Traditional music by some of the best musicians from Scotland and Spain is the theme for this week's programme in the 2018 Féis an Eilein, the Skye Festival.
Delivered to venues in the south of Skye by live event organisation SEALL, the annual festival is a two-month-long celebration of performing arts and island culture and takes place this year between 3 July and 28 August.
On Saturday 11 August celebrated classical string quartet, The Routes Quartet, come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mhòr. They will deliver their hallmark blend of folk and classical music with a Scottish and Irish influence. As well as an evening concert, Routes will also be leading an afternoon workshop for intermediate musicians in either the folk or classical traditions.
Charlie McKerron is internationally regarded as one of Scotland's finest fiddle players and is a regular visitor to the Féis an Eilein and SEALL events. He comes to TDC main hall on Tuesday, 14 August and will be joined by guitarist Marc Clement.
Orcadian duo Saltfish Forty have won a devoted following throughout the UK and beyond, successfully transcending the duo format's conventional confines. They come to An Talla Mhòr on Friday 17 August.
Tuesday, 21 August brings an evening of exciting, passionate and powerful music from northwest Spain when multi-award-winning maestro of the Galician gaita, Anxo Lorenzo, performs a concert with his band in TDC main hall. Anxo is renowned for his high octane, mesmerising performances and is a pioneer of the gaita pipe in a wide array of musical genres. Prepare to be spell-bound.
Highland fiddle player Adam Sutherland is the recent MG Alba Scots Trad awards composer of the year. The outstanding musicians in his band – Marc Clement on guitar, Angus Lyon on accordion, Hamish Napier on keys, Iain Copeland on drums and John Paul Spiers on bass - include members of Sesssion A9, Blazin' Fiddles, Sketch, Nae Plans and Hue and Cry. They will perform the hits from Adam's first record Squall as well as material from his new solo album Some Other Land. The concert takes place in TDC main hall on Wednesday 22 August.
For something completely different, three of Scotland's most popular crime writers come to Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum of the Isles on Sunday 12 August. Michael J Malone, Caro Ramsay and Douglas Skelton will be holding afternoon workshops for writers of any discipline and a meet the authors talk in the evening for readers, writers and lovers of crime fiction. For the Féis, Armadale Castle is offering any ticket holder the chance to explore the castle and grounds for £2.50. They are also opening Gasta at Armadale in the Stables for a special pre-theatre meal between the workshops and talks.
For further information and tickets to Féis an Eilein events, visit www.skyefestival.scot.