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 30th October at 7.00pm

The host will be Anna Black


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:

Playlist and Song Sheets
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A chlann Bheaga’ s na Ròin
An Cala Breagh
Fagail Liosmor
The host will be Anna Black
Friday 30th October at 7.00pm

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:

Your name
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.

How to submit an item:

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 using a free file transfer site such as or
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.

Take part
e-Ceilidh nan Og

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.

Mòran taing


Willie Campbell - Saturday 25th April 2020

Willie Campbell is a Scottish singer songwriter based on the Isle of Lewis who first came to widespread attention co-fronting Astrid, and as a founding member of Gary Lightbody’s Reindeer Section. Willie Is primarily a busy live solo musician, currently playing solo, with Astrid, the Tumbling Souls, The open Day Rotation and has also enjoyed writing songs and carrying out workshops for the Dìleab project over the last few years.

Iain MacIver - Saturday 9th May 2020

Iain MacIver is a singer/songwriter and music instructor based on the Isle of Harris. Originally from Point in Lewis, he was one half of the Gaelic duo, Flair in the mid 70’s. He performs as a solo artist and also as lead singer with the band, New Tradition with whom he has recorded two albums. He has also released four solo albums. In his role as a music instructor he has had numerous successes at National Mods as conductor of Sir E Scott School Choir. He has also led the choir to success at The Pan Celtic International Festival where the choir won the best overall on two occasions. He is also the conductor of the recently formed Còisir Bhan Na Hearadh, who themselves have enjoyed Mod success under his guidance.

Iain MacKinnon - Saturday 23rd May 2020

Iain is from Gress in the Isle of Lewis and has had a love of music and singing since he was very young. He has performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists and in a variety of styles over the years in addition to his own solo work. He currently works as a teacher in Stornoway, produces podcasts and is one of the senior worship leaders at Martin’s Memorial Church of Scotland. He regularly appears on BBC Alba hosting “Alleluia!” and lends his voice talents to many Gaelic children’s programmes.

Uilleam 'Uilly' MacLeod - Saturday 9th June 2020

Uilleam Macleod is the drummer from local band Peat & Diesel. When he’s not playing gigs he can be found delivering frozen foods with Grillburger the length of the Western Isles. Uilly is also a regular host on local community radio station Isles FM for the last decade. He has also been a member of the Lewis Pipe Band for over 12 years something he was keen on getting back into before lockdown stopped him!

Chloe Steele - Saturday 27th June 2020

Piper and Gaelic Singer, Chloe Steele is a native of South Uist. She has just completed her final honours year on the BA Applied Music course led by Anna-Wendy Stevenson. Chloe dedicates her time to her community in South Uist by tutoring children and running community projects on regularly basis. In 2018, Chloe released her own CD, “Uibhist mo Rùin” which can be downloaded on all online platforms. Chloe’s most recent piece of work is a film documentary showcasing the strong connection between South Uist and Cape Breton, please see the following link to watch:
You can follow Chloe and keep updated on her latest ventures on Facebook and Instagram under, “Chloe Steele Music”.

Alyth McCormack - Saturday 18th July 2020

Born and raised on the island of Lewis in the Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland Alyth was immersed in the rich folk culture of these islands. She began singing at the age of four and was influenced by the choral Gaelic choir and solo singing, the religious psalms and pipe music of her native island before going on to train at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow. Alyth had a very successful solo career working as a singer and actress across mainland Europe and the UK, but in 2007 she moved to Ireland and came to the attention of Paddy Moloney of ‘The Chieftains’. She has been their featured singer touring worldwide with them for 13 years. Alyth has also toured the USA with country singer Trace Adkins; performed at the Country Music Christmas Special in Nashville in 2013, duetted with Kris Kristofferson, and toured with folk greats Martin Carthy and Norma Waterston, Scotland’s Eddi Reader, jazz singers Jacqui Dankworth and Leanne Carol and in Scottish trio Shine. With ‘The Chieftains’ she has also performed with the Chicago, Seattle, Cleveland and RTE Symphony Orchestras and on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman. She has appeared on over 30 albums and has three solo albums to date: An Iomall, People like me and Homelands. “Alyth McCormack loves singing, and lets you know that without telling you. You can hear it in her voice.” The List
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Anna Murray - Friday 28th August

Anna Murray is from Back on the Isle of Lewis and has been piping and singing Gaelic songs from a very young age. She has recorded 3 solo albums and has appeared on various compilations. She has toured many different countries promoting and teaching Gaelic music and piping and is currently employed by CNES as one of their full time piping instructors. Over the years Anna has worked as an actress and TV presenter on many programmes including Machair and Dotaman and regularly voices documentaries and childrens’ programmes for BBC Alba.

Penny Burgess - Friday 25th September

Penny Burgess was born and bred in South Uist, spending a couple of years training to become a nursery nurse. Singing has been in her family for years and she started at a very young age. She won the traditional gold medal at the National MOD in Lochaber in 1981. Penny started working as a Gaidhlig music instructor in 1999 to cover the Uists and Barra. Her son who is also a musician often record together. Recently Penny went into the studio as a gift from her family and produced an EP which is available to buy in local shops and SoundCloud. For more information go to PennyBurgessSinger.
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