Skye debut for Embers

Adam Holmes & the Embers come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Tuesday, 7 November and will be joined on this UK tour by Rachel Sermanni.

Singer-songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing together to form his own brand of soulful Americana with a hint of Scotland.

Adam said: “The band and I can’t wait to play at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. This will be our first time playing on Skye but we’ve only ever heard great things about the crowd and we can’t wait to see you all.

The Midnight Milk tour will showcase the much-anticipated third album from the Edinburgh outfit. This new album is a widescreen affair with no instrument or sound off limits, audiences will be happy to hear the live performance is no different with instrumentation including guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and glockenspiels.

When Adam began thinking of ideas for his third album he came to the realisation that his four year old MacBook had more technology on it than The Beatles had available for Sergeant Pepper or that Pink Floyd had used on Dark Side of the Moon. With the confidence that he had everything to hand that he needed to get the album in his head out to the world, he began the process of recording and producing Midnight Milk from the comfort of his own bedroom. What has resulted is not the minimalist album that you might expect, but instead an album that upon listening has been described as an “atmospheric, cinematic experience”.

Adam’s live performances have been described as “atmospheric” or “cinematic” and their concert promises audience a cross mix of musical genres, ranging from folk to gospel to hip-hop with some ska and reggae rhythms,  alongside some beautiful melodies that fans have come to expect of this band. Ultimately the performance promises to leave the audience feeling a sense of completeness and satisfaction, the ultimate aim behind the album.

The “minimal, murky, magnificent” music of Rachel Sermanni provides an exciting addition to the evening. Rachel has proved herself to be one of Britain’s most promising folk artists and this live set will be accompanied by her long-time friend Jennifer Austin on piano. 

More information and tickets from HERE.

 

SEALL AGM and new Directors

The A.G.M. and Members’ evening is on Wednesday 15 November in our new office upstairs in the old courtyard of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (next An Talla Mòr). Come along to find out what a great year we had in 2017, and talk about plans for 2018 over a glass of wine. We are always interested in widening the expertise of our Directors. We are losing Eileen Armstrong, our chairperson this year, so are looking for at least one new Board Member. If you are interested download SEALL Board application form

Monster of a performance

★★★★ “(A) small and perfectly formed piece of physical theatre… wondrous to behold and awesome in the true sense of the word” Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide 

© Chris Scott

An unusual and captivating piece of visual theatre, exploring Mary Shelley’s Gothic monster, comes to Sleat next week.

Edinburgh-based circus artist, musician, theatre maker and entertainer, Phil Hardie, will deliver Welcome My Son, his immersive solo exploration of Frankenstein via circus, physical and traditional theatre and words.

Based on Mary Shelley’s “The Modern Prometheus” the show explores themes of social conformity, isolation, prejudice and abandonment, told in an extraordinary, moving and intensely physical performance.

Phil seamlessly blends acrobatics and balancing acts with dialogue to build the narrative, in particular the relationship of the central two characters: Dr Frankenstein and his monster.

© Chris Scott

With a chilling and uncomfortable original score by composer Stuart MacFerson, this visual masterpiece is not for the faint hearted and may well leave its audience clinging to their seats.

“Heart in mouth stuff as well as tears in eyes. Stunning marvellous and truly original. Thank you.”

“Fantastic theatre, managed to drag me into the piece entirely. I could watch him all night.”

“Great music and creation of mood…magnetic presence…fully engaging with us, we understood your characters dilemma; great use of the apparatus to tell us about a character.”

For more details and tickets click HERE

 

 

Without our audiences, what is the point?!

“I would just like to say how much I enjoyed last night’s performance by Tony McManus et al. Dìreach mìorbhaileach! I have to say that, so far, my year’s membership has more than repaid the modest outlay and thanks to the efforts of the Seall team in keeping things going through the dreary months of winter, it is likely to keep doing so for some months yet!”

SEALL hosts “the best Celtic guitarist in the world”

A full house for Tony McManus who brought with him the wonderful guitar and fiddle player Julia Toaspern. Tony then invited Dougie Pincock and Jack Evans up for a set. SEALL has no idea why it has taken 17 years to get Tony back!

Tony comes to the south of Skye as part of his tour of Scotland and this is a rare opportunity to experience a concert by “the best Celtic guitarist in the world.”

Jango Starr – the children review the show

One Wednesday 27 Spetember the whole of Bunsgoil Shlèite came to the children’s show ‘One Man Shoe’. They report back-

The plate flying around his waist was very clever (a lot of pupils were trying to work out how you did this and many of the other tricks)

Talking picture – this was creepy in a fun way

It was very entertaining, fun to watch and good that the audience could join in

When the ball was eaten and then came out the bottom – this was very funny (many pupils agreed)

I got a fright with the banana being thrown – it was so close to me

The stand was walking – that was funny and scary

The stand with the hand – it was scary, I like scarySpitting the rope out – it was interesting (again there was lots of discussion about how this was done)

All 3 chairs piled up and balanced – cool – amazing

When the balls kept coming out his mouth – I was in tears laughing.

Head Teacher says – “Sitting listening to the pupils, while they were watching the performance, I could hear a lot of discussion about how things were done. They were amazed and came up with some fascinating ideas. It was a very enjoyable show and lovely that you mixed with the pupils afterwards. Thank you. Yet again another high quality and very clever performance.”

Usually it all goes smoothly but . . .

Sometimes things go a little awry! Sorry we canceled ‘One Man Shoe’ on Wednesday evening 27 Sept. It was entirely our misunderstanding over the availability of the venue. We sent emails where we could and changed our road-side A-frames. It is always best to book ahead – then you will be the first to know of any changes. Please let us know if you had a wasted journey. 

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.