Festival of Small Halls – over 50% tickets sold

We are delighted about the response to the Festival of Small Halls. Several venues are almost sold out and over 50% of all tickets have gone. Do not miss out – BOOK NOW! Remember that in many halls you can BOOK a MEAL beforehand, in addition to the gig ticket. Look out for details of the additional workshops and events going on.

Support SEALL at the AGM

SEALL Annual General Meeting and Members gathering will take place in the SEALL office at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19 November. While SEALL is looking for a couple of additional Trustees on the Board, there is no pressure to sign up, just by coming along on the evening! Come and hear about SEALL’s wonderful year of events, the benefits of being a Member, the large increase in turnover, number of gigs and staffing, and everyone involved. It will also be Duncan’s last AGM with some conversataion about the wonderful new places that Marie, the team and the Director’s will be taking SEALL.

Introducing new staff member

Rosaidh Phillips joined SEALL as our new Administrative Assistant on October.  After completing her masters at Aberdeen, Rosaidh returned to Skye in 2017 as a multi-lingual administration whiz-kid. She first worked with SEALL as part of the youthful front-of-house management team for the Skye Festival / Fèis an Eilein in the late 2000s. She counts the monies, supports our Front of House volunteeers and keeps our Membership up to date.

 

 

 

SEALL’s technology improved

Ruari Gordon is a newcomer to Skye, and has been involved in festivals and events mostly in Arran but also elsewhere in Scotland. When he is not planting trees in north Skye he is a current UHI student. Ruari joined SEALL in June 2019 to take SEALL’s sound systems into the digital age and develop our ability to take sound and lights out around Skye for events in our small halls. SEALL now has high quality mobile sound, enough for two venues and a mibile lighting set in addition to our fixed lighting in SMO.

Vote for the Festival of Small Halls

Please vote now! The SEALL Festival of Small Halls has been nominated in the Community Event Section of the MG Alba Traditional Music Awards – not bad for its first year! It is up against some strong competition, so please shout out how great it was for the Skye and Raasay communities, and for small scale gigs across Scotland.

Click on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/scotstrad2019 

Find the SEALL Festival of Small Halls in the Community Event section, and also vote for all your other favourite traditional musicians and organisations. Then buy your ticket for what will be a great night in Aberdeen.

So easy to make a donation!

Many of you are adding in a little extra donation when you buy a ticket online. Donations do not attract a booking fee. It is an easy way to make a really BIG donation to SEALL / Skye Festival! Next time you buy a ticket online – think about how else you can support our work – mòran taing. SEALL is a charity and we always need to raise extra funding, for example, to bring high quality events for young audiences. 

Late entry – a Rooftop concert!

Sometimes we just leap at the chance of a new event, so when we heard that the 45-strong Street Orchestra of The Nevis Ensemble were staying in Sabhal Mòr on Tuesday 27 August at 8.30pm we just had to arrange a short late evening rooftop event for them. Come along to Sabhal Mòr Ostiag, main venue and follow the signs to the Fàs building for a free 45 mins of wonderful sounds over the Sound!

Cucinema – the Sleat video

In early April we held a film and pasta-making event with Cucinema, 12 enthusiastic film and pasta-making folk from Italy and Barcelona. Here is the video of the event – the first part is with us in Ardvasar Hall, before they moved onto the Lyth Arts Centre.. Great fun – we must do it again. https://vimeo.com/349324860/68614cd0ab

SEALL’s Car Share Project

We are encouraging you to offer lifts and share lifts for our events. Go to the SEALL Car Share Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/groups/384451925527056/

Request to join and then start using it. Remember it is as important that you can offer a lift as well as ask for one! Behind the scene the SEALL staff will help make it all happen.

Ardvasar & Tarskavaig Charity Cafes

The Annual joy of the Thursday mid-day Charity Cafes has started in Ardvasar Hall. Lots of local charities do their utmost to feed your well with home-baking, lunches, tea and coffees. (Inter-charity rivalry? Of course not – it is all excellent!). Every Thursday in July and August from 11am to 2pm.

Meanshile, over the hill in Tarskavaig Hall their regular afternoons teas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 2-5pm until 23 August.