Paint a Pot has expanded with a new Stornoway shop joining its original studio at the former Coll Pottery.

The new premises are located on the corner of Church Street and Keith Street in the former ‘Good Yarn’ shop.  

Using the same formula as in Back, the Stornoway Paint a Pot is now open and offers the same range of ceramics for creative fun for all ages.

A free coffee is on offer for this week only to encourage people to come in a have a look around or better still try their hand at creating their own unique ceramics to take home.

A sunny Stornoway was the setting for the launch of Scottish singer-songwriter Norrie ‘Tago’ Maciver’s debut album this afternoon (Friday 18th July).

 

In front of a crowd packed inside the HebCelt office on Cromwell Street, Norrie, who is also lead singer of Manran, sang a selection of songs from his first solo album, The Road Dance. 

 

A mix of originals and covers, they reflected his Gaelic country-rock style of music, and had festival goers swaying along to the sound.  He finished the short set of Gaelic and English songs with Wagonwheel, a popular tune from his time as lead singer of award-winning band Bodega, before signing copies of the album for fans. 

 

Since the age of 18, Norrie – originally from Carloway - has been performing around the world, and has recorded with the likes of Julie Fowlis and Daimh.  Having been brought up on Lewis, it was fitting for Norrie to launch his solo work at home with HebCelt.

 

To top it off, Norrie will be performing with his full band on the Islands Stage at 6.50pm in the main festival arena this evening.

 

One of the leading acts at the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s Gaelic Showcase is the Mischa MacPherson Trio, who have become a major force in the traditional music world after winning the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award earlier this year.

 

The Mischa Macpherson Trio will take to the stage at An Lanntair tonight (Friday 18th July) at a concert that will also feature Edinburgh-based singer Rachel Newton.

 

Mischa MacPherson, who hails from Sandwick, and bandmates Innes White and Conal McDonagh, from Dingwall and Poolewe, together create a magical, ethereal sound that takes its cues from the Gaelic tradition of their homes.

 

Fusing Mishca’s vocals and clarsach playing with the boys’ guitar, pipes, and whistle, the Trio’s talent was combined on the Fèis Rois International Ceilidh Trail in the summer of 2011.  They quickly formed a connection, and have since played at venues ranging from the Edinburgh Fringe to Celtic Connections, as well as at locations around the world; plans are already in place for performances in England, Norway, and Canada later this year.

 

“We would really like to travel more and get to see the world together as a band,” says Mischa. “Staying good friends and continuing to enjoy what we do is also really important for us.  We enjoy each other’s company and making music together – and right now we are making the most of the brilliant opportunities coming our way.”

 

“We absolutely love the travelling part.  My two loves in life are music and travelling and it’s the most incredible feeling to sit in a new country knowing that it’s music that has brought you to experience another little corner of the world.”

 

“However, we definitely don’t change the music depending on the location.  We like to keep our material true to how we would play it at home and I think people around the world often appreciate that more, especially with Gaelic songs.”

 

The Trio are equally as excited to be playing on what for Mischa is home turf, as they are to be performing at far-flung festivals.  Indeed one of 20-year-old Mischa’s earliest musical memories is of the Hebridean Celtic Festival, sitting on her father’s shoulders as he danced into the night on the Castle Green.

 

“HebCelt is a really special time of year for me.  I think I’ve only ever missed one or two festivals since they began,” says Mischa.  “My dad has taken me dutifully every year and I still always catch a concert or two with him.  It was there that I was introduced to a large and diverse range of inspirational musicians and probably where my love for Scottish music was reinforced.”

 

Last year Mischa took part in HebCelt when she sang with Lewis Women in An Lanntair, and says it is “just so exciting to be going up again this year with the Trio.  There’ll be plenty of songs from home and the Western Isles in our set as well as tunes and songs that we have picked up along the road.”

 

 

Tickets for tonight’s Gaelic Showcase, which begins at 7.30pm at An Lanntair, are still available and cost £10/£12.