Radio Nan Gaidheal to Broadcast Live From HebCelt

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday July 18 2018

Pictured: Emma Lamont of Radio Nan Gaidheal.

International artists from the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival will take part in free, live shows to be broadcast on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal this week.

The 23rd annual HebCelt runs from today (Wednesday) until Saturday and Radio nan Gaidheal will capture a flavour of the festival in two special shows from Stornoway Town Hall, presented by Emma Lamont.

On Thursday, from 2pm-4pm, the show will feature Canadian trio Vishtèn; Glasgow-based trad band TRIP; Scots fiddler and American cellist duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas; as well as performers from Blasta, which brings together a group of multi-talented Gaelic singers - Anna Murray, Mischa Macpherson, Ceitlin Smith, Josie Duncan and Calum Alex Macmillan.

On Friday, from 3pm-5pm, performances will come from Kinnaris Quintet; Lewis singer songwriter Iain Morrison; Yves Lambert Trio, from Quebec; and London-based Pilgrim’s Dream, the project of former Royal Marines Commando Rob Ouseley.

BBC Radio nan Gàidheal music producer John Murray said:

“We are delighted to be part of the festival again this year.

“It’s always a busy week but full of great music and the best bit is that we get to share that with the audience.

“We are keen to welcome folk along to enjoy the programme and the music. 

“It’s free entry and a great chance to hear an intimate performance from some fabulous singers and players.”

HebCelt will also feature on BBC Scotland’s Travelling Folk programme, presented by Bruce MacGregor who is playing at the festival with Blazin’ Fiddles.

The show will feature eavesdrop recordings from Thursday’s LWP Islands Stage shows by TRIP and Trail West, as well as Friday’s line-up including Aberdeenshire singer Iona Fyfe, Vishtèn, Kinnaris Quintet, Yves Lambert Trio and Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble.

Music from HebCelt, plus interviews conducted by Bruce MacGregor with festival artists, will feature on the Travelling Folk programme on Wednesday, 25 July and in later shows.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said:

“Radio nan Gaidheal is a great supporter of HebCelt and these free, live shows give people in Stornoway and those listening on the radio a real taste of the festival.

“We are also delighted that Travelling Folk will be with us this week and will be sharing the HebCelt experience with a national radio audience.”

The radio coverage is in addition to the national TV exposure being given to HebCelt with The One Show broadcasting live from the festival arena on Friday evening.

This year’s HebCelt runs from 18-21 July with headliners Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish and Roddy Woomble.

Day tickets for HebCelt are available from the festival shop and website.




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