SEALL job opportunity

SEALL is looking for a dynamic and organised part-time Administrative Assistant (1.5 days per week) to be part of the small team developing touring cultural events across Skye.

Working from our office in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Skye you will be responsible for handling event and other income, making financial entries into our accounts system, and administering our membership and our volunteers. This is a fixed term contract to the end of 2019 which may be extended depending on funding.  

Closing date Monday 18 February 2019

Please write or email to Marie Lewis with a cv, or contact us for more details or download a job description from HERE.

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

01471 844207 

Janice Galloway on love and relationships

One of Scotland’s foremost female writers comes to Skye on Valentine’s Day.

Multi-award-winning author Janice Galloway is internationally renowned for giving voice to the feminine condition in Scottish working-class communities and has been described as a “significant force in Scottish cultural life.”

Her first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, is now widely regarded as a Scottish contemporary classic and won the MIND Book of the Year award in 1990.

Janice’s second novel, Foreign Parts (1994), won the E M Forster Award while her third, Clara (2002), about the tempestuous life of 19th-century pianist Clara Wieck Schumann, won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award in 2002.

Collaborative texts include an opera with Sally Beamish and three cross-discipline works with Anne Bevan, the Orcadian sculptor. Janice’s “anti-memoir”, This is Not About Me, was published in 2008 and her Collected Stories in 2009. A second book of memoir, All Made Up, was published in 2011. In 2015 her collection of short stories Jellyfish was published and has been released in paperback this month. 

Lanarkshire-based Janice has taken time out of a very busy schedule to come to Skye for an afternoon group session for writers and readers and an evening talk on love and relationships at the Sligachan Hotel on Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14 February.

In the afternoon at 4pm, Janice will provide a rare opportunity for readers and writers to attend a discussion group which takes the form of an informal introduction and discussion to consider the importance of beginnings for both reader and writer. Participants are invited to bring along a few sentences of beginnings of novels or short stories and discuss those choices to try and build a picture of how writing reaches the reader from the word go and, of course, the importance of doing so.

The evening event at 7.30pm will see Janice exploring the often quite separate and highly complex worlds of love, relationships and rearing children in modern times. The evening includes a reading or two, a chance for chat and observations as to how the world turns now.

Janice said: “I’ll be bringing Jellyfish on its first serious outing – a collection of 14 stories from which I’ll be reading a fragment of only one – after which I hope we’ll have some questions/ exchange.

“The stories in Jellyfish are based on a quotation by author David Lodge: ‘Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life’s the other way round,’ a saying that’s more profound than it at first seems!

“Jellyfish are notoriously fragile animals, of course, and I guess the stories try to reflect human fragility and resilience, focused largely on how human beings treat each other in and out of different kinds of love, fear and day-to-day life.”

Janice says she is hoping for a rainless Skye. She added: “My only previous trip to Skye was when I was 23 (a long time ago now) and it rained in buckets for two days. This time will be, in so many ways, different.”

The two events begin a new season and heralds a new phase in the Sligachan Hotel’s on-going refurbishments. The exciting transformation of their popular MacKenzie’s Bar and Collie’s Lounge 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.

This event is funded by The Scottish Book Trust.

SEALL springs into 2019


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.

Free ferry tickets to Raasay concert

Free return ferry crossing

Courtesy of CalMac, we can offer a free return ferry sailing (foot passenger only) to the first 12 people who book a ticket to our Raasay concert on Saturday, 24 November in Raasay Hall.


Make a day of it

Jarlath Henderson, Donald Shaw and Innes Watson will give a traditional music concert at 2.30pm.

The event is preceded by an hour-and-a-half-long music workshop (free to students, children and young people; adults by donation) at 11.30pm and a festival lunch (donations to the hall) at 1pm.

The celebrations continue at the Raasay Distillery with a tunes and whisky tasting session at 4pm. Tickets for the distillery event are £15 and available by phoning 01478 470178 or email


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.

Get your Small Halls Programme here

Here it is – the complete Programme of the new Festival of Small Halls – the first in Europe. Click on the image above to open up this blog and then get the SEALL Festival of Small Halls PROGRAMME 2018 WEB     Printed programmes will appear around Skye from Wednesday 24 October.

You can buy all tickets on line via Ticket Master: click HERE

Our Autumn Programme is now out

Our programme of some wonderful events up to the end of the year is now published.

If you have not managed to pick up a print copy yet, you can see it online HERE