Archives for February 2015

‘Cèol on the Croft’ Festival

SEALL is deligthed to support the brilliant ‘Cèol on the Croft’ festival in Kilmuir on 29 and 30 May. Line-up so far includes

Cèol on the croft marquee

Friday 29th May 2015 ~ Buille and Skipinnish

Saturday 30th May 2015 ~ The Lowground, dàimhMÒR : the BIG band, Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band

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Gates open 1 hour before  (Friday 6:00pm – Sat 3:30pm)
NOTE ~ SEALL is NOT takings bookings on this site but instructions are here:
Full (two evening) ticket to be announced
(There is a limited number of £1 tickets for under 14 year olds (priority to those with a Trotternish address), which will only be sold alongside a full paying ticket. One £50 ticket can purchase a £1 ticket for under 14’s.)
This is what you need to do:
Send a ticket request to
We suggest you cut and paste this form
Email address:
Number of tickets required @ £? :
Number of U14 Tickets required @ £1:
(only one per full price ticket allowed – subject to availability)
Your emailed request will reserve you a ticket
You will receive details of BACS payment and a unique reference number – which MUST be use on the BACS payment details – otherwise we won’t know that it is your tickets you have paid for.
When we have confirmation of BACS payment we will email an e-ticket, which you should print out and bring with you with proof of identity on the night
You will then exchange the e-ticket for your festival wristband.
We hope to do all this as efficiently as possible – bear with us if there any delays or system crashes . . .
Cèol on the Croft organisers

Help make these people happy !

We have a team of Front of House volunteers who sell tickets and raffle tickets, help set up and clear up afterwards at each of our events.  In return they get free entry and a joyous sense of fulment !  We are now looking for volunteers for our spring events and if you would like to be one then contact us now at

Lochan Concert with The Piatti Quartet

Tuesday 24 February ~ A last minute shout for you to head over to Dornie Hall at 8pm for LOCHAN’s great classical concert with the Piatti Quartet. Mozart – Quartet in B flat major, K.589 ‘Prussian’ Quartet; Ravel – String Quartet in F Major; Beethoven – Op.59 No.1 in F major.
Box office 01599 522253 or tickets on the door. There will be a bar + tea and coffee! Ask nicely and you might get a discount with your SEALL Membership!

SEALL is a major part of Sleat’s Tourism business

SEALL is delighted to be surrounded by a selection of great hotels and a wide range of other accommodations, all supported by our area agency Visit Sleat. It is very apparent that one of the main reasons people stay extra nights in the area, is because they discover one of our concerts, cèilidhs or theatre events. More and more often, people are booking an event and then looking for accommodation in the area. In this blog we highlight the link with Hotel Eilein Iarmain in Isleornsay  which offers good pre-event meals and music in the bar.


SEALL offers local charities raffle fund-raising opportunities

SEALL is offering local groups the chance to run a raffle at one of SEALL’s music concerts. Make your request to SEALL and we will choose which event. You then run the raffle and keep the income, SEALL might even add in an event voucher of its own. While raffles play an important part in SEALL’s budget to bring quality events, SEALL is a community group and realises there are other hard-working volunteers and organisations who would benefit from the opportunity. Just contact SEALL now on or ring on 01471 844207

‘Lifeboat’ theatre – two connections with Sleat

The recent play by Catherine Wheels Theatre, called ‘Lifeboat’ about two young girls on the ill-fated ship ‘The City of Benares’ was performed to over 70 children in early February, from Bun-sgoil Shlèite and Broadford Primary School.  Two local connections became apparent:

Only a few days before the show SEALL learned that the late Colin MacDonald of Caligarry, Sleat was also aboard the ‘Benares’ and fortunately survived. He was a Chief Engineer of the line, on his way to pick up another ship in Canada. His great-grandson was in the audience, and his daughter, Sheena Threlfall was at the evening show, where she was able to share details of his story with the theatre company.

Of more remote connectedness was that one of the characters was Ruby Grierson, a British film maker and brother of the great John Grierson. She was traveling with the evacuated children to make a documentary, but sadly did not survive. Duncan MacInnes of SEALL was greatly interested in this link as his daughter-in-law is a neice of Ruby, and thus his grandson is Gus Grierson MacInnes.