Youngsters from Barra and Uist are just (11am Wednesday January 15th) landing in Glasgow ahead of their date with fame at Celtic Connections.
They’re set to make a splash at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, where tomorrow is rehearsal day for Dìleab: Air a' Chuan. The concert brings together school pupils and musicians from across the Western Isles to celebrate their rich connection with the waters which surround the islands.
Performers from Barra joined members of Sgoil Lionacleit pipe band after travelling across the Sound of Barra this morning. The flight from Benbecula landed in Glasgow shortly after 11am.
A second flight is bringing Lewis and Harris pupils including the Sir E Scott senior choir and soloists and musicians and choral singers from across Lewis. They will be joined by Willie Campbell of Tolsta, Ceitlin Lilidh of Ness and Padraig Morrison in the special one-off performance, hosted by former Sgoil Lionacleit pupil and Gaelic singer Linda MacLeod.
Travel plans for the party of 80 musicians, tutors and supporters were thrown into disarray when Storm Brendan and a series of further weather fronts made ferry transport impossible for some of the performers.
But Loganair came to the rescue laying on two charter flights to make sure that everyone made it to Glasgow in time for rehearsal day tomorrow.
Tickets for the performance, on Friday night, are still available via https://www.celticconnections.com/event/1/dleab-air-a-chuan