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      Harris & Scalpay News

The Isle of Harris Distillery has inked a three-year deal with the HebCelt Festival to return with its Isle of Harris Cèilidh Tent.

The tent, which proved a hit last year, will feature a curated line-up of talented contemporary trad musicians from across Scotland, cèilidh dancing, bespoke décor, and a selection of premium’ Cèilidh Cocktails’. 

In addition to serving its award-winning gin, the Isle of Harris Distillery will debut its brand new Harris Cèilidh Bottle, which goes on official sale next Wednesday (July 17), the festival’s opening night.

The Isle of Harris Cèilidh Tent’s entertainment gets underway the following day (Thursday, July 18) with live music by Anna Massie, Alasdair White & Keith Morrison, and singer Evie Waddell. To help create a vibrant Harris cèilidh atmosphere are Emma Scalpay and band.

The following afternoon (Friday, July 19), Corina and the Ragin’ Ceilidh Band take to the ceilidh tent stage while multi-talented distillery brand ambassador Sam Cain wraps up the entertainment on Saturday afternoon. 

Carol Ferguson, Festival Operations Coordinator for HebCelt, said: “Building on the success of last year, we’re thrilled to be collaborating with the Isle of Harris Distillery for the second year in a row. Their dedication to championing our island communities aligns  perfectly with our mission at HebCelt.”

She said this new partnership will allow HebCelt to explore new ways to enrich the festival experience.

“The Harris Cèilidh Tent was a highlight last year, and we’re excited to bring even more memorable moments to this year’s festival in collaboration with Isle of Harris Distillery,” she added.

Commenting on the partnership, Isle of Harris Distillery’s Managing Director Simon Erlanger said: “As HebCelt prepares to open its gates once again, it stands as a testament to the power of music, community and cultural preservation in the Hebrides. We are proud to play our part in bringing this important festival to life, working alongside our friends on Lewis to unite people from all sorts of backgrounds, countries and cultures with good music and, of course, good drink.” 

HebCelt Festival is now in its 28th year. It is a leading Celtic music and culture celebration that runs from Wednesday, July 17, to Saturday, July 20. An expected 18,000 visitors from around the world will attend.