SEALL Spring 2017 programme web

SE V E NKT S FYO R AEL L WHAT’S ON? Dè Tha Dol ? SPRING 2017 WELCOME FAILTE Welcome to a new year of...

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WHAT’S ON? Dè Tha Dol ?


WELCOME FAILTE Welcome to a new year of Skye Events for All. Over the course of 2017, SEALL will be bringing some of the country’s leading performing artists to venues in the south of Skye. Our Spring brochure is packed with a diverse range of events for adults and children to enjoy. You will find something for everyone and, if you plan to come to several events, take advantage of our membership programme and save money on multiple tickets. You will find all the details at the back of the programme. In the meantime, we welcome back our wonderful supporters and extend a warm greeting to new faces and visitors. Come in, take a seat and enjoy the show. Duncan MacInnes, Director, SEALL

VENUES SABHAL MÒR OSTAIG TDC MAIN HALL: The main venue of Talla Dhonaidh

Chaimbeul is a quality performance space with raked seating for up to 150 people. Situated within the main college campus between the road and the sea.

AN TALLA MÒR: The oldest part of SMO is an intimate space for music and cèilidhs in a converted 19th century barn. It can be found above the road at the Tarskavaig road junction.

SEALL also uses other venues in south Skye, including An Crùbh and Tarskavaig Hall. There is a bar at events. PAGE 2 SEALL SPRING 2017 PROGRAMME

WHO WE ARE Established in 1991, award-winning SEALL – Skye Events for All – is one of the liveliest community-led performing arts events promotion groups in the UK. Operating from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, in Sleat, Isle of Skye, SEALL provides a diverse and quality programme of 80 performing arts events to locals and visitors.


THE SKYE FESTIVAL July and August TAKING place in venues mostly in Sleat over two months in the summer, The Skye Festival - Fèis an Eilein - is a celebration of island culture and performing arts. With a strong focus on Scottish traditional music, the programme includes visiting jazz, innovative theatre, world music and a circus.

SKYE SWING JAZZ FESTIVAL FOTS Records and SEALL present three days of spectacular music, fun and dancing at the end of October each year. Featuring some of Scotland’s best jazz musicians, the festival offers a great weekend.


Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm Diciadain 8 Am Màrt, 7.30f

The Siobhan Miller Trio

The Strata Tour 2017 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr Two-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year, Siobhan Miller is widely regarded as one of the foremost vocalists in Scotland. Her debut solo album, Flight of Time was nominated for album of the year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2015 and she is a recipient of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. The concert opens with a set from the Traditional Music dept of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. “The finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song.” Scotland on Sunday “One of the finest young voices on the Scottish folk scene.” The Scotsman Adults £14, Members £12, Students/Young Persons £7, Under 10s and Seasons Free

Thursday 16 March, 7.30pm Diardaoin 16 Am Màrt, 7.30f

Kathryn Joseph

Contemporary concert organised in partnership with the Touring Network’s ‘Get In’ scheme for young promoters Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr Winner of the 2015 SAY Awards for her highlyacclaimed album Bones You Have Thrown Me, And Blood I’ve Spilled, Aberdeen singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph has been described as “Prodigiously talented and criminally underrated.” Kathryn is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. “Opportunities to see such talented vocalists perform don’t come around often.” Metro With an opening set from The Northenders, young talent from Skye. Adult £12, Members £10, Students/Young Persons £6, Seasons Free


Mallory Beyond Everest

Saturday 18 March, 1pm

Lunchtime theatre from a Highland actor Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr

Disathairne 18 Am Màrt, 1f

A real Highland collaboration, this terrific one man play is written by locally-based John Burns, directed by talented Eden Court staff members Catherine MacNeil and Melissa MacDonald with music by renowned Highland musician Bob Pegg. On 8 June 1924 George Mallory and Andrew Irvine vanished into the mist on their final push toward the unconquered summit of Everest. They were never seen alive again. First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the play provides a fascinating insight into the mind of a man torn between his love for his wife and his relentless desire to be the first man to reach the highest point on earth. This is a human story told with humour and passion. The play includes original film footage of the 1924 Everest Expedition. Hot pies and drinks will be on sale. Adults £10, Members £8, Students/Young Persons £5, Seasons Free

Thursday 23 March, 7.30pm Diardaoin 23 Am Màrt, 7.30f

Plan B Dance ‘Citizen’

People leave places, sometimes by£10; choice, Adult: £14, Member: £12; Adult/young person Season Free

Movement with music and song Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC main hall Plan B is one of Scotland’s leading dance companies, based in Ross-shire. Created by Glasgow-based Irish-born choreographer Chrissie Ardill and composer Mariam Rezaei, Citizen is a darkly humorous look at how we bring our identity with us wherever we go. With four dancers and live music mixed by Mariam, Citizen takes us on the journey so many immigrants have made. This new production is an

exploration of global migration and what happens when we arrive in new destinations. sometimes because they have to. Where do they go? How do they fit in? What are the barriers and who put them there? What happens when cultures collide? Does anybody listen? Vibrant movement with music and song, laced with humour, combine in this hourlong production for audiences of all ages.

Adults £12, Members £10, Students/Young Persons £6, Seasons Free


Charlie McKerron

with Ross Ainslie, Mark Clement and Tim Edey Tarskavaig Hall Charlie is one of Scotland’s finest fiddle players and a frequent visitor to Skye - he will be back in August. He is joined by three renowned Scots trad musicians: Ross Ainslie, Marc Clement and Tim Edey, who was the Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year in 2012. Tarskavaig Hall has the best view of any village hall in Scotland and has very limited seating.

Wednesday 29 March, 7.30pm Diciadain 29 Am Màrt, 7.30f

Thursday 30 March, 7.30pm Diardaoin, 30 Am Màrt, 7.30f

Booking is essential. Bring your own bottle. Entry by donation

The Traditional Music Course students from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig present a night of Gaelic song, music and piping.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Music Course With guest pipers, singers and musicians Traditional concert Decker Forrest, Christine Primrose, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr Murdo Cameron and Angus MacKenzie and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Adults £10, Members £8, Students/Young Persons £5, Seasons Free


Friday 31 March, 8pm Dihaoine, 31 Am Màrt, 8f

The Dead Man’s Waltz vs Injuns

A 10th birthday celebration Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr The Dead Man’s Waltz are four musicians from Skye who are re-imagining their traditions into a style they call folk noir.

The Dead Man’s Waltz are set to return in 2017 to celebrate their tenth birthday (in various guises...) with a tour and two further singles as weird, as badass and as wonderful as ever. “The Dead Man’s Waltz find the common ground between the bleak tragedy of the island folk ballads and the more flamboyant execution of the European cabaret tradition.” The Scotsman Adults £12, Members £10s Students/Young Persons £6, Seasons Free

Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra Classical music concert Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC main hall

Based in Broadford, the Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra is led by conductor Iain Roden. The evening will feature Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no 4 with Chris Watkiss as soloist, on a grand piano hired in thanks to a bequest from the late Dennis Briggs.

Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm Disathairne 1 An Giblean, 7.30f

Adults£10, Members £8, Students/Young Persons £5, Seasons Free


Monday 3 April, 2pm Diluain 3 An Giblean, 2f

A Stone’s Throw

Giddy Aunt Theatre: Puppet Animation Festival Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC main hall “She threw a stone at the Sun ... everything went dark.”

Thursday 6 April, 7.30pm Diardaoin 6 An Giblean, 7.30f

A Stone’s Throw is a modern day fairytale about a girl who throws a stone at the sun and knocks it down. Exploring environmental issues, overcoming our fears and notions of self worth, A Stone’s Throw blends shadow puppetry, live music, innovative movement and storytelling with Giddy Aunt’s trademark witty style and dark humour. Meet the legendary Bird King, West Coast’s terrifying Lighthouse Lady and the wise Giant Sloth, as we journey across the planet on a quest to piece the sun back together again before the earth is changed forever. The event forms part of the Puppet Animation Festival 2017. Sixty minutes long and suitable for ages five plus. Adults £5, Members £3, Students/Young Persons £5, Under 10 and Seasons Free


Sunday 9 April, 8pm

Là na Sabaid 9 An Giblean,

Shappi Khorsandi ‘Oh My Country’

Star of Live at the Apollo stand-up comedy Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC main hall Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and QI, Shappi Khorsandi is back with a brand new show for 2017. Shappi is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her arrival in Britain from Iran. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome). Shappi has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm. Suitable for audiences 16+ “Seriously funny and suprisingly filthy.” The New Statesman “Makes live comedy thrilling.” London Evening Standard

Friday 7 April, 7.30pm

Dihaoine, 7 An Giblean, 7.30f

Inner Sound Singers

The Spring Concert Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC main hall A choral concert of soloists, young and old, from the Skye and Lochalsh singing group directed by Ann Lampard. The concert will include pieces from light opera and music from the classical repertoire.

All tickets £12

Adults £12, Members £10, Student/young person £6, Seasons Free

Màiri Chaimbeul and Jenna Moynihan with Brìghde Chaimbeul and Speyfest Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr



Award-winning musicians, Màiri Chaimbeul, from Skye and Jenna Moynihan, from Lakewood, NY, combine to make contemporary music rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian OldTime. The pair met in 2012 whilst

studying at Berklee College of Music and are a product of the thriving and rich Boston music community. They are joined by Brìghde Chaimbeul, The Radio 2 young Folk Award winner. The evening opens with musicians from The Young Entertainer, a Speyfest project. The finalists are out on tour of the Highlands with clarsach, fiddles, whistles/small pipes, Scots song and creative dance. Adults £12, Members £10, Student/young person £6, Seasons Free


Tuesday 11 April, 7.30pm Dimàirt 11 An Giblean, 7.30f

Hamish Napier and Ross Martin

Friday 14 April, 2pm

Dihaoine 14 An Giblean, 2f

The Magic Horse


Yugen Puppet Co: Puppet Animation Festival Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC main hall

Award-winning musicians from SMO’s Short Courses, Hamish Napier, flute and whistle; and guitarist Ross Martin, start the night with some good music and craic.

Fingal is seeking his fortune when his tired old horse is replaced by a magic one. The Magic Horse takes him on an adventure to meet a prince who then sends Fingal on a number of quests to win the heart of a Princess.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr

Dallahan is one of the fastest rising forces on the international folk circuit. Heavily rooted in trad Irish music, the band call on their mixed heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. “Some of the most exciting trad musicians to emerge in recent years.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 “Like a world music festival in one group.” LiveIreland Adults £14, Members/Students £12, Young persons £5, Seasons Free


But who will win her love in the end? And what will become of the magic horse? In this storytelling show with audience involvement, performed in a vivid and colourful cloth setting of patchwork trees, fields and sky, children become courtiers, mountains and magnificent castles. Puppets move through human forests and snapping crocodile waters on an ever changing shadow backdrop. 45 minutes long. Suitable for 3+

Adults £8, Members £6, Students/Young Persons £4, Under 10 and Seasons Free


with Mairead Stewart and Ewen Henderson Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr

Tuesday 18 April 8pm Dimàirt 18 An Giblean 8f

Glasgow-based five-piece Ìmar are a lineup featuring current and former members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and The Lowground, whose collective trophy-cabinet includes a BBC Young Folk Award and many All-Britain/AllIreland titles. “Striking musicianship, artful arrangements and sheer, absolute delight.” Songlines Mairead Stewart, Gaelic singer from Lewis and Ewen Henderson, Gaelic singer and instrumentalist from Fort William are tutors at the Short Courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig this week. Adults £14, Members/ Students £12, young persons £7, Seasons Free

George Egg: Anarchist Cook One man, one hotel room, three courses Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC Main hall

Join George Egg for this comedy show meets illustrated lecture meets cookery demonstration and discover the science behind his absurd but resourceful cooking methods. The Edinbuirgh Fringe favourite comedian will deliver a complete three-course meal using only the tools available in a standard hotel room. “It is refreshing to encounter a performer who is really unique.” The Telegraph “A hilarious show with surprisigly good food.” The Times

Wednesday 19 April, 8pm Diciadain 19 An Giblean, 8f

“A genius ... He is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy.” Scotland on Sunday Adults £14, Members/ Students £10, Young Persons £6, Seasons Free


Wednesday 3 May, 8pm Diciadain 3 An Cèitean, 8f

Kathleen MacInnes, Laoise Kelly & Tiarnan O’Duinnchinn The Gaelic and Irish Tradition Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr

A trio of top Scots and Irish performers come together for an exceptional evening of traditional music.

Monday 24 April, 8pm Diluain 24 An Giblean 8f

Veronica and Max of The Red Wine Serenaders

Italian blues and ragtime from European winners Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr

Kathleen MacInnes, is a highly regarded Gaelic singer, actress and tv presenter from South Uist. Irish harpist Laoise Kelly has three critically acclaimed solo albums. Uillean piper Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn has been regularly touring and performing across the world since 1995. Adults £12, Members £10, Students/Young Persons £6, Seasons Free

The Red Wine Serenaders is a musical project featuring a talented combo of musicians who passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20s and 30s. Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi, originators of the project, like to keep this precious musical heritage alive faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it with a modern twist. “Good time blues is alive and well and residing in... Milan, Italy. A band with a mission.” Folk & Roots Magazine Adults £14, Members £12, Students/Young Persons £7, Seasons Free


Thursday, 15 June, 7.30pm Diardaoin 15 An t-Ogmhios, 7.30 f

Saturday 20 May, 8pm

Thursday 1 June, 8pm

New Focus

The Kelvin Ensemble Orchestra

Disathairne 20 An Cèitean, 8f

‘Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr “Luscious moments as jazz quartet and string quartet entwine...a highly organic and lyrical collaboration” The Scotsman Showcasing Scottish National Jazz Orchestra saxophone star Konrad Wiszniewski’s inventive, soulfully communicative playing and Euan Stevenson’s elegant, coolly considered pianism, the quartet is completed by a rhythm section in Mario Caribe on double bass and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s drums and percussion dynamo, Alyn Cosker. Adults £12, Members/ Students £10, Young Persons £6, Seasons Free

Diardaoin 1 An t-Ogmhios, 8f

30 piece Chamber orchestra of Glasgow students Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC Main Hall

The Kelvin Ensemble was founded in 1991 by a group of students at Glasgow University, providing musicians from across the university with the opportunity to perform classical music concerts under the direction of professional conductors. Now 10 years old, the Ensemble is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading non-professional chamber orchestras. Adults £12, Members/Students £10, Young Persons £6, Seasons Free

Jeremy Hardy

He is best known as a regular on Radio 4 panel games such as The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just A Minute. TV appearances include QI, Blackadder Goes Forth and Mock The Week.

Jeremy Hardy is one of Britain’s most wellestablished alternative stand-ups, unafraid to mix his socialist politics into his topical act.

Jeremy has been a regular columnist for London’s ES Magazine and the Guardian and has written two books, Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation, based on his Radio 4 series of the same name, and When Did You Last See Your Father.

The second of our national comedy nights An Crùbh The new community hub in Sleat

In 2002, he travelled to the West Bank to make a film documentary about the International Solidarity Movement called Jeremy Hardy vs. The Israeli Army.

Adults £14, unwaged £5, Members and Seasons £12


Skyedance Showcase

Young, talented contemporary dancers Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC Main Hall First established in 2003, the first Skyedance showcase was performed in June 2004 and was a sell-out hit, confirming the appetite and passion for dance on the Island. Performed by the young dancers from Skye and Lochalsh, the annual showcase continues to highlight the diversity and quality of instruction available. It brings together dancers from the regular Skyedance classes as well as providing a platform for all dancers and teachers of dance in the area. It has become a highlight for both the dancers and the wider public.

Saturday 17 June, 7.30pm Disathairne 17 An t-Ogmhios, 7.30f

Adults £14, Members £12, Students/Young Persons £7, Seasons Free

In 2014, six musicians from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia met for the first time in a studio in the Highlands. For five days they immersed themselves in the creation of new music together, combining their different backgrounds and musical traditions to create something completely unique. Six days later they emerged and performed five concerts in Scotland, culminating in a show at Celtic Connections. Thus, The Secret North was born.

Wednesday 21 June, 8pm Diciadain 21 An t-Ogmhios, 8f

The Secret North

Ailie Robertson, harp, and five musicians Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, An Talla Mòr


Featuring Donald Grant, fiddle; Ailie Robertson, harp; Sondre Meisfjord, double bass; Karen Tweed, accordion; Brian Finnegan, whistle, flute; Marit Fält, mandola. Adults £14, Members/ Students £12, Young Persons £6, Seasons Free

Thank you - mòran taing The events in this programme are organised by SEALL - Skye Events for All - the community-led promoter on Skye.

Friday 30 June, 7.30pm Dihaoine 30 An t-Ogmhios, 7.30f

Saturday 1 July, 2pm Disathairne 1 An t-Iuchar, 2f

Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm Disathairne 1 An t-Iuchar, 7.30f

Lorayne McLucas Dance

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC Main Hall Last Year Lorayne McLucas Performing Arts students produced two sold out shows in June and December as well as performing at Eden Court as part of the Highland-wide Big Dance Performance. Lorayne’s dancers come from all over Skye and Lochalsh to present some lively performances with her junior and senior Musical Theatre and Jazz classes Adults £10, Members/ Students £8, Young Persons £5

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SEALL directors

Eileen Armstrong Robert Spode Jacqui MacKinnon Rosie MacDonald

Duncan MacInnes Pam Allan Kath NicLeòid (for SMO) Alastair MacAoidh (for SMO)

Event management Director Administration Communications Young promoters Images In partnership with the SMO Short Courses

Duncan MacInnes Marie Lewis Sara Bain Fionn McKee Arthur Brook-Young Rob Ware The artists SEALL library Martin MacLure

Support team

Thanks to our team of 25 wonderful front of house volunteers and helpers.

Bu toil leinn taing a thoirt do

VisitSleat The trustees and staff of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig All the performers Those not named who find themselves on stage as performers or ‘Fear no Bean an Taighe’ All those who help us out in moments of panic Other local organisers of the community venues All those who donated raffle prizes And, of course, our wonderful audiences

We applaud you Mòran taing a h-uile duine



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The 26th Fèis an Eilein The Skye Festival takes place between 4 July and 25 August 2017