“How do you fill your time?”
“What’s there to do on the island?”
“Isn’t it very quiet over the winter months?”
The problem is not finding things to do.
The problem is trying to fit everything in.
Apart from work there are so many events.
Tiree is a very active community in so many ways.
This past week there have been our regular activities.
Additional responsibilities have also come our way.
Add to that it has been Fèis Thiriodh.
For those not in the know, the Tiree Fèis was established
to foster and promote the language, culture and music of Tiree,
making it as relevant as ever to the lifestyle of the present day
in a way which draws people of all ages.
The first Fèis Thiriodh was held in 1990 as a group of islanders,
following in the footsteps of the Barra Fèis, sought to find a way
to re-invigorate the old ways of Tiree.
Every July the Fèis Thiriodh is a week-long festival of traditional culture
with classes for young and old, and evenings filled with dances,
cèilidhs, lectures and walks.
As most of these traditions
have been handed down through the medium of Gaelic,
the Fèis tries to use the Gaelic language as much as possible.
There is much to be done.
A decision had to be made! – “What was best to attend?”
So, this year we decided to attend Cèilidh an Luchd-Teagaisg.
What a grand foot stomping evening the Tutor’s Concert proved to be.
What a talented group of tutors under the direction of Eilidh MacFadyen.
Here is just a taster of the evening.
Accept our apologies for camera shake.
The trouble was – it was so foot stomping good.
And – with no tripod to hand the result is camera bounce!!
This is ‘Life on Tiree’.