Young Fiddle Bursary at Alasdair Fraser’s Summer Camp

Do you know of a young fiddler looking for a place at the SMO Fiddle camp?

SEALL is offering to give one young fiddle player from the Skye and Lochalsh area the chance to attend the prestigious Alasdair Fraser Fiddle Camp at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in July. The bursary will cover fees and accommodation, Anyone between the ages of 18 and 26, who is on a low income and who has a basic knowledge of fiddle playing, is invited to apply, regardless of ability.

The course takes place between 21 and 27 July and includes a range of unique workshops, lively performances and the opportunity to get to know other musicians and participate in group work for all abilities. Classes are held daily and sessions/concerts are enjoyed nightly, with a huge final public cèilidh on the 27 July.

The camp, which runs alongside a cello course by Natalie Haas, holds the unique honour of being the only one taught by Alasdair in the whole of the UK, and each year students from Scotland and around the globe return to join Alasdair and Natalie in creating a unique experience on Skye.

SEALL production manager, Marie Lewis, said: “Twenty eighteen is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People and a celebration of an inspiring and gifted generation of creative thinkers and high achievers.

 “The year, in particular, is about providing opportunities for young people to achieve and grow by showcasing their extraordinary contribution to communities, innovation, the environment and culture.

“We wanted to play our part in this celebration for young people in Skye and Lochalsh and came up with the idea of a bursary for Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle Camp week. We are focusing on an independent young person who would benefit from the experience but whose income is too low to be able to afford the fees and accommodation.”

The course is attended by over 100 fiddle players from all over the world who come to play and learn the instrument in a fun, friendly and non-competitive environment.

Marie added: “This really is an excellent course. People return every year for the experience and the week gets booked up very early in the year. It is already fully booked.

“Alasdair brings people together to make music, regardless of ability. He has people who play in philharmonic orchestras playing alongside complete beginners and everyone feels as if they are a member of a big musical family. What is also good about this course is that it is very democratic. There is no selection process, no pressure to achieve and attendees here make friends for life.

“We would encourage applications from anyone from Skye and Lochalsh who is between the age of 18 to 26, looking for a very special chance to make music and friends in one of Scotland’s most beautiful environments.”

For further information and an application form, contact Marie on 01471 844207 or email marie@seall.co.uk. Deadline for applications is Friday, 18 May.

SEALL’s Memory sharing session

SEALL has been promoting since 1991. Have you been coming to SEALL events for some time? Have you got stories relating to concerts, theatre and events? SEALL is a member of The Touring Network who are also creating an exhibition relating to Highland-wide touring in the last 20 years. They are running a Memory-sharing session on Saturday 31 March, from 6-7pm just before the Mike Vass concert. Please let us know you are coming by going HERE

Blasad Gàidhlig – Gaelic on Holiday

Every Wednesday, 3-4pm – An introduction to Gaelic

Abairtean, ainmean-àite, eachdraidh, cultar…

Gaelic is the native language of this area and you will find it all around you, on place-names, road signs and spoken by many in the community. Come along for an informal introduction to the Gaelic language and culture and learn a little Gaelic. For complete beginners. Fàilte ron a h-uile duine! Saor an asgaidh. Everybody welcome! Free entry. In the meeting room, upstairs in the Iain Noble Building, across the road from the main entrance to the College Campus.

SEALL all go to the end of December

SEALL is delighted that we have been given the go-ahead by Creative Scotland with our programme of events up to the end of December. A generous funding package allows us to expand our events and develop our quality management of those events (thankyou Marie Lewis and Sara Bain) from March to the end of the year.
We are now working hard to complete funding for the Skye Festival in July and August.

The Full Colour Programme is HERE

SEALL’s new Spring 2018 full colour programme has been sent to the printers so will be available very soon. Then you can sit in the comfort of your bath and digest the wonderful list of events up to June. Download your copy of the SPRING  PROGRAMME

Look out for event changes

Once we publish an event it then gets into all sorts of public listings. If the event has to be changed it is impossible for us to change all those listings. So always keep a look out here for changes, or make sure you are getting our weeklly email or find us on Facebook.

SEALL at Showcase Scotland

SEALL was well represented at the recent 5-day Showcase Scotland gathering in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections. They met with over 120 international festival and event organisers, attended meetings and the Trade Fair, and worked hard all day and all evening seeing more than 25 different bands. It is tiring work but someone has to do it. We also distributed 300 Skye Festival postcards around the venues.

Event no 1,000 or 1,504?

SEALL’s 1000th event in 2014 was fake news! We have been updating our archival database of every event we have promoted since 1991. Our wonderful celebration on 3 May 2014 now appears to have been event no 1,504! To date we have reached 1,808 – so not long to 2,000! Soon you will be able to see the complete list.

Coming soon for 2018

In a couple of weeks this space will be filled with a programme of wonderful events for 2018. Just making the final confirmations before we go live.

Breakish Folk CLub

Occasionally we are very happy to support other like-minded groups – particualrly when our own programme is a bit thin!

Breakish Folk Club presents Allan MacDonald

5th February 2018 at 7.30 pm in Breakish Hall.

“The single most important living source of Gaelic musical culture.” (John Purser)

£5/£3 Reserve your tickets at: breakishfolkclub@gmail.com