Young local musicians to launch debut album during Mod Week

17 October 2011

A young band who hail from the Isle of Lewis will launch their highly anticipated debut album as part of the Royal National Mod fringe programme which is taking place in the Western Isles this week. The complimentary event will be held on Wednesday evening at the Sea Angling Club in Stornoway from 8pm.

The group, aptly named Oidhche Chiadain - the Gaelic for Wednesday night, which is when the group come together for weekly practices - will give a live performance of some of the tracks from their album 'Ciaradh', meaning Dusk. The launch will be followed by a dance, both of which will be free entry.

The groupwork classes are run by Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich, a voluntary committee who also run a week-long tuition-based festival in traditional music and Gaelic in July and have been involved in a number of successful projects on the island which offer young people support in developing their music and performance skills.

Peigi Maclennan, the current Chairperson of Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich said of the upcoming event, 'The group are very much looking forward to the launch of their debut album. They have all come through the Fèis movement here on the island and they have worked extremely hard during groupwork classes. They have become a highly sought after band within the community as a result of their enthusiasm and commitment and the committee are immensely proud of their achievements.'

What started off as a demo CD, when the group were approached by local musician and producer Keith Morrison of Wee Studios last July, has evolved into a complete album with 12 tracks including songssuch as Òran na Cloiche and 'S fhada leam an Oidhche Gheamhraidh by well-known bard Murdo Macfarlane. The seven-piece band consists of Alanna McCuaig, Mairead Macleod, Fiona Rennie, Caroline MacDonald, Kirsty Watt, Graham Maclennan and John Murdo Macaulay.

Western Isles Development officer Jenna Morrison said, 'It is always a pleasure to work with Oidhche Chiadain. I have watched them develop into an exciting young band oozing with charisma and confidence. There are so many events taking place this week but I hope people will support these young musicians. The group and the committee have worked their socks off to bring this to fruition and I guarantee no-one will leave disappointed.'

Ciaradh will be available for purchase on the night at a special launch price of £10. Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich would like to thank the following for their financial support; Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Hebridean Celtic Festival and Creative Scotland.


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