Bands join forces for tour of is­lands

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

This Novem­ber, He­cla and Sian are set­ting sail on a dou­ble-header tour of the Western Isles.

The tour sees a new col­lab­o­ra­tion between two bands who are es­tab­lish­ing them­selves in the tra­di­tional mu­sic world.

Au­di­ences in Barra, South Uist, North Uist, Lewis and Skye can look for­ward to a pro­gramme of mu­sic from the Gaelic song, pip­ing and fiddle tra­di­tions, thanks to sup­port from Fèisean nan Gàid­heal’s Tas­gadh fund.

Three of Scot­land’s finest Gaelic singers – Eilidh Cor­mack, Ellen Mac­Don­ald and Ceitlin L R Smith – joined forces in 2016 to cre­ate the sound of Sian, a project orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for the Blas Fes­ti­val.

With a pow­er­ful col­lec­tive sound, rep­re­sent­ing their wealth of in­di­vid­ual ex­pe­ri­ence, the band have gone on to per­form at the SSE Hy­dro and Glas­gow Royal Con­cert Hall among other venues, and mostly re­cently fea­tured on Nite­works’ sin­gle Air Fàir an Là, re­leased in July.

In­stru­men­tal trio He­cla will per­form along­side Sian, bring­ing fresh ar­range­ments of tra­di­tional tunes on pipes, fiddle, flute and guitar. He­cla was formed at Ben­bec­ula Col­lege UHI and re­leased their de­but EP in Jan­uary 2017. Since then, the band has per­formed at a range of fes­ti­vals, in­clud­ing He­bCelt, Lori­ent and Celtic Con­nec­tions as well as be­ing fea­tured on pro­grammes for BBC Alba and BBC Ra­dio Scot­land.

The He­cla and Sian tour dates are: Tues­day Novem­ber 20, Barra, North­bay Hall; Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 21, South Uist, St Pe­ter’s Hall, Dal­iburgh; Thurs­day Novem­ber 22, North Uist, Clad­dach Kirk­i­bost Cen­tre; Fri­day Novem­ber 23, Lewis, Wood­lands Cen­tre, Stornoway; Satur­day Novem­ber 24, Skye, An Crùbh, Sleat.

Tick­ets are avail­able from www.sian-mu­ gigs/, lo­cally in shops and venues, and at the door on the evening.

Eilidh Cor­mack, Ellen Mac­Don­ald and Ceitlin L R Smith are the sound of Sian.

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