Musical heritage celebrated at Ceol on the Croft

Trotternish is well known for its musical heritage and rooted culture and so it was appropriate that a festival of world-class music was held in Linicro last weekend. All bands had a connection with Trotternish, or more specifically with Whitewave where Ceol on the Croft found its home.

The festivities started early in the week with the arrival of four students from Benbecula Music College who worked over Wednesday and Thursday evenings with seven local primary age youngsters to produce a short set which was performed twice over the weekend.

Friday afternoon kicked off the perfor­mances with a free show for invited guests from north-end primary schools, pre-school groups and members of the wider Trotternish community. ‘Ceòl Beag’ gave a taste of what was to come in the evenings ahead with input from the Mischa MacPherson Trio (this year’s winners of the BBC 2 Young Folk Musicians of the Year), Colum Sands from Northern Ireland, Skye’s own Sara Naylor (joined by her fiancé Felix) and Angus MacKenzie on pipes.

The great Ceitidh Douglas was joined on stage by her Dad and Smith to start off the Friday concert which finished with an incredible set by Daimh Mòr. DJs Shaka warmed up the early arrivals on Saturday with some summer grooves before the ‘Ceòl on the Croft Pipe Band’ struck up — a heady mix of pipers from all the performing bands with a few local youngsters to keep them right.

Donald Macdonald and the Islands notched the tent up a gear or two with their energetic but soulful performance prior to Breabach’s outstanding set which was all that the audience could have wished for! In true north-end style the concert was followed by a dance to the mighty Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band. A superb weekend of music and craic!