One of the UK's top music festivals aims to buck the economic recession with the announcement of a top line-up for its 15th anniversary.
The Hebridean Celtic Festival (14-17 July) which is staged in Stornoway, has announced Runrig, Imelda May, Julie Fowlis, Treacherous Orchestra, Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds, Blazin’ Fiddles, Breabach, Iain Morrison, The Fox Hunt, and The Poozies amongst the performers it will be hosting. They will also be announcing a further headline act to friends of the festival when final confirmation is in place.
Festival Director Caroline MacLennan said: "We are delighted to be announcing a programme that is rich in entertainment, laden with award winners and innovative in its content. We have one of Scotland's most popular bands in Runrig and a range of music that includes punk on traditional instruments, African influences, and beautiful Gaelic singing. There is lots to excite the thousands of people who come to the festival."
This is the 15th year of the award winning festival that attracts people from around the world. Regular visitors from countries such as the USA, Canada and New Zealand make the journey to Stornoway each year to sample quality music in a unique island setting.
The festival was voted Event of the Year in the prestigious MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2009 and now expects to enhance that reputation further.
Said Caroline MacLennan: “Given that the festival and ferry prices are incredibly competitive, we really are putting on a recession busting event. People will be able to experience a family-friendly feast of music at a price that is kind to their pockets.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland, said: “Scotland’s Outer Hebrides is an area of unparalleled natural beauty which benefits enormously each year from an influx of visitors attending the Hebridean Celtic Music Festival. EventScotland’s funding will promote all aspects of the extended anniversary programme to ensure the success of the Festival into and beyond its 15th anniversary year.”