Idlewild ready to join HebCelt’s 20th birthday party

Idlewild will play this summer's HebCelt.
Idlewild will play this summer's HebCelt.

Scottish indie rock band Idlewild have joined the line-up for the 20th anniversary Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer, organisers announced today (Thur).

The five-piece, headed by Roddy Woomble, are one of a number of international acts lined-up for the award-winning festival, to be held in Stornoway in the island of Lewis from 15-18 July 2015.

The group formed by Woomble and Rod Jones as teenagers in Edinburgh in 1995 began playing again recently after a five-year break. Last year they completed a series of gigs across the Highlands and Islands and this year will appear at HebCelt as part of a UK and European tour.

They also released their seventh studio album, Everything Ever Written, last month to critical acclaim.

Roddy Woomble, who has appeared previously at HebCelt as a solo artist, said: “We are all delighted to be returning to the beautiful Isle of Lewis again for HebCelt’s 20th anniversary.

“Idlewild played in Stornoway as part of our Highlands and Islands acoustic tour in October, so it will be nice to come back with the full band in the summertime to play at one of Scotland’s best festivals.”

Day tickets for the 20th anniversary festival go on sale today. At the same time, festival organisers have also announced three more artists for the acoustic stage, introduced for the first time last year.

Skye musician Richard Macintyre’s latest solo project, Siiga, will visit HebCelt as part of a 2015 UK, Ireland and European tour, and teenager singing sensation Eleanor Nicolson, from Lewis, who launched HebCelt’s Criomagan series of taster sessions last year, returns for an acoustic set.

Joining them will be Lewis-born Alyth McCormack who has recently toured with The Chieftains and has also sang with greats such as Martin Carthy, Jacqui Dankworth, Ry Cooder and Eddi Reader. Alyth is launching her new album ‘Homelands’ at the festival.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Idlewild have been such an influential group over the past two decades and we are delighted they will be joining the HebCelt 20 line-up.

“We are also pleased to announce more fabulous acts for our popular acoustic stage. Altogether, we have a really strong programme for our milestone year.”

The 20th HebCelt will also feature acts including Afro Celt Sound System, Treacherous Orchestra, the Karen Matheson Band, Shooglenifty, Chastity Brown, Le Vent du Nord, Raghu Dixit and Salsa Celtica on its two main stages.

There will also be performances in An Lanntair arts centre and in rural parts of Lewis and Harris.

HebCelt, which was voted Best Event or Festival at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in November, has this week been selected as one of the Top 10 summer festivals by world music magazine Songlines for the fifth year in succession.

It is again the only Scottish festival on the list and places the island event alongside the likes of Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival.

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