Exclusive HebCelt coverage on BBC ALBA

Headlining this year's HebCelt Saturday night: The Proclaimers.
Headlining this year's HebCelt Saturday night: The Proclaimers.

THE Proclaimers and Kassidy will be amongst the headline acts on tv screens this week as BBC ALBA provide exclusive coverage of the 2012 Hebridean Celtic Festival.

Award winning presenter Niall Iain Macdonald will introduce two shows from the main stage at Lews Castle Green, Stornoway, on Thursday July 12th and Friday July 13th.

Caroline Macleannan, HebCelt Festival Director, said: “We are thrilled that BBC ALBA is featuring HebCelt in these two shows.

“Our unique setting will provide a wonderful backdrop for the TV coverage which will also showcase to a wider audience the richness and diversity of the festival and the wider Hebrides.

Thursday’s programme, to be shown from 10pm until 11.30pm, will feature performances from the opening night of the festival, including a live headline set from hit Glaswegian quartet Kassidy.
That set will be complemented by a recorded performance from the internationally acclaimed trad-rock band Skerryvore.

And BBC ALBA coverage of Friday’s event will be shown from 9.45pm until 11.45pm and the programme will include a look at some of the best aspects of the 17th HebCelt Fest beyond the main stage.

After this, recorded highlights will come from Admiral Fallow before The Proclaimers take to the stage, needing little introduction to festival-goers and BBC ALBA viewers following a string of worldwide hit singles and albums in a career spanning nearly 30 years.

Fresh from the release of their new album ‘Like Comedy’, BBC ALBA will provide full coverage as brothers Craig and Charlie Reid take to the stage as part of a string of summer dates.

Commenting on the shows, Head of Contact for BBC ALBA, Alan Esslemont, said: “We are delighted to be broadcasting two very exciting programmes from this year’s HebCeltFest 2012.

“The festival, which brilliantly showcases both flourishing and established talent, is a firm favourite for festival goers from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond.

“Given HebCelt’s undoubted popularity, we are pleased to be offering the festival to a wider audience through our coverage enabling them to enjoy the best from this unique event.”

For more information on the Hebridean Celtic Festival, visit www.hebceltfest.com