Pupils from Dìleab: Air a’ Chuan project at Celtic Connections 2020

Willie Campbell, front left, has been writing and performing original work for the project since 2018. Photograph: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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A one-off performance at Celtic Connections in Glasgow will fit in with the Year of Coasts and Waters and have original songs on this theme.

The Dìleab: Air a’ Chuan project brings together school pupils from across the Western Isles to celebrate traditional music with professional musicians.

Performances will include 70 island pupils, Willie Campbell and Band, Ceitlin Lilidh and Pàdruig Morrison with the Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band, the Sir E Scott Choir from Harris, singers and musicians from Castlebay Community School in Barra and the Nicolson Institute in Lewis, as well as other island musicians including Iain ‘Costello’ MacIver and Neil Johnstone. Linda Macleod from North Uist will host the evening.

The concert follows the success of the previous Dìleab events of 2018, the recording and subsequent launch of the EP of five songs which Willie Campbell was commissioned to write and the hugely successful concert in November 2019 in Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais where 60 young musicians from Lewis and Harris performed alongside Face the West, The Tumbling Souls and Skipinnish.

Rhona Johnstone, musical director and project coordinator, said: ‘This promises to be an absolutely fantastic evening. We are delighted the young people from our island schools have been given the opportunity to showcase their talents at Celtic Connections, one of the world’s premier music festivals.

‘Our concert programme has been designed to fit in with Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 and will include two new commissions from Willie Campbell as well as other arrangements of songs to fit with this theme.  The pupils, music staff and the whole Dìleab team have been working very hard in the lead up to the event and we are all very much looking forward to being part of this amazing festival.’

The concert will take place in the new auditorium of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 7.30pm tomorrow (Friday January 17). Tickets can be purchased for the event at celticconnections.com or from the Royal Concert Hall on 0141 353 8000.

For more information on the Dìleab project and to view the livestream of the event, visit www.dileabalegacy.com.