The dimming of the day and old tradition of first-footing are both to be celebrated with a series of events over two weeks of January, beginning as the Isle of Harris Distillery opens for the New Year tomorrow evening (Wednesday January 8th).
 
That evening gets 2020 off to a fine start with a live performance of Ciaradh na h-Oidhche (The Dimming of the Day), where a house-cèilidh in the true Gàidhlig meaning of the word will urge visitors to draw near round the peat fire.
 
It’s a rare opportunity to hear five hugely talented performers together. Pàdruig Morrison, Linda MacLeod, Seonaidh MacIntyre, Shona Masson and Calum MacDonald will be celebrating the familiar island setting for stories and songs in Gaelic.
 
All are welcome for 7.30pm that night. Tickets are £12 /10 and you can call 07500 442884 to book.
 
From Monday (January 13th) the Great Place Project will be drawing from island cultural heritage to help shape the future of the islands.
 
Oidche Challain – first-footing to the future, puts an island twist on community consultation, inviting stories, songs and even tunes that could help shape a heritage strategy and action plan for the islands.
 
The ceilidh-style event will be at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis at 1pm on Monday and at the Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert on Tuesday (January 14th) at 6pm.