Great line up for Hebridean Celtic Festival 2007

IT'S Heb Celt time again! - and this year world famous music duo The Proclaimers, performing exclusively for the festival, will be joined by artists from Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Canada and even Turkey for some major musical entertainment.

Taking place in Stornoway from July 11 to 14, the event is set to be a truly cultural festival, unlike some of its one-off competition, as Festival Director Caroline MacLennan commented: "As a festival we are dedicated to bringing live music to the Outer Hebrides and since this is our twelfth year, we can honestly say the Hebridean Celtic Festival is interested in developing a positive and long term legacy for the Celtic culture in the Highlands and Islands.

"Despite increased competition for audiences this year as a consequence of Highland 2007, we believe our line-up, combined with our continued family events and wider community based projects will prove popular with our audiences from around the world. We will be working hard to ensure that is the case."

As well as The Proclaimers, visitors from around the world will be able to enjoy the Moving Hearts, credited with having a significant musical influence on a host of other artists, such as the Pogues, and featuring Davy Spillane and Donal Lunny, two of the legendary Irish band's original members.

The full line up for the festival will include BBC Radio 2 award winner Seth Lakeman, winner of the best singer and best album awards; Oojami, who mix DJ music with Turkish rhythms and belllydancing!; as well as Spain's own Berrogetto, and a host of acts from around Scotland.

Opening the festival in An Lanntair (Wednesday July 11) will be the Murdo Macfarlane Project featuring a cracking line-up of traditional and contemporary artists including Isabel MacAskill, Christine Primrose, Fiona Mackenzie, Calum Alex Macmillan, Aiden O'Rourke, Alasdair White, Fraser Fifield and Brian O'hEadhra.

Other acts to feature in An Lanntiar and at fringe community events around the island are: Kathleen MacInnes; Lau; Jenna Reid; Genticorum; Nuala Kennedy; Skerryvore and Lewis' very own Catriona Watt - BBC Scotland's Traditional Musician of the Year.

On Thursday the main stage plays host to Moving Hearts, with support by Berrogetto, while Friday night crowds will no doubt be whipped into a Celtic frenzy by the Reid twins Craig and Charlie with Seth Lakeman supporting. Saturday's performances are yet to be finalised, but will include the bellydancing accompanied Oojami and Blas featuring Mary Smith, Christine Primrose, Alyth McCormack, Anna Murray, Kathleen MacInnes and Fiona Mackenzie.