Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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THE eighth Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has been hailed as an­other fan­tas­tic suc­cess with thou­sands of peo­ple com­ing to be part of a fun-packed week­end of top class en­ter­tain­ment, good food and great craic.

Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val wel­comed the most campers over its eight years, with an in­creased ca­pac­ity fam­ily camp­site, camper­van site and glamp­ing tents all be­ing sold out. More campers than be­fore also stayed on the is­land for the full five nights that the camp­sites were open.

The week­end fin­ished with a day full of sun­shine but the first night of the fes­ti­val brought with it rain and wind and a few campers were dis­placed due to their tents be­ing af­fected by the weather.

Once again, TMF went out of its way to en­sure these campers were re-homed and a large group from Bre­men, Lon­don, Les­ma­hagow and Bridge of Al­lan were all pro­vided with an al­ter­na­tive tent to sleep in on Fri­day and Satur­day night be­fore the TMF team helped them re­pair their own tent on Sun­day.

The is­land’s new Tyree Gin was of­fi­cially launched at this year’s fes­ti­val and was such a hit with the TMF au­di­ence that the fes­ti­val and ev­ery shop on the is­land ran out of tonic. The new ad­di­tion to the He­bridean gin is a true taste of Tiree with the flavour com­ing from six lo­cal botan­i­cals.

The week­end kicked off on Fri­day with a full house for a num­ber of lo­cal bands. The au­di­ence then en­joyed mu­sic from CalMac cul­ture win­ners The Sea At­las, en­thu­si­as­tic five-piece Dosca, singer-song­writer Mar­i­anne Fraser, The Saw Doc­tors Anto, young and en­er­getic folk band Heron Val­ley, Glas­gow’s Have Mercy Las Ve­gas, singer-song­writer Dean Owens and his trio, Ire­land’s Jig Jam, crowd-pleasers Jam Sand­wich and, fi­nally, the night fin­ished with a bang with the is­land’s own Skip­in­nish.

Satur­day wel­comed Scot­tish leg­end Dougie Ma­cLean, who is one of Scot­tish’s long­est serv­ing per­form­ers with more than 40 years un­der his belt. On the newer end of her mu­si­cal ca­reer, TMF also wel­comed Tamzene, the first sign­ing to new la­bel Bel­ladrum Records, who wowed the crowds with her amaz­ing vo­cals. Tide Lines cel­e­brated their first birth­day with an en­er­getic au­di­ence after per­form­ing their first gig at last year’s fes­ti­val. The sec­ond night drew to a close with mil­lion sell­ing Bri­tish pop band Scout­ing for Girls who went down a storm.

Sun­day opened with the sun shin­ing and the leg­endary Gunna Sound revving up the crowd. Eng­land’s Gentle­men of Few per­formed their last gig of the fes­ti­val and High­land born ac­cor­dion­ist and found­ing mem­ber of Màn­ran, Gary Innes per­formed.

Multi-award winning Sk­er­ryvore, who formed on Tiree in 2004, closed the fes­ti­val with a lively crowd singing, cheer­ing and foot-stomp­ing.

As a pre­view to the fes­ti­val TMF fol­lowed the jour­ney of some fes­ti­val go-ers on the way to this year’s fes­ti­val, you can watch their jour­neys to the beau­ti­ful is­land here - https:// youtu.be/iMzLYFBE65M

TMF di­rec­tor Ste­wart MacLen­nan said: ‘ This year has been amaz­ing. The au­di­ence has been one of the best yet and the acts that per­formed have been un­for­get­table.

‘The sun­shine fi­nally came out for us but we were re­ally pleased to be able to help the campers who needed it on Fri­day night. I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank our 100-strong team of vol­un­teers, some of whom took a num­ber of the tent-less fam- ilies into their own homes on Fri­day night. With­out them, the fes­ti­val would not be pos­si­ble and we re­ally can’t thank them enough.’

The full 2017 line-up in­cluded Scout­ing for Girls, Dougie Ma­cLean, FunBox, Skip­in­nish, Sk­er­ryvore, Tide Lines, Siob­han Miller, Gary Innes, JigJam, Gunna Sound, Trail West, Heron Val­ley, Gentle­men of Few, Have Mercy Las Ve­gas, Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts, Dosca, Jam Sand­wich, Cor­naig Ceilidh Band, Dùn Mòr, The De­fend­ers, Tamzene, So­phie Rogers, Mar­i­anne Fraser and The Sea At­las.

Pho­tographs by Alan Pee­bles.

The eighth year of the Tiree Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2017.

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