A stellar line-up of award-winning artists is set to descend on stages in the south of Skye over the next few months as SEALL (Skye Events for All) rolls out its brand new 2017 programme.
Last year, the Sleat-based community-led live arts promoters celebrated 25 years of bringing some of the country’s leading performing artists to the south of Skye. It also added to its list of awards, Venue of the Year for SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2015.
Working from offices and venues at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, SEALL delivers over 80 live events a year, which include the annual two-month-long summer Fèis an Eilein (The Skye Festival) in July and August and the Skye Swing Jazz Festival at the end of October.
Scottish traditional music provides the basis for SEALL’s work but the annual programme also brings the best known names in music to the south of Skye featuring jazz, opera, world folk, new music and dance.
As well as a strong music strand, SEALL hosts some of the UK’s most prominent theatre companies and provides excellent opportunities for local young musicians to perform alongside leading names in the music industry.
Director, Duncan MacInnes, said: “We are delighted to once again be bringing some of the country’s leading artists as well as many of our local talented performers to venues in the south of Skye. Our spring programme is packed with an excellent range of events for adults and children to enjoy and there really is something for everyone.
“The March programme began with a concert from Siobhan Miller who was twice voted Scots Singer of the Year, and it continues this month with more award-winning performers such as Kathryn Joseph and Charlie McKerron.
“Our programme has just been printed and will be available from outlets all over Skye. There is also an online version available from our website.”
Scheduled for this month is a contemporary concert by Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph on Thursday, 16 March and this is a rare opportunity to see “Scotland’s best kept secret” perform alongside a set from Skye’s young talent, The Northenders.
On Saturday, 18 March, Highland actor John Burns tells the story of Malory Beyond Everest which takes the form of a lunchtime theatre with a pie and a drink and, on Thursday, 23 March, the innovative Highland-based dance troupe, Plan B, come to the Island with their darkly humorous production of Citizen.
One of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, Charlie McKerron, brings his friends Ross Ainslie, Mark Clement and Tim Edey to Tarskavaig Hall on Wednesday, 29 March, and there is more Scots trad in store on Thursday, 30 March when the students of the Traditional Music Course of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig present a night of Gaelic music, song and piping.
Skye-based folk noir band, The Dead Man’s Waltz, will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a concert in An Talla Mòr on 31 March.
For tickets and a full list of scheduled events, pick up a programme from outlets around Skye or visit www.seall.co.uk
This year’s Fèis an Eilein takes place between 4 July and 28 August at venues mainly on the Sleat peninsula.