Chilli Pipers are the red hot ticket for Blas Fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THIS year’s Blas Fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate the mu­sic of the High­land bag­pipes with lead­ing solo per­form­ers, tra­di­tional groups and an act which brings the mu­sic of the pipes to a world­wide au­di­ence – with a twist.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers re­turn to Blas with a per­for­mance at the Ne­vis Cen­tre in Fort Wil­liam on Fri­day Septem­ber 2. With a sum­mer of fes­ti­vals and Euro­pean tour­ing, the band will be in fine fet­tle as they bring their bag­pipes with at­ti­tude to a Lochaber au­di­ence.

There will be a warm Blas wel­come for Cape Bre­ton band Nual­lan, who make their first trip to the fes­ti­val. The group, who were formed in 2012, fea­ture lead­ing Cana­dian pipers Keith Mac­Don­ald, Kevin Du­gas and Ken­neth MacKen­zie, who rep­re­sent and pro­mote the Gaelic style of pip­ing brought to Cape Bre­ton, main­land Nova Sco­tia and fur­ther afield from the High­lands and Is­lands of Scot­land some 200 years ago. Their fes­ti­val sched­ule will take them to a host of venues across the High­lands and Argyll.

Pip­ing fea­tures strongly through­out the pro­gramme, with mul­ti­award-win­ner An­gus MacColl, Trail West, Kilda, Ra­dio 2 Young Folk Award Win­ner 2016 Brìghde Chaim­beul, Lochalsh Ju­nior Pipe Band and many more ap­pear­ing at events through­out the fes­ti­val.

There will be a set or two on the pipes at the 80th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions of Rona Light­foot in In­ver­ness Cathe­dral on the open­ing night of the fes­ti­val, Fri­day Septem­ber 2. Rona en­joyed much suc­cess as a com­pe­ti­tion piper and will be joined by Glenuig brothers, Iain and Al­lan Mac­Don­ald, Al­lan Hen­der­son, Iain MacFar­lane and singers Mar­garet Ste­wart, Mairi Macinnes and Paul McCal­lum at her spe­cial birth­day bash.

The Blas Fes­ti­val will take place from Septem­ber 2 to 10, and full de­tails of all events and how to buy tick­ets can be found at www. blas-fes­ti­


Above: Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Be­low: Brìghde Chaim­beul.

Rona Light­foot.

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