Cailleach an Deacoin

Cailleach an Deacoin, the popular 1960s Gaelic comedian from the Isle of Lewis, is now available on CD for the first time from Clach Press.


Cailleach an Deacoin was a humorous character created by Murdo Matheson from Gravir, Isle of Lewis. He originally created the character after a committee was formed to raise funds for the local hospital in Stornoway. The Cailleach started off appearing in sketches, and then appearing to packed halls as a solo artiste at fundraising ceilidhs. He frequently appeared in Stornoway Town Hall, and the excerpts on this CD were recorded there in the late 60's and early 70's


Digitised from the original reel-to-reel tapes, the CD contains two excerpts from ceilidhs recorded in Stornoway Town Hall. As well as the excerpts by the Cailleach. Domhnall Ruadh from Ness tells about how the character came to be, and also recounts parts of Murdo life story. 


Latest news 06. March - Online Music Session Hebrides 

Cabraich Community Arts  have been awarded funding by the Corra Foundation to support musicians and audience to upskill, to join a weekly Hebrides online music session.

Bayhead Sessions, the long running, weekly live event, was hit by the pandemic restrictions in March 2020. Now organisers aim to co-ordinate and support new technology skills, to re-unite the thirty participants in a new online setting.  

This support for Cabraich Community Arts, will provide one to one workshops, for people using their own device, to access and use Zoom and other online platforms.

Cabraich co-ordinator Magaidh Smith said ‘Many new friendships and community networks were created through the open door, weekly music nights at Bayhead Sessions in Stornoway. The pandemic has left many people isolated and our new weekly online event, is a chance to re-establish those links and create new experiences.

Although we aim to reach out to the musicians who played together at Bayhead Sessions pre-Covid and their audience, we also welcome anybody interested in learning new technology skills and participating in a local music setting”

More information on technology support from or 01851 860204.