Skye Festival 2017 – Fèis an Eilein

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The 26th Fèis an Eilein, Skye Festival, takes place between 4 July and 28 August 2017.

Taking place in venues mostly in the Sleat peninsula at the southern end of  the Island, the Skye Festival or ‘Fèis an Eilein’ is a celebration of island culture and performing arts with a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, all spiced up with Jazz, Theatre, and lots, lots more.

Organised by SEALL, the festival hosts around 30 top quality events in music and innovative theatre, with a community-led fringe programme of house concerts, charity cafés, environmental days, food and drink, art exhibitions and ceilidhs.

This is the main programme at present. We will soon start putting full details on what’s on section.

July
4   Family Cèilidh
5   Anne Martin and Jason Singh with ‘Routes’
7   ‘Let’s Circus School’
7   ‘Let’s Circus’ Big Top evening performance
8   ‘Let’s Circus School’
8   ‘Let’s Circus’ Big Top evening performance
9   ‘Let’s Circus’ Big Top afternoon performance
9   ‘Let’s Circus’ Cèilidh Meets Circus Dance
11  The Cèilidh Trailers
12  NYJOS Ambassadors and Jazz Film ‘Paris Blues’
15  The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland
18  Fergie MacDonald – The King of Cèilidh
21  Inner Sound Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Patience’
28  Alastair Fraser’s Mammoth Fiddle
30 Donald Black Band with Màrtainn Skene & Donnie MacKenzie
31 Eduardo Niebla, guitar
August
1   Music from the Islands – concert
2   Anne Martin – An Leabhar Liath – Bawdy Gaelic Song
‘Son of the Sheik’ Two silent movies & a keyboard
Charlie McKerron & Guests
9   Gaelic Song with Mairead Stewart & Ingrid Henderson
12  16 Years Till Summer – Film
13  Michael Longley – Poet
14  The Sting Contingent with Harta
15  Isle of Skye Piping Society
18  The Raasay Night – Piping concert
19  Sophabulous Stepdancing Weekend
19  Film & Media Showcase
19  Stepdance Cèilidh
22  Adam Sutherland, Mairearad Green, Hamish Napier, Anna Massie
28 The Red Note Ensemble – ‘Journeys’

Read some comments and see photos of Fèis an Eilein 2016 Fèis 2016 Photos and comments

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Festival Awards

  • ‘SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’ was Venue of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2015
  • Highland Community Initiative of the Year 2014

25 years of Festival history

Fèis an Eilein or the Skye Festival was created by SEALL in 1991 as a joint venture with the Short courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, who needed a marquee for two weeks of classes. It seemed suitable for SEALL to create an evening programme of events to use that space and thus the Festival was born.

The festival developed over the next several years in the new buildings at SMO and other venues in Sleat and continued in its two week format for 19 years until 2009. In 2007 it was voted the Best Community Event of the Year of Highland Culture. In those years the programme included around 90 events in two weeks including providing a stage for young performers from the area and a range of visiting touring musicians and companies, including many of the best known traditional bands, world music, jazz, theatre events and orchestras. It provided employment and an opportunity for many young people to get involved in its running.

In 2010 we took a rest and for the next 4 years the Festival was low key: the name used for a set of summer concerts.

In 2014 the Festival was resurrected, this time as for two months!