Printed Festival programme now out

Afer a delay when our 5,000 programmes went missing in transit, we are now doing our best to get them delivered around the Island. You can alos download it from Feis 2018 Programme 2. Skye is also blitzed with Festival Banners. If you notice any going missing, please let us know – they have been ‘borrowed’ in the past!

Pirates sing to a Full House

Inner Sound presented another night of top quality Gilbert and Sullivan to a full house on 13 July during the Skye Festival. This was a revival of The Priates of Penzance they presented 7 years ago. The start, as usual were the young soloists and chorus members. They took the concert to Portree, Kyleaking and Eden Court, “but our home is always with SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig”, said Anne Lampard, musical director.

Good music and cream teas

The Skye Festival decided that a Saturday afternoon should include good music, tea and cakes. The Ceilidh Trailers came along and played the second concert and dance of the Festival,  and the SEALL supporters came up with the cake. Thank you everyone. “The Best gig we have ever played at” said the Trailers. “We aim for a lifetime of playing music and eating cake.”

Duncan’s Report from the PEI Small Halls Festival

With SEALL gearing up to a Festival of Small Halls in November, Duncan visited the founding Festival in Prince Edward Island in June. You can read all about it HERE

SEALL’s new video

A 3 minute video, featuring music recorded by Malin Lewis and Hector MacInnes with images from SEALL’s programming and words from Duncan MacInnes, Marie Lewis and Boyd Robertson is now complete.

Get your Festival Programme here

The printed programme is at the printers and should be delivered to us on Thursday 12 July. Meanwhile you can browse and download it from Feis 2018 Programme 2.

SEALL’s new signs

With funding support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, SEALL has erected new signage around An Talla Mhòr and our offices An Seòmar Uine, the Green Room. It is with good authority from Senior Management at SMO that we will continue to refer to ‘An Talla Mhòr’ in all circumstances – ‘talla’ can be either feminine or masculine!  see The Essential Gaelic Dictionary. This will, of course, promote a lengthy discussion amongst linguists . . .

14 June – Ballads and Stories

Thursday 14 June at 8pm ~ Diardaoin 14 An t-Ogmhios, 8f

A’ Seinn na Sgeulachd: Bàs Chonnlaoich (‘Singing the Story: The Death of Connlaoch’)

As part of Ulidia Finn 2018, a conference on the Ulster Cycle and Finn Cycle tales

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC, the main hall.

From chiefs’ halls to cèilidh-houses, heroic ballads and the stories they told have been at the heart of Gaelic culture for centuries. Two exceptional performers, singer Margaret Stewart and musician and storyteller Pàdruig Morrison, will use tale and ballad to tell the story of Connlaoch, son of the Scottish warrior-princess Aoife and the Irish hero Cú Chulainn, and his death at the hands of his own father.

Performance in Gaelic with provision in English

There is no need to book – just come along on the night. All tickets £5, Young ones free.

More information on

With the support of the Hope Scott Trust and the Royal Celtic Society.

Skye Festival Programme announced

Programme details of the 28th Fèis an Eilein or Skye Festival are almost complete. Very soon booking will open but meanwhile click on the Skye Festival tab at the top and see what is planned for you.

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 Deadline for applications is Friday, 18 May.