Traditional music by some of the best musicians from Scotland and Spain is the theme for this week's programme in the 2018 Féis an Eilein, the Skye Festival.
Delivered to venues in the south of Skye by live event organisation SEALL, the annual festival is a two-month-long celebration of performing arts and island culture and takes place this year between 3 July and 28 August.
On Saturday 11 August celebrated classical string quartet, The Routes Quartet, come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mhòr. They will deliver their hallmark blend of folk and classical music with a Scottish and Irish influence. As well as an evening concert, Routes will also be leading an afternoon workshop for intermediate musicians in either the folk or classical traditions.
Charlie McKerron is internationally regarded as one of Scotland's finest fiddle players and is a regular visitor to the Féis an Eilein and SEALL events. He comes to TDC main hall on Tuesday, 14 August and will be joined by guitarist Marc Clement.
An innovative and unique chorus of words, song and sound will welcome in the dawn over the Sound of Sleat this month.
Presented by Portree-based visual arts organisation ATLAS Arts, internationally renowned artist, writer and performer, Caroline Bergvall, will deliver her critically-acclaimed Ragadawn (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, 57.5º T) on the rooftop of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, on the morning of Saturday 25 August.
Ragadawn is a free multi-sensory, polyphonic composition taking place outdoors from the last hours of night until the break of dawn, ending with a communal breakfast featuring locally-sourced produce. The Skye event is one of just a handful of performances taking place this year in venues in France and England, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Atlas Arts director Emma Nicolson says the organisation's projects tend to evolve over long periods and they have been working with Caroline for two years on the idea.
A Gaelic singer's 80th birthday will coincide with the Blas Festival.
Alasdair Gillies has been described as one of the most beautifully melodic and expressive Gaelic singers.
Born in 1938 to Gaelic-speaking parents from Skye, Alasdair has been surrounded by song his whole life, whether that was the steady stream of Glasgow ceilidhs he sang at, competing at the Royal National Mod where he won the coveted Gold Medal in 1957 or studying part-time at the RSAMD in Glasgow whilst also studying dentistry.
He will take to the stage alongside Alastair Macdonald, Christine Primrose, Donald Black, John Carmichael, Griogair Labhruidh and others to celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday 8th September at Àros in Portree at 7.30pm.
Alasdair commented: "I am really looking forward to appearing at the Blas Festival, especially in Skye, where my heart lies. I will be joined by a few friends, old and new!
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