THE new Hall of Fame Nominations have been announced for the Hebridean Celtic Festival – as well as early bird ticket prices that are set to beat the 2011 VAT hike in the UK!
The two categories for 2011 are ‘Best Newcomer to the Main Stage’ and ‘Best Local Performer’.
Festival Director Caroline MacLennan said: “Our Hall of Fame is a great way for us to recognise artists who have contributed to the festival over the years and we are grateful for the support we’ve had from those who have already been voted into it.
“We have some names suggested for the poll, but we are very happy to receive other nominations within the categories, and the vote will take place in January with winners being announced, we expect, in February.
This year it is possible for both new categories to be won by the same act, but initial nominations have been as follows: Best Newcomer – Imelda May; Oojami; The Wilders; Mauvais Sort; Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherd, and Treacherous Orchestra. Best Local – Face the West; Catriona Watt; Alasdair White; Iain Morrison; Calum Alex MacMillan; Norrie Maciver, and Jane Hepburn.
Further nominations are invited by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and voting will begin in January 2011.
Current HebCelt Hall of Famers are Runrig, Julie Fowlis, Peatbog Faeries, Karen Matheson and The Hunger Mountain Boys.
The Festival also announced the launch of their Christmas Early Bird tickets for next year’s event. Prices have been held at 2010 levels and with VAT due to rise in the New Year, festival-goers stand to save some cash.
As Caroline added: “we’re also pleased to be offering our Christmas Tickets which we think will be very welcome in these economic times where every penny counts.”
Ticket prices are: Full price £61; Concession price £49; Under 14s price £18, and tickets can be bought online through the festival website at www.hebceltfest.com.