Skipinnish are set to entertain HebCelt crowds next summer
Skipinnish, Blazin’ Fiddles, and Tide Lines are all set to entertain Stornoway next summer as the Hebridean Celtic Festival reveals the first acts for the 2018 party.
An enticing mix of international artists and home-grown talent make up the first acts announced for the multi-award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival’s 2018 line-up.
HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “This is a fresh, lively set of artists which is in line with HebCelt’s aim to bring a mix of established and young talent from different cultures to our audience.
“It’s a great start to our 2018 programme and we will have more exciting announcements, including our other headline acts, in the coming weeks.”
HebCelt has enjoyed a highly successful year, picking up three major awards, but is already planning for its 23rd event next summer – running from July 19th to 21st – with the first acts on the bill coming from three different countries.
Festival favourites Skipinnish will headline the arena opening evening on Thursday, July 19th.
The band’s ascent is escalating, having rocketed to the top of the Scottish music scene recently and being shortlisted for ‘Live Act of the Yea’r at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017.
They have also released four consecutive chart-topping, self-penned singles and enjoyed a 3,000-seat, sell-out concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Having released their ninth album this month, the internationally-acclaimed Blazin’ Fiddles will play HebCelt as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations next year.
And, after a stunning HebCelt debut last year, Tide Lines will be back in 2018.
Also shortlisted for ‘Live Act of the Year’ in the Trad Awards, the band, who released their first full-length album this summer, have a fervent fanbase which helped their show in Stornoway in March next year sell out in ten minutes and seen their music rack up huge numbers of online streams.
Local band The Tumbling Souls, a six-piece, fronted by Lewis singer-songwriter Willie Campbell and featuring members of Face The West, Astrid and Hò-Rò, will make their festival arena debut in 2018.
Also featured are Kinnaris Quintet, a new all-female band who combine new compositions with traditional Scottish and Irish, Bluegrass, old-time and classical music.
The band members have performed with Shooglenifty, Fiddler’s Bid, Niteworks, The Shee, Salsa Celtica, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Band, Dougie MacLean, Fat-Suit, Songs Of Separation and Phil Cunningham, to name a few.
Completing the Scottish contingent, Trail West, whose members hail from Tiree and South Uist, plan a new album in 2018, backed with a new six-piece festival line-up.
And Vishtèn and the Yves Lambert Trio join the festival programme to continue HebCelt’s long cultural connection to Canada.
Hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline area, Vishtèn are a trio of multi-instrumentalists who merge traditional French songs and Celtic and Acadian music with a modern twist of rock and indie-folk influences.
Yves Lambert, who appeared at HebCelt 20 years ago as frontman for La Bottine Souriante, finally returns to the festival.
The charismatic musician has been a pioneer and driving force for Québécois folk music for 40 years and is credited with extending its popularity outside Canada.
And representing Denmark will be one of the country’s leading folk acts, Habadekuk - an eight-piece band which blends folk, salsa and big band jazz.
The group’s debut album was awarded Album of the Year at the Danish Music Awards in 2011 and picked up the Tradition Award two years later.
A limited quantity of early bird tickets, priced £90, £80 concession and £15 (6-14 years) are available from www.hebceltfest.com.
Earlier this month, HebCelt was named ‘Best Cultural Event or Festival’ in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, a title it also won in 2014.
The festival also collected both the ‘Festival of the Year’ award and the ‘Grand Prix’ prize for ‘Best of the Best’ at the Scottish Event Awards; and is also one of only two Scottish events among the ten finalists for a UK Greener Festival Award.
Organisers followed up the hugely successful 2017 event, headlined by The Waterboys, Imelda May and Dougie MacLean, just a few weeks later by curating a sell-out opening concert at the Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany on 5 August – Europe’s largest Celtic festival - when Scotland was Guest Country of Honour.