Words and music which reflect the Iolaire disaster and its aftermath will be performed at a special event in Uig Community Centre, Isle of Lewis, this Saturday evening (September 14th)
It will be the only island venue for “As the Women Lay Dreaming”, which has been staged around Scotland, in English and Gaelic, to positive reviews.
Songs and music will be provided by Iain 'Costello' MacIver who will be accompanied by Còisir Bhan Na Hearadh as well as Shetland-based musician Donald Anderson and Donna Dale from Achmore.
The words are from Lewis-born author Donald S. Murray whose book of the same name has been shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award and highly commended in the Sir Walter Scott Historical Fiction Award.
Donald said:”I am very much looking forward to hearing this material performed where it belongs – on the Isle of Lewis, in an area which was so deeply affected by the Iolaire disaster.
“So far it has been very well received in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and at book festivals on the mainland. It is time it came home.’
Dolina MacLennan of the Saltire Society in Edinburgh said that “As the Women Lay Dreaming had been “one of the highlights of our Festival events.... A huge success - and sometime perhaps we can repeat it.”
Saturday’s performance in Uig Community Centre will begin at 7.30 p.m. Admission at the door is £8 with half-price for children.