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Harris voices ring in the new year on BBC Alba

BBC Alba’s New Year Ceilidh may have been held in Govan Old Town Hall, but the Gaelic new year celebration still had a Harris tone, with three local musicians taking to the stage, and Hearachs among    revellers in the audience as well.

Emma MacLeod, Claire MacLeod and Corina MacInnes were at the heart of the celebrations, performing with the choral group Binneas.

“It was really special to be a part of this year’s Cèilidh na Bliadhn' Ùire, with such a lovely group of musical people, especially when I would have been sat at home watching it myself,” said Corina, a former pupil at Sir E Scott school.

While some Hearachs were out celebrating, many more brought in the bells at home, with the Cèilidh na Bliadhn' Ùire on the radio or television. Headlined by Tidelines, the evening was hosted by Cathy ‘Bhàn’ MacDonald and Niall Iain MacDonald and featured musical guests including Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band, Rachel Walker, Mischa MacPherson and Darren MacLean.

Binneas, conducted by John Joe MacNeil, was created from a desire to keep traditional Gaelic music and language alive. Their next performance is at Celtic Connections on 27th January, where they will be singing with Julie Fowlis.

Emma ‘Scalpay’ MacLeod will be back on BBC Alba TV screens even sooner, appearing in the second series of An Clo Mor, the drama about a family-run Harris tweed mill, at 9pm on Monday nights.

Much of the popular series was filmed on Harris, including scenes on Luskentyre, and at the Old School and Hostel no 5 in Drinishader.

- Watch Cèilidh na Bliadhn' Ùire

on BBC Alba, or find clips on social media #albaceilidh.



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