Better sound, bigger sound with SEALL

Just arrived – new speakers and bass bins, waiting to be unpacked and still looking for someone to come and help us run them. Interested? Talk to us on info@seall.co.uk

Late Spring new programme

The Spring 2 Programme is now out in various palces around Skye – or see your copy HERE

Get booking now – events are selling well!

Welcome to Alissa Smith

We are delighted to introduce Alissa Smith, our new Administrative Assistant. She will be working with SEALL two days a week and will support the general administration and finance work of Marie Lewis. Alissa is also be responsibile for SEALL’s Membership and Front of House team. As well as running her own business, Alissa has held had a number of high-pressure organisational posts, including festivals and weddings co-ordination, stewarding on a super yacht, reception duties, charity work and fundraising.

Sound and Lighting – still looking!

We are looking for some dynamic and enthusiastic support for SEALL’s technical needs in sound and/or lighting – for visiting bands and theatre companies during our annual programme, our summer Skye Festival and the Festival of Small Halls.

The post guarantees 50 working days a year, usually in afternoons and evenings, on a flexible basis depending on our programming. You might bwe able to help with some or all of this in all or just parts of our technical needs.

Full details and job description are available here: 2019 Sound and Lighting Engineer but we are keen to make contact with folk who can offer just some of these skills.

Please write or email to Duncan MacInnes with a cv and cover letter.

SEALL, An Seòmar Uaine, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV44 8RQ

duncan@seall.co.uk    01471 844207             www.seall.co.uk 

Nordic Fiddler Bloc fill Braes Hall

Thankyou, the good folk of Braes for supporting a brilliant concert of Shetland and Nordic fiddler msuic on 4 March. The hall was full and we were treated to a brilliant opening set from sister Jos and Elsa Galbraith whcih received a well earned call for an encore. Kevin Henderson, Olav Mjelva and Anders Hall re really quite outstanding in their field, ranging from finger-skipping Nordic tunes to slow airs almost Bach-like in their composition.

SEALL springs into 2019

DOWNLOAD SEALL’S NEW 2019 SPRING PROGRAMME FROM HERE

Mass fiddles, a silent film from the 1920s, an eerie opera, one of Scotland’s most popular female authors, dance performances and workshops are all part of the coming month’s performances in SEALL’s 2019 Spring programme.

Kicking-off a brand new year for SEALL events is Alasdair Fraser and the San Francisco Fiddlers. The master Scottish Fiddler and over 30 musicians visit Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Monday, 28 January for a free informal music session, and will give a concert on Tuesday 29 January.

On Saturday 9 February, audiences have a chance to watch an extraordinary silent film from the 1920s. The Wonder of Creation (Wunder der Schöpfung) will be screened in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s TDC main hall with a live musical score by Herschel 36, the Glasgow-based composers and improvisors Stuart Brown and Paul Harrison.

Skye’s Ann Lampard MBE leads her team of talented local singers, Inner Sound, to bring The Medium, Gian Carlo Minotti’s 1920s’ two-act opera, to audiences in TDC Main Hall on Saturday 23 February. This is an eerie tale of Madame Flora, a bogus medium whose encounter with a real ghost turns her world upside down.

Internationally-acclaimed Scottish author Janice Galloway opens a new season for the Sligachan Hotel on Thursday 14 February in a special treat for Valentines’ Day. As part of SEALL’s live literature events, Janice will explore the complex world of love, relationships and the rearing of children in modern times. The evening includes a reading or two, a chance for a chat and observations as to how the world turns now. As well as the evening talk, Janice will also be holding a discussion group for readers and writers at 2pm. The event is supported by the Scottish Book Trust.

The event heralds a new phase in the Sligachan Hotel’s on-going refurbishments and the new transformation of their popular MacKenzie’s Bar and Collie’s Lounge which will include a brand new gin bar. On the evening, the hotel will be serving a wide choice of gins and a special Valentines’ menu and everyone is welcome.

On Monday 25 February, comedy dance company Shaper/Caper present The Unwanted. With comedy songs specially written by Mark Franks of The Overtones, and with lots of audience dancing and karaoke, this comedy dance theatre show makes for a great night out.

SEALL’s creative director, Duncan MacInnes MBE, said: “SEALL’s 2019 programme reflects the diversity of Scotland’s thriving performing arts sector and provide an excellent opportunity to bring the wealth of exciting talent to our rural communities.

“Our new Spring programme, detailing performances from now to 20 April, is available online from the SEALL website and printed programmes should be available to pick up from local outlets within the next few days.

“From 21 April to the end of June, look out for concerts by our finest traditional musicians including Ross Ainsley and Ali Hutton, Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Mairi Campbell and The Shee. We have included concerts and ceilidhs for Easter as well as performances from our home-grown talent: Lorayne McLucas Performing Arts Academy and the Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra.

“Also, in April, we have in store a spectacular aerial dance performance and an unusual film project with food.

“We look forward to welcoming you all.”

Festival of Small Halls an outstanding success!

The First SEALL Festival of Small Halls was an undoubted success with halls around Skye and onto the mainland either sold out of full for  8 nights of great concerts. Thank you everyone who got involved.

Click HERE to see a  loads of photos.

SMO Gaelic Play 29 Damhair 6.45f

Bidh an dealbh-chluich Taigh na Bana-bhuidsich le Buidheann Dràma Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a bhuannaich a’ Phrìomh Duais aig Mòd Dhùn Omhain, air an ùrlar san TDC Oidhche Luain aig 6.45f. Bidh fàilte romhaibh uile, a bharrachd air cèic, tì, cofaidh, fìon, sugh is msaa.

Come along on Monday 29 October at 6.45pm to see the Gaelic play taken to the Mòd by the students of SMO, with tea, coffee and cake! All welcome

An Talla Mor in spotlight

The lively history of one of Sleat’s most popular halls comes into the spotlight tonight, thanks to a resident artist.

Rachel Schmidt is the current visual artist in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and presents This is Your Life, An Talla Mòr, at the eponymous hall tonight at 7.30pm.

Working in collaboration with sound engineer Hector MacInnes and artist Caitlin MacKenzie, Rachel will use music, video and prizes to take her audience on a journey through the imagined life of the Talla Mòr.

Rachel, who is on a three-month residence through the Royal Scottish Academy, was awarded the John Schueler scholarship over 14,000 applicants.

Originally from Kansas, Rachel lives in Washington DC where she is a textile artist and sculptor.

She said: “As an artist, I am interested in exploring perspectives of climate change on the environment on both sides of the world. Scotland has a powerful relationship with its landscape and a strong creative culture. I wanted to explore this in my art practice.

“I decided to do something that was project based and spent a large amount of time taking video footage and photographs on Skye with a view to turning this into a whole new body of artwork to explore living in this landscape.”

Rachel’s project, however, took an unexpected turn when she first set foot into An Talla Mòr.

She said: “It was love at first sight! I love the energy of the hall and the way it has housed and held so many different events over the years. I see it as a beautiful sight of pilgrimage and, the more I hear about the building, the more I see how special it is. Turning the focus of the project on a community hall is also a good way of thanking that community for my time here.”

Tonight features a unique evening of fun and involves video, music and games to take audiences on an imagined journey through the life of the hall.

Rachel explained: “Some of the information is based on history and some on my interpretation of the power and resonance of the environment.

“Expect gift bags, interactive video installation, music and a raffle. Come with an open mind, a sense of fun and expect to learn about the history of this wonderful building.”

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig arts development officer, Kath MacLeod, said: “Rachel has produced a very interesting contemporary take on environmental art which has been drawn by people and place. As an environmental artist, she came to this area because of its wealth of artistic activity, culture and language.

“This is very much a contemporary art installation and not a simple history of a hall. We are delighted to have welcomed Rachel as our seventh artist in residence and hope people will come out and support her tonight.

Entry is by donation, and proceeds will go to SEALL’s Festival of Small Halls, taking place in November. A limited number of spaces are available for tonight’s show and can be reserved from HERE.

SEALL in Newfoundland

10 days in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island

Posted by Duncan MacInnes on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Duncan set off to Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island to visit two msuic showcases, in September. 50 bands and 4 plays later he returned – see what he was up to in this video.