Packed pro­gramme for Skye Fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

SKYE’S ‘awe­somely beau­ti­ful’ and ‘per­cus­sively pow­er­ful’ Gaelic singer, Anne Martin, opened the 2017 Skye Fes­ti­val – Fèis an Eilein – on Wed­nes­day with the world premiere of her ex­cit­ing mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion en­ti­tled


De­vel­oped from Ceu­man­nan, an in­ter- cul­tural song com­mis­sion with Manch­ester-based sound artist Ja­son Singh, the project won a PRS Foun­da­tion award and was given a 15-minute show­case at the Hull In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val be­fore mov­ing to Skye and then to Lon­don’s South­bank.

Anne re­turns to Sleat on Au­gust 2 to sing a col­lec­tion of Gaelic songs from An Le­ab­har Liath, re­veal­ing the risqué ref­er­ences in Gaelic song that have been lost over time. She ap­pears with Ian MacPher­son, Peter Mackay and In­grid Hen­der­son.

De­liv­ered to the Isle of Skye by Sleat- based per­form­ing arts pro­mot­ers, SEALL (Skye Events for All), the Skye Fes­ti­val – Fèis an Eilein – is a cel­e­bra­tion of is­land cul­ture and per­form­ing arts and runs un­til Au­gust 28 in venues around the south of Skye.

Tra­di­tion­ally, the fèis has had a strong fo­cus on Scots trad mu­sic and 2017 is no ex­cep­tion with con­certs tak­ing place by some of the coun­try’s most re­spected mu­si­cians, plus a few in­ter­na­tional stars.

This year the line-up in­cludes a per­for­mance by Char­lie McKer­ron, Marc Cle­ment and ‘ friends’ (Au­gust 8); a cèilidh night with Fergie Mac­Don­ald (July 18); a mam­moth fid­dle night with Alas­tair Fraser (July 28); a con­cert fea­tur­ing Don­ald Black and Martin Skene (July 30); an evening with singer Mar­garet Ste­wart and In­grid Hen­der­son (Au­gust 9); and a stun­ning con­cert fea­tur­ing four of Scot­land’s top trad mu­si­cians − fid­dle player Adam Suther­land, singer Mairearad Green, Hamish Napier (flute and whis­tle) and Blazin’ Fid­dles gui­tarist Anna Massie − will take place on Au­gust 22.

There is more tra­di­tional mu­sic with the Isle of Skye Pip­ing So­ci­ety with the Caim­beul Fam­ily on Au­gust 15 and a ‘Sophab­u­lous’ step dance week­end of work­shops with So­phie Stephen­son.

Scot­land’s fore­most youth jazz en­sem­ble, the NYOS Jazz Orches­tra brings more than 30 mu­si­cians to Sab­hal Mòr Os­taig on July 15 to per­form Road Trip to the Amer­i­cas – a wide range of big band reper­toire.

For lovers of clas­si­cal mu­sic, Skye and Lochalsh- based choir In­ner Sound will per­form Gil­bert and Sul­li­van’s Pa­tience on July 21, while stu­dents from Sab­hal Mòr Os­taig join forces with the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land for a ‘Raasay Night’ on Au­gust 18 fea­tur­ing the mu­sic of El­iza Ross.

There is more mu­sic from Latin gui­tarist Ed­uardo Niebla (July 31); new acous­tic cham­ber-folk from Scot­land and Aus­tralia, The String Con­tin­gent (Au- gust 14); and Scot­land’s con­tem­po­rary mu­sic en­sem­ble, The Red Note En­sem­ble, will play out the fes­ti­val on Au­gust 28.

The cir­cus comes to town this week­end in­side the Mag­pie Tent at Kyleakin Hall. Fun en­ter­tain­ment is guar­an­teed for all the fam­ily in Let’s Cir­cus school and work­shops, daily per­for­mances and a cèilidh to round it all off. Film show­ings and a po­etry read­ing from cel­e­brated Ir­ish poet Michael Lon­g­ley com­pletes a packed pro­gramme of qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment over the sum­mer months on Skye.

As well as the fèis, there are many other events and exhibitions around the south of Skye dur­ing the months of July and Au­gust and the fes­ti­val at­mos­phere con­tin­ues with a num­ber of lively fringe events. Th­ese in­clude exhibitions of lo­cal arts and crafts, cèilidhs, house par­ties and con­certs, char­ity cafès, as well as folk club and open mu­sic ses­sions.

For full de­tails of times, venues, lo­cal in­for­ma­tion and to book tick­ets, pick up a pro­gramme from out­lets across the is­land, or con­tact SEALL on 01471 844207, info@

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