Pipe band’s New York tribute to Barra girl Eilidh

The Barra and Uist band parades to cheers from the crowds lining the streets of New York.

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A documentary following the journey of a young pipe band after tragedy struck is being produced for BBC ALBA, it was revealed today (Sunday April 8).

Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, made up of secondary school students from Uist and Barra, is being documented as members travel to New York to take part in the famous New York Tartan Week.

It is the first time the pipe band has attended the event and the motivation came when tragedy hit the island’s small community.

Sgoil Lionicleit Pipe Band member Eilidh MacLeod was one of 22 victims of the Manchester bombing in May 2017.

Gaelic media company MacTV has been following the pipe band as it began fundraising for its trip which has taken them 5,000km away from the tiny island they call home.

David Martin, producer for MacTV, said: ‘When we heard Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band was taking part in the Tartan Day parade, we thought it was a great opportunity to follow the group. After a difficult year, we felt it was important to document the group as they perform and promote our culture at iconic locations around New York.’

New York Tartan Week, which is in its 20th year, celebrates Scottish culture and centres around Tartan Day, on April 6.

The documentary following the pipe band will air in the autumn on BBC ALBA.