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WATCH: What happened when Ullapool DJ hosted Scotland's most remote club night?

By Hector MacKenzie

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Sigi Whittle and Jemima Fasakin.
Sigi Whittle and Jemima Fasakin.

A BID to put on Scotland's most remote club night in a Wester Ross village has come under the TV spotlight.

Tune: Scotland's Most Remote Club Night explores a bid by two friends to share their passion with locals in Ullapool and bring an experience that young people living there typically have to travel for.

Sigi Whittle.
Sigi Whittle.

Ullapool-raised Sigi Whittle and his friend Jemima Fasakin feature in the BBC TV documentary which can now be viewed via the iPlayer app.

Addressing the lack of night life for young people in the area, they take on the challenge of creating Scotland’s most remote club night.

Capturing the action as their electronic music night baile/baile is brought to life, Sigi shares his experience of growing up there and highlights how important music and community are.

From immersion in traditional and folk at a young age, to the influence of Martyn Bennett and discovering dance music at Rockness Festival, Sigi shares the journey which brought him home to Ullapool to start a club night for the next generation.

The 27-year-old DJ and promoter said: "You have to make your own fun. If we don't do it no one will. I'm proud of coming from here."

Jemima, a DJ and promoter from just outside London, met Sigi while studying architecture together at Edinburgh University.

The event was hosted at the Ceilidh Place.

WATCH the programme on iPlayer

Ullapool. Picture: Iona MacDonald
Ullapool. Picture: Iona MacDonald

Manager Jock Urquhart called the club night "the collective coming together and sharing of music", and so similar to the traditional idea of a ceilidh.

Sigi addresses stereotypes about growing up in a remote part of Wester Ross. He said: "People would say you're so lucky, it's so beautiful and it's like yes but you don't even look twice at it. One of the things I have quite a lot is almost like a guilt about that. I loved growing up in Ullapool and I think doing this night is in a way me trying to make myself feel better."

Looking to city club nights, he said: "I thought it would be nice to have that type of fun here and be able to walk to your house afterwards."

His mum Eva, a former local primary school teacher, notes that when people from the area go away to university, few tend to return.

The documentary shows images of the village's famous creel tree and winter lights in the lead up to the night.

Marcus, a local DJ, give the opportunity to make a debut on the decks, said: "This is a big thing for the village. Nothing like this has happened in years."

The reaction from those attending was upbeat: "To be able to go something like this five minutes from where we live is just amazing."

Sigi says later: "If baile/baile is the spark that ignites a club scene in Ullapool then that would be amazing."

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