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Skye's "awesomely beautiful" and "percussively powerful" Gaelic singer, Anne Martin, opens the 2017 Skye Festival – Fèis an Eilein – on Wednesday 5 July with the world premiere of her exciting musical collaboration entitled Roots. 

Developed from Ceumannan, an inter-cultural song commission with Manchester-based sound artist Jason Singh, the project won a PRS Foundation award and was given a 15 minute showcase at the Hull International Festival before moving to Skye and then to London's Southbank. 

Anne returns to Sleat on 2 August to sing a collection of erotic Gaelic songs from An Leabhar Liath, revealing the risqué references in Gaelic song that have been lost over time. She appears with Ian MacPherson, Peter Mackay and Ingrid Henderson.

Delivered to the Isle of Skye by Sleat-based performing arts promoters, SEALL (Skye Events for All), The Skye Festival - Fèis an Eilein - is a celebration of island culture and performing arts and runs until 28 August in venues in and around the south of Skye. 

Traditionally, the Fèis has had a strong focus on Scots trad music and 2017 is no exception with concerts taking place by some of the country's most respected musicians, plus a few international stars. 

This year the line-up includes a performance by Charlie McKerron, Marc Clement and 'friends' (8 August); a cèilidh night with Fergie MacDonald (18 July); a mammoth fiddle night with Alastair Fraser (28 July); a concert featuring Donald Black and Martin Skene (30 July); an evening with singer Margaret Stewart and Ingrid Henderson (9 August); and a stunning concert featuring four of Scotland's top trad musicians − fiddle player Adam Sutherland; singer Mairearad Green; Hamish Napier, flute and whistle; and Blazin' Fiddles guitarist Anna Massie − will take place on 22 August.

There is more traditional music with the Isle of Skye Piping Society with the Caimbeul Family on 15 August and a 'Sophabulous' step dance weekend of workshops with Sophie Stephenson.

Scotland's foremost youth jazz ensemble, the NYOS Jazz Orchestra brings over 30 musicians to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on 15 July to perform Road Trip to the Americas - a wide range of big band repertoire.

For lovers of classical music, Skye and Lochalsh-based choir Inner Sound will perform Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience on 21 July, while students from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig join forces with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for a 'Raasay Night' on 18 August featuring the music and song of the Highlands and Islands collected by Eliza Ross in 1812. 

There is more music from latin guitarist Eduardo Niebla (31 July); new acoustic chamber-folk from Scotland and Australia, The String Contingent (14 August); and Scotland's contemporary music ensemble, The Red Note Ensemble, will play out the festival on 28 August. 

The circus comes to town this weekend inside the Magpie Tent at Kyleakin Hall. Fun entertainment is guaranteed for all the family in Let's Circus' school and workshops, daily performances and a cèilidh to round it all off. Film showings and a poetry reading from celebrated Irish poet Michael Longley completes a packed programme of quality entertainment over the summer months on Skye.

As well as the Fèis, there are many other events and exhibitions around the south of Skye during the months of July and August and the festival atmosphere continues with a number of lively fringe events. These include exhibitions of local arts and crafts, cèilidhs, house parties and concerts, charity cafès, as well as folk club and open music sessions. 

For full details of times, venues, local information and to book tickets, pick up a programme from outlets across the Island, contact SEALL on 01471 844207, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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