SEALL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS 2021 19-27 NOVEMBER
The fourth SEALL Festival of Small Halls officially kicks off on Friday with a celebratory concert in Dunvegan Hall.
The event heralds the start of eight days (no events on Monday 22 November) of performances, concerts and workshops culminating in the popular St Andrew’s night celebration, the Small Halls Big Cèilidh, at the Sligachan Hotel on the evening of Saturday 27 November.
The festival is supported by Creative Scotland, Scotland’s Winter Festivals Fund, Blas Festival, the Culture and Business Fund Scotland, the Highland Council and the Sligachan Hotel. The Big Cèilidh is part of St Andrew’s Fair Saturday.
Featured musicians this year are trad giants Mary Macmaster (Poozies), Angus MacKenzie (Daìmh), Ewan Robertson (Breabach), Seán Gray (Paul McKenna Band), Megan Henderson (Breabach), Inge Thomson, Marie Fielding and Mairearad Green. Completing the line up is Louis Barabbas (Bedlam Six and Neach and Taighe project leader of Aiseirigh, the Skye and Lochalsh Culture Collective).
This year’s festival will include a mix of acoustic daytime performances and evening concerts with reduced capacity audiences where the musicians will be split to perform in Waternish, Dunvegan, Raasay, Elgol, Braes, Kilmuir, Glendale, Edinbane, Broadford, Skeabost, Minginish, Breakish and Kyle. Some concerts will be opened with sets from Skye and Raasay’s young musicians and on Sunday afternoon, Angus MacKenzie will be leading a family music session at An Crùbh. The Dunvegan and Kyle concerts will form part of the programme of the Blas Festival 2021.
For those who cannot get to the Big Ceilidh on 27 November, the event will be livestreamed straight into homes on the evening. Tickets from HERE.
All musicians come together for the Dunvegan opening night (19 November) and the Big Cèilidh (27 November) at the Sligachan Hotel. On the Big Cèilidh evening, concert-goers can take advantage of an optional pre-concert dinner for which booking is essential. Take a look at the menu below and phone the hotel on 01478 650358 to book dinner at the Sligachan.