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BLAS Festival 2018

BLAS Festival 2018

BLAS Festival 2018 - September 7th - 17th Sultain

Ceòl, Orain, Canan Is Cultair nan Gàidheal air an comharrachadh thairis air 9 làithean san t-Sultain

The Music, songs, language and culture of the highlands celebrated over 9 special days in September

The Blas Festival was devised by The Highland Council in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the Promoters Arts Network. The Highland Council contracted Fèisean nan Gàidheal to work with members of PAN and others to develop this festival for the Highlands. There are many reasons why Blas is important and they are reflected in our core aims:

The Blas festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland

Blas will do this in part by creating the opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic.

Blas will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture.

In doing so, Blas will become a major music and cultural showcase for a wide range of audiences beyond just Gaelic.

Far, Far From Ypres - The Stage Show

Far, Far From Ypres - The Stage Show
Far, Far From Ypres - Scottish Tour 2018

A Scotsman's journey to The Western Front in WW1

Songs of the time: recruitment, training, marching, trench, home, women's, music hall, plus contemporary and poetry.

The Far, Far From Ypres stage show, produced by Ian McCalman and with a huge cast of performers, will tour Scotland in 2018.

The concert is narrated by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Iain Anderson and has attracted some of the leading lights in the folk scene. Those joining the Scotland 2018 tour will include Barbara Dickson, Siobhan Miller, Mairi MacInnes, Dick Gaughan, Ian McCalman, Iain Anderson, Professor Gary West, Stephen Quigg, Ian Bruce, Sangsters and other well-known faces in the Scottish folk scene. Peter Heywood operates the overhead slide projection.

Of the 700,000 Scots who joined the forces, more than 100,000 died. Nearly every village, city and town in Scotland has some form of memorial displaying the names of their war dead.

WW100 Scotland aims to inform people about Scotland's unique contribution to World War One and help them discover the effects of the war on their local communities and its lasting impact on life in Scotland today.

WW100 is proud to launch the centenary commemorative tour of this acclaimed multimedia production Far, Far From Ypres, with our partners Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland. World War One music and songs from a Scottish perspective.

Wednesday 29th August - Corran Halls, Oban
Friday 31st August - Aros Centre, Portree, Skye
Saturday 1st September - Village Hall, Ullapool
Sunday 7th October - Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
Sunday 14th October - Albert Halls, Stirling
Sunday 21th October - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Sunday 28th October - Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Sunday 11th November - Usher Hall, Edinburgh
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018

The Greatest Show on earth commences 3rd August to 25th August and takes place against the breathtaking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, showcasing music, dance and display from around the world.

The theme for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018 is The Sky's the Limit in 2018

The military extravaganza will return for 24 performances during August with a 100-minute showcase of music, dance and technical wizardry, including some of the world's finest military bands and performers.

"Scotland's Year of Young People offers a fabulous opportunity to help inspire the up-and-coming generations to reach for the sky. This year too, we are delighted to support The Royal Air Force in celebrating their 100th anniversary and they will be the lead Service at the Tattoo. With these two ingredients, under our own theme of The Sky’s The Limit, we can explore gravity, the history of manned flight - even into space - and explore the power of human potential in the round."
Brigadier David Allfrey, Chief Executive and Producer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Brandon McPhee Band - The Jimmy Shand Story

Brandon McPhee Band - The Jimmy Shand Story

This show is a celebration of the life and music of the late Sir Jimmy Shand, prolific composer and band leader, an international star and legend of Scottish dance music whose tunes continue to feature in the repertoire of most traditional accordionists and dance bands.

Performing the music will be virtuoso Brandon McPhee, with his Scottish Band.

Brandon reflects on the life and music of his idol, playing many of his favourite tunes, complimented by visual images and stories narrated live by acclaimed stage, film and TV actor Dave Anderson (Gregory's Girl, City Lights).

Combine the music of the old master with the brilliance of the young maestro and you have a recipe for something very special.

Tour dates 2018:

8th Sep - The Jimmy Shand Story, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
9th Sep - The Jimmy Shand Story, Concert Hall Perth
5th Oct - The Jimmy Shand Story, Albert Halls, Stirling
6th Oct - The Jimmy Shand Story, Corran Halls, Oban
7th Oct - The Jimmy Shand Story, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

New Music Commission: An Treas Suaile (The Third Wave)

New Music Commission: An Treas Suaile (The Third Wave)

14-18 NOW is a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Working with partners all across the UK, we commission new artworks from leading contemporary artists, musicians, designers and performers, inspired by the period 1914-18.

Their 2018 season of extraordinary arts events focusing on WW1 Centenary Art Commissions. This programme of events features brand new artworks by some of the world's leading contemporary artists which will be presented during the lead up to Armistice Day 2018.

As part of this significant programme of events 14-18 NOW have co-commissioned, with An Lanntair Arts Centre, Duncan Chisholm and Julie Fowlis to deliver a production marking the centenary of the sinking of HMY Iolaire.

This new work will consider this maritime disaster, the resulting tragedy of the significant loss of life to the Hebridean Islands of Lewis and Harris, as well as reflecting on the actions of John Finlay MacLeod whose selfless acts helped save dozens of lives.

This commission will premiere at An Lanntair, Stornoway on the 9/10 November 2018.

Runrig - The Last Dance Concerts

Runrig - The Last Dance Concerts
For over four decades Runrig have uniquely combined their Gaelic roots with a mainstream rock sensibility that has won them countless fans across the globe.

The band was founded on the Isle of Skye in 1973 and enjoyed UK chart success with Gaelic songs in the 1990s.

The band released their 14th and final studio album, The Story, last year.

Next year will draw down the curtain on a group that has meant so much to so many.

Their final concerts will be held in Stirling's City Park on 17th and 18th August 2018. Due to the overwhelming demand from fans an extra concert date arranged.

"Announcing The Last Dance has brought with it so many mixed emotions. We’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the response and the love from our fans. We're delighted to be able to add an additional concert and promise it will be a night to remember. It will be emotional; it will be fun; it will be entertaining; but amongst all, it will be a special evening saying farewell." Calum Macdonald.

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