Archives for August 2017

BLAS festival comes to Sleat

The Highlands’ premier Gaelic music festival descends on Sabhal Mòr Ostaig next month with two days of world-class performances by some of the best traditional artists in the country.

Duncan Chisholm, Mànran, Jarlath Henderson, Ali Hutton, Mischa MacPherson, Innes White, Megan Henderson and Hecla will appear over the weekend of 8 and 9 September as part of the Blas Festival – Fèisean nan Gàidheal – which kicks off at the beginning of the month in venues across the Highlands, Argyll and the Western Isles.

On Friday, 8 September, at 7.30pm, one of Scotland’s all-time great fiddle players, Duncan Chisholm, will perform at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s main hall. He will be accompanied by two of the country’s most celebrated pipers, Jarlath Henderson and Ali Hutton. Support on the night is from Hebridean musician Mischa MacPherson who will be joined by two accomplished and empathetic musicians – guitarist Innes White and fiddle player Megan Henderson of Breabach.

Mighty trad supergroup Mànran come to An Talla Mòr on Saturday, 9 September, at 8pm. They will be supported by Hebridean music trio, Hecla, and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s young musical talent Ceilear Fèis an Earraich.

Mànran are one of the most well-known and best-loved Scottish bands of today. The 2011 launch of their debut single, Latha Math, heralded a meteoric rise to the top of the Scottish music scene that quickly saw them begin to play many of the most prestigious festivals around the world. From then, multi-award-winning albums followed as the band continued to live up to the hype that surrounded their early release, while establishing their characteristic sound and distinctive approach to musical arrangements.

Hecla is a traditional music trio based in the Outer Hebrides. Featuring Ailis Sutherland (pipes/whistle), Ilona Kennedy (fiddle) and Kaitlin Ross (guitar/vocals), Hecla present beautiful, crisp and energetic arrangements of traditional Gaelic songs and instrumentals.

 SEALL artistic director, Duncan MacInnes, said: “Blas is a celebration of our music and traditions and a cultural showcase for the Highlands, which is very much what SEALL is all about.

“We are delighted to be part of the Festival for another year. We have hosted events for Blas since it piloted in 2004 and, through the programmes, have had a great excuse to welcome some of the best musicians in Scotland back to our stages.”

Festival finishes on a high

“It was a genuine privilege to be entertained by such wonderfully talented musicians.” A visitor at the last traditonal concert which played to a SOLD OUT audience with Mairearad Green, Anna Massie, Adam Sutherland and Hamish Napier. With just one more event to go, the Skye Festival has brought some extraordinary music and film, from many briliant performers.

Coming Soon – Three Blas Festival events

SEALL is delighted to have been offerred three events in this year’s Highland-wide Blas Festival. Two new Short Gaelic Plays will be presented at lunhtime on Wednesday 6 September; Duncan Chisholm are joined by the Mischa MacPherson Trio on Friday 8 September and finally Mànran are joined by Hecla and the Cèilidh trialers on Saturday 9 September.

Charity Cafe raises £1000 for Young People’s theatre

The SEALL Charity Café during the Skye Festival raised around £1000 for our Theatre for Young People fund. We want to expand the amount of good quality children’s events we promote and this was a good start. A good time was had by all at the Café. Thanks to the 12 helpers and all the supporters who provided food, raffle prizes and then came and ate it!

Duncan shortlisted for NRTF Special Award

Duncan MacInnes, the artistic director of SEALL and the Skye Festival, was recently shortlisted for the new ‘Speical Award’at the recent gathering in Nottingham of the National Rural Touring Forum. He was one of three, and the only one from Scotland, to get this accolade for an outstanding contribution to Rural Touring in the UK.

Bilingual website

We are in the process of bilingualising this website. The tabs on each event saying ‘click here for Gaelic’ will soon be operational – but not quite yet!