SEALL’s Festival 1000 hits Skye


If there is one thing our Scottish islands do well it’s throw a party and on May 3rd it looks like the south of Skye could be one of the places to head for if you’re up for an evening packed to the seams with everything from traditional ceilidh to celtic fusion to early hours DJ sets.

Aimed at a cross selection of tastes but with a strong Scottish theme, the line up features headliners ‘hypno-folkadelic ambient trad’ group Shooglenifty supported by renowned traditional Scots and Gaelic singers Fiona Hunter and Anne Martin, with sets by the Tarskavaig Blues Band, Doc Livingston and a local ceilidh band before ending with a live DJ set into the early hours.

The festival has been put together to celebrate 1000 events by local Skye promoter SEALL , well known for bringing some big names to the south of the island and with a reputation for gigs which are ‘up close and personal’ in some jaw dropping locations. With only 300 tickets on sale and an indoor/outdoor location the organisers are confident that this will be a memorable night and say they are fully prepared for a few impromptu ceilidh sessions along the way.

One of Scotland’s most well-known bands with their roots in folk, Shooglenifty, led by a hirsute Angus R Grant (a figure you won’t forget) are a supremely dexterous and witty live band and their energetic performances keep them in constant demand around the world. They are renowned for their energised, contemporary roots material and are credited with being the originators of ‘acid-croft’, a fiery and infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves. Who better to bring a party to life.

Traditional Scots singer Fiona Hunter has been singing as part of renowned folk song group Malinky for the best part of a decade. Her time with the group has seen them win many accolades including the prestigious Folk Band of the year award at the 2010 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Fiona has also been twice nominated in the Scots Singer of the Year category at the awards. This year she launches her first solo album.

Anne Martin, is one of Scotland’s foremost Gaelic singers and comes from Skye. She brings her own very special interpretation to many of the long sung stories and melodies of the area.

The rest of the evening will be filled with everything from jazz to blues to folk and probably a few surprises inbetween.

So..if you fancy dipping into what promises to be an intimate and eclectic array of some of the best in Scottish music, contemporary and more traditional then we thoroughly recommend hot footing it to Sleat in the south of Skye on May 3rd. The festival starts at 5pm so plenty of time to take in some of the scenery on the way and to make a weekend of it there’s a chill down jazz session the following day with Rick Taylor, Mario Caribe and others.

And did we mention you need a pair of shoes to donate? To add an unexpected twist – ticket buyers are asked to donate a pair of unwanted shoes to the SEALL Shoe Share Challenge which is aiming to collect 1000 pairs for charity. Organisers threaten no entry at the door without a pair to add to the pot – so you’ve been warned.

The festival runs from 5pm to 1am. Tickets are £25 for adults, £15 for students and under 25s. Under 10s are free. Tickets are available from SEALL,,, 01471 844207.