The Skye Festival has announced the line-up for a long-hot summer with 70 events throughout July and August.
Also known as Fèis an Eilein, it is organised by SEALL or Skye Events for All, one of the UK’s liveliest and longest running local promoting organisations. Based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College, on the Isle of Skye, SEALL brings together a wide range of culturally diverse events alongside a programme of community led cafes, exhibitions and house concerts. This year SEALL celebrates its 25th birthday.
Duncan MacInnes, Director of the Festival says: “We are delighted that the community of south Skye has again helped us create two months of great events in several intimate venues. The programme is worthy of a major city venue and has a major impact on the cultural tourism of the area, as well as attracting many residents who enjoy the events and help make it all happen.”
The programme includes outstanding traditional music such as include the ‘Tosta’ pop-up festival village from the Basque Country and Alasdair Fraser, who celebrates 30 years of his immensely popular Summer Fiddle Camps. Also listed are the fiddler Charlie McKerron, Brighde Chaimbeul who is this year’s Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner of the Year, Fergie Macdonald of button-box fame, and the Gaelic super-group ‘Tional’.
Two of Scotland’s major orchestras make a visit. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland finish their week’s residency with a big-band style concert featuring Leanne Carroll and Iain Bellamy, while the Scottish Chamber Orchestra string-section makes second visit to south Skye.
‘Let’s Circus’ brings some family fun and workshops in their big tent and Skye’s Gilbert and Sullivan society presents ‘Iolanthe’. Amongst all this are house concerts, workshops, walks and several art exhibitions.
Finally ‘Blazin’ Fiddles’ will help SEALL and the Skye Festival throw a grand 25th Birthday Party.