, it was a hard job trying to decide which ones to include, but be assured that your contribution will be shown in the very near future. We hope that the pupils and families all enjoy watching the videos being shown this week and will join in with the play-along & sing-along sessions too.
Willie Campbell - Saturday 25th April 2020
Iain MacIver - Saturday 9th May 2020
Iain MacKinnon - Saturday 23rd May 2020
Uilleam 'Uilly' MacLeod - Saturday 9th June 2020
Chloe Steele - Saturday 27th June 2020
You can follow Chloe and keep updated on her latest ventures on Facebook and Instagram under, “Chloe Steele Music”.