Wednesday 4th February 2015
On Saturday the 24th of January, more than 100 youths from various Fèisean throughout Scotland were given the opportunity to play at the renowned Celtic Connections festival. With over 2,000 people taking part in 300 events throughout Glasgow between the 15th of January and the 1st of February, it’s the biggest Winter festival of its kind.
For the first time in the festival’s history, Ceòl nam Fèis was on the programme, bringing to the 500-strong audience of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall a taste of the sort of talent that attend local fèisean, through a blend of graceful, melodic songs and lively, traditional music.
It was a fantastic experience for the participants to be playing on a stage which has hosted some of the biggest acts in the world, where the youths appeared most at home and certainly, as a reflection of the standard of their playing, were worthy of such a opportunity.
We are extremely grateful to the local Fèis committees and parents that work hard throughout the year to ensure events run smoothly and for their organisation of the youngsters. We’d also like to thank the 2014/15 Ceòl nam Fèis musical directors, Angus Mackenzie and Murdo Cameron, who have brought the countless songs and sets together for three concerts in which the youngsters have been involved: Blas 2014, The Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2014 (Na Trads) and finally, Celtic Connections 2015.