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.”