Local News for Thursday 13th July 2017
Three album deal for Lewis singer
Lewis singer-songwriter Colin Macleod is today signing a three album recording contract with the international music giant BMG, who also have Blondie, Nickelback and the Charlatans among the artists on their books. Now Colin, from Swordale in Point, is set to see his own career soar from the island life he treasures. Tomorrow sees the release of a new single and EP, Old Fire, which takes inspiration from island landscapes. Colin, who records as C Macleod, said: “The Old Fire EP and the album are all songs from home, taking stories I’d heard over the years from the island and turning them into new songs, from a modern perspective.” Despite the big deal, Colin’s not going to abandon his roots, his band includes fellow islanders Murdo Mackenzie on drums, Scott Macleod on guitar and Colin’s brother Callum on bass. And he’s also home next week in and around the Hebridean Celtic Festival, where he’ll be playing alongside other Lewis music-makers.
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Local News for Wednesday 12th July 2017
Friends reunited via Facebook and Uist
Two young boys have been reunited via social media, after their families were separated in a house move. Eight-year-old Aiden West and his friend Jack both lived in Army housing in Inverness, but when Jack’s family moved away they didn’t get time to say goodbye. Knowing only that Jack’s mum came from Uist, Aiden’s mum Louise put out a desperate appeal via Scottish social media pages. She said: “We are both army families and military life is hard on kids. He has been in floods of tears as he thinks he is never going to see his friend again.” Within hours the post had been shared to Uist and other Western Isles pages, with the result that Jack’s mum Catriona Harding got in touch. Now the boys are writing and plan to meet up. Lousie said: “I woke up to a message from Jack’s mum - another woman from a Uist page sent me a message to say it's her husband’s cousins. I can't believe how quickly we found him, I was so happy to tell Aiden the fantastic news that we found Jack and the boys will stay in touch. We are over the moon. Everyone who has helped me, I thank you all so much.”
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 12th July 2017