the IONA VILLAGE HALL MUSIC FESTIVAL ISLE of IONA
IONA Music Festival once again proved to be a place for innovation in music in a line-up that included Mercury prize nominees and internationally famous musicians.
The mixture of modern independent and electric pop music managed to draw a capacity crowd to the island for the third annual festival.
This year, children from the island’s primary school were conducted expertly by Zoe MacCallum and after singing their set and an encore they were given the loudest cheer of the day by a capacity crowd. The addition of the children ‘grounded the event on the island’, said Fiona Ferguson of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.
Congratulating the island organisers, she said the event was very special and the fact that it was small, with only 250 tickets being sold for the event, and the internationally-acclaimed artists performing made it a unique event in Scotland.
Lesley Smart from Lochaline who was at the event for the first time said it was refreshing to be at an event on the islands that was showcasing very modern music.
Nerves had disappeared after the performance. The children are pictured with Zoe MacCallum, the school choir conductor, and musician Sorren MacLean from Mull who accompanied the children on the guitar.
Iona Primary School pupils anxiously wait to be called to the stage for performances of hits made famous by Adele, Paulo Nuttino and the Beach Boys. The youngsters received a standing ovation after their set.
Makar Liz Lochead takes to the stage for a recitation of many of her poems. She was warmly received by the crowd.
Fiona Ferguson and Gemma Stewart enjoyed the nice weather at the music festival.