Skye Festival 2019 – Fèis an Eilein

Our Outline programme for 2019:

Friday 12 July | Opening Ceilidh

Monday 15 July | Jazz Film Night

Thursday 18 July | National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland Big Band night

Saturday 20 July | Breabach in concert

Friday 26 July | Alasdair Fraser’s Mammoth Fiddle Concert

Tuesday 30 July | Clarsach concert

Wednesday 31 July | Kinkens Physical Theatre

Friday 2 August | Sorren MacLean and Hannah Fisher with Lisabett Russo and Graeme Stephen

Tuesday 6 August | Charlie McKerron, Fiddle concert

Tuesday 13 August | Innes Watson Guitar Colloquium

Saturday 17 August | Maggie Craig Author, and Barbara Henderson

Tuesday 20 August | Final concert with Adam Sutherland Fiddle

Still to come – lots of gaps to fill, Sunday House concerts, local Cafes, and exhibitions.

No rush for tickets yet! Events will in our main listings as they are confirmed.

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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!