SEALL in Newfoundland

As if SEALL does not already receive lots of great performers, Duncan is at the Contact East Showcase in St John’s Newfoundland along with a party of around 10 rural promoters from the UK. Lots of bands and theatre and conversations with other venues and promoters in Atlantic Canada. How about a Gothic band playing the deep spirituality of the Amerindians with a bit of Scandinavian and Celtic ritual? Note man in black kilt. Hmm …

Our Autumn Programme is now out

Our programme of some wonderful events up to the end of the year is now published.

If you have not managed to pick up a print copy yet, you can see it online HERE

Printed Festival programme now out

Afer a delay when our 5,000 programmes went missing in transit, we are now doing our best to get them delivered around the Island. You can alos download it from Feis 2018 Programme 2. Skye is also blitzed with Festival Banners. If you notice any going missing, please let us know – they have been ‘borrowed’ in the past!

Pirates sing to a Full House

Inner Sound presented another night of top quality Gilbert and Sullivan to a full house on 13 July during the Skye Festival. This was a revival of The Priates of Penzance they presented 7 years ago. The start, as usual were the young soloists and chorus members. They took the concert to Portree, Kyleaking and Eden Court, “but our home is always with SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig”, said Anne Lampard, musical director.

Good music and cream teas

The Skye Festival decided that a Saturday afternoon should include good music, tea and cakes. The Ceilidh Trailers came along and played the second concert and dance of the Festival,  and the SEALL supporters came up with the cake. Thank you everyone. “The Best gig we have ever played at” said the Trailers. “We aim for a lifetime of playing music and eating cake.”

Duncan’s Report from the PEI Small Halls Festival

With SEALL gearing up to a Festival of Small Halls in November, Duncan visited the founding Festival in Prince Edward Island in June. You can read all about it HERE

SEALL’s new video

A 3 minute video, featuring music recorded by Malin Lewis and Hector MacInnes with images from SEALL’s programming and words from Duncan MacInnes, Marie Lewis and Boyd Robertson is now complete.

Get your Festival Programme here

The printed programme is at the printers and should be delivered to us on Thursday 12 July. Meanwhile you can browse and download it from Feis 2018 Programme 2.

SEALL’s new signs

With funding support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, SEALL has erected new signage around An Talla Mhòr and our offices An Seòmar Uine, the Green Room. It is with good authority from Senior Management at SMO that we will continue to refer to ‘An Talla Mhòr’ in all circumstances – ‘talla’ can be either feminine or masculine!  see The Essential Gaelic Dictionary. This will, of course, promote a lengthy discussion amongst linguists . . .

14 June – Ballads and Stories

Thursday 14 June at 8pm ~ Diardaoin 14 An t-Ogmhios, 8f

A’ Seinn na Sgeulachd: Bàs Chonnlaoich (‘Singing the Story: The Death of Connlaoch’)

As part of Ulidia Finn 2018, a conference on the Ulster Cycle and Finn Cycle tales

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC, the main hall.

From chiefs’ halls to cèilidh-houses, heroic ballads and the stories they told have been at the heart of Gaelic culture for centuries. Two exceptional performers, singer Margaret Stewart and musician and storyteller Pàdruig Morrison, will use tale and ballad to tell the story of Connlaoch, son of the Scottish warrior-princess Aoife and the Irish hero Cú Chulainn, and his death at the hands of his own father.

Performance in Gaelic with provision in English

There is no need to book – just come along on the night. All tickets £5, Young ones free.

More information on www.ulidiafinn2018.scot

With the support of the Hope Scott Trust and the Royal Celtic Society.