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Tiree Tech Wave

This will be the last Tiree Tech Wave ‘as we know it’.

However, TTW will continue in spirit as a peripatetic event continuing the theme of technology at the margins (geographic or social), but in a variety of other locations. The first non-Tiree TTW will be in Penparcau in the Spring. If you have a location you believe would be good and are prepared to do a little local organisation, please get in touch wth Alan.

The Atlantic fringe was the haven of scholarship through the Dark Ages and is the haunt of windsurfers today. The Tech Wave tries to capture a little of the spirit of each (see vision); from mashups to breadboards, Arduino to RDF, we will consider the social and philosophical challenges of technology by engaging directly with it.

Come to take time to explore ideas that keep being put on the backburner, to be stimulated by others, or simply to be intellectually refreshed. As always there is no fixed agenda, the issues and activities depend on you! If you want to get an idea for what happens, read about previous Tech Waves or see some of the projects or outcomes.

Tiree Tech Wave offers a time to step out, albeit momentarily, from a target-driven world, to experiment and play with hardware and software, to discuss the issues of our new digital maker culture, what we know and what we seek to understand, and above all to make things together.

This is all about technology and people: the physical device that sits in our hands, the mashup that tells us about local crime, the new challenges to personal privacy and society and the nation state. It is also a chance to explore the margins and understand what technology means outside the urban digital heartlands.

Important notice: children under 16 must be accompanied at all times by an adult who is responsible for them.

Tiree Wave Classic 2018

The Tiree Wave Classic is the longest running professional windsurfing event in the world. It was founded in 1985 to the present, showcasing the best of the UK’s windsurfing talents from across a number of fleets. It ranges from the Juniors to the World Cup Professional Windsurfers.

The event has been hosted since 2015 by Wild Diamond Watersports, a company based on Tiree who have been involved in the competition since its conception.

This years competition was off to a slow start due to a delay brought on by the weather disruptions with Cal Mac following storm Callum. While a majority of the competitors arrived on the island on the Saturday evening boat, An Talla was transformed into the event headquarters for the week of the competition.

Both the Elephant’s End pop up café and the Windswept Brewing Co. pop up bar returned this year in An Talla, while the Gertrude’s Grub food van and the Windswept Brewing.Co van followed the action outdoors to provide both competitors and spectators with refreshments at the competition sites.

The main hall featured several local run stalls with merchandise, including Tiree Chocolate, Wild Diamond and Hebri Boards. The event HQ at An Talla has been opened up for both the competition spectators and island locals to enjoy.

This years competition brought in the highest number of competitors on record with a total fleet of 86 including Masters, Pros, Amateurs, Womens’ and Youths’ resulting in a 21% growth on last years event which had 71 entrants. Participants have travelled from around the globe, including Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, the Chanel Islands, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Spain and Australia, to take part in Tiree’s based competition, bringing business and activity to the island, before the wind down to the quieter Winter season.

“This is such a fantastic place – first time on Tiree and lovely weather with great waves and great wind… it’s going to be superb! I can’t wait to come back already!” Tim Lawes, Masters Fleet.

“Amazing vibe, it’s wicked there are so many competitors!” Adam Lewis, Pro fleet winner for Tiree Wave Classic 2017 (Ranked 5th in the World)

Sunday 14th saw An Talla filled to the brim with the competitors for the morning briefing. Breakfasts flew from the cafe’s doors as the sun greeted Tiree with blue skies and light, variable winds which were unsuitable for the competition.

Monday 15th had the Pros at Gott Bay supporting the Future Pro’s youth fleet, which had 19 competitors taking part including three local children. The Future Pro’s initiative established at the Tiree Wave Classic some 15 years ago, is now a national initiative at all the British Wavesailing Association events in the UK. Training camps nationally include tuition from Wild Diamond as well as support and advice from the pros. Participants will have some of their first experiences in the waves while others will receive training for competition.

Tuesday 16th presented the competition with idyllic weather for wind surfers! Contest activities started at the crack of dawn to make the most of Tiree’s wind and waves.

Wednesday 17th further competition was attempted in warmer, sunnier conditions without success while competitors revelled in Crossapol’s picture perfect waves which were great for surfing and paddle boarding. The occassional puff of wind just tantalized competitors.

Competitors representing Tiree included Stewart Cowling and Gavin Dunlop in the Amateur Fleet, Mike Archer in the Pro Fleet and Charlotte Vale, Eddie Maclean and Magnus Robinson in the Youth Fleet.

Other events from the Wave Classic included ‘Meet the Pros’ night, a movie night, a curry night at Ceabhar and the closing prize giving ceremony followed by live music with some fantastic local musicians. The event media outputs include:

? A 28 minute movie covering the 2018 competition for Sky Sports and cable networks.

? Numerous magazine articles, newspaper articles.

? Numerous radio and TV interviews.

All of this assisting Tiree’s visibility worldwide. Event sponsors included:

Argyll & Bute Council, Calmac Ferries, Red Bull, Event Scotland, Windswept Brewing, Scottish Salmon Company, Tiree Community Development Trust, Argyll Estates, Gordon Castle Gin and more! The event will end a day early this year on Thursday 18th due to a lack of Cal Mac capacity with the growth in the Event. Tiree seems to get a bit busier every year and it would appear that the success of the Event, and its growth run hand in hand with Tiree’s popularity as a visitor destination.

Brendan O’Hara MP Visit To Tiree

It’s not often that Tiree gets a visit from three of its representatives on the same day but that is what happened on Monday, 25th September when local MP Brendan O’Hara joined SNP colleague Councillor Jim Lynch and Councillor Roddy McCuish on a constituency visit.

Mr O’Hara kicked off the day with a visit to Tiree High School to meet staff and pupils before meeting up with the Tiree Development Trust and finishing off with a constituency surgery.

Mr O’Hara said,

“It’s always good to visit Tiree. My thanks to Tiree High School for their warm welcome and it was good to meet up with the Development Trust to bring me up to date on what is happening and the latest issues on the island”.

Of course if anyone didn’t manage to see me you can always email me directly or call my office.”

The contact details for Mr O’Hara are below:

Tel: 01436 670587

Write: 8 Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh, G84 8AD Email:

Tiree’s Flag is Officially Unveiled

It was a historic moment for the island on the 8th of September. After months of hard work and consideration, Tiree’s official flag was unveiled to the public in the small hall of An Talla.
Despite some last minute arrangements and postponing due to the plane’s delay, it gave the weather adequate time to chase away the grey clouds and reveal bright sunny weather, perfect for what was in store. An Talla was bustling with both locals and visitors for the Ultra marathon, with a few of the runners popping in to witness the ceremony for themselves. Refreshments were provided during the greeting as the small hall filled with individuals, before Dr John Holliday opened the proceedings of the unveiling. He expressed the importance of flags, stating “Tiree needs a rallying point more than a lot of other places. One thing you can say about Tiree is that over the last century and a half, is that it is a place you have to leave, for one reason or another. There are over a million people of Tiree descent around the world and bringing all this Tiree primary together is quite a difficult thing and so I thought having a flag would be a good way of doing this. Many of these people who left have had two Gaelic words engraved on theirs hearts: dualchas meaning where you come from and the second one is cianalas which is a longing for home. ”
Tiree Community Council began the process of creating a flag for the island two years ago, in May 2016. A sub committee was formed and the competition was arranged earlier this year, in April. 261 entries were submitted to the contest, originating from as far as Canada, Switzerland and South Uist. “When they came in, in this big box, we spread them out on the tables in the Trust offices, we were completely overwhelmed. There were a lot of designs to choose from. Everybody in the flag committee chose a different design, and we didn’t agree at all. I thought at that stage “How are we ever going to whittle this down to one flag? If it hadn’t been for Lord Lyon, we would have struggled.” The committee set up a stall at the Agricultural Show in the summer, they flew four of the flags at the Business Centre in Crossapol for all to see so members of the public could vote by post and there was online voting as well. The committee made their best effort to create an open competition and choose a flag that would best represent the island for years to come, with 1,598 individuals voting.
In all methods of the voting, there was one clear winner. Donald Cameron from Scarinish was revealed as the contest winner with 56% of the vote. He used the stalks of barley to remind us that Tiree is the most fertile of all the Hebridean Islands, and create an orb to symbolise the ‘sunshine isle’.
Dr Holliday went on to explain that Angus MacPhail would be raising the Tiree flag at the ‘Best of the West’ festival in Inveraray and that the winners of the Ultramarathon would have a flag to keep wrapped around them upon crossing the finish line. “The flag is not just a physical flag – it is a design that I hope will be used on mugs, hoodies and tea towels. It is a community flag, it belongs to all of us. There is no copyright. Anyone can take it. The more we use it, the more it will become a part of the communities heritage.” There was mention that the committee desired to make the 2nd September Tiree’s flag day, and do something in celebration of the islands new symbol.
Donald Cameron said, “I’m very proud to win this honour. It’s an amazing thing to become part of the history of Tiree.” He thanked the individuals and groups that had taken part in the competition and added, “A great island deserves a great flag. Flags are really public symbols; it’s a symbol of who you think you are and it’s about what you want other people to think and know about you. It could be a slightly obscure reminder of the past, but its much stronger if it projects something about the island today that people don’t know very well. I picked a universally understood positive symbol like the sun. Tiree is one of the sunniest places in Britain, as you all know, and it’s this very particular sun that Tiree is also known as ‘Tir An Eorna’, land of the barley. The summer barley is a direct link to its past, it’s present and its future. I hope the people of Tiree take it to their heart and use it as much they like.”
The public were piped outside by David Buchan where Donald Cameron and his son raised the flag officially for the first time. Once back inside the hall, John Anderson blessed the flag from the Church of Scotland. Philip Tibbetts who came from the flag institute in London and offered his expertise was invited to speak. He apologised on behalf of his boss who sent his congratulations on the winning design and the island’s accumulation of an official flag. They were incredibly impressed with the vigorous and determined nature of the flags process.
Pat Boyd made a speech on behalf of HM lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, giving thanks to everyone who got involved from the contest entries, to those who voted, to the winner. Rosemary Omand made a speech on behalf of the Tiree Association. This was followed up by a poem written and recited by Donald Meek, which can be viewed in both Gaelic and English on the flags website. Ishbel Campbell sang Am Falbhh Thu Leam a’ Rìbhinn Òig?, with encouragement for the crowd to join in. Ian Gillies explained how individuals could download the flag for anyone’s use and those who attended the event were treated to lapel badges.
The unveiling ended with John Holliday giving thanks; “I’d like to thank everyone who sent in designs. It was agonising to realise how much time people put in to make the designs. It’s a very brutal process to whittle them down to four, and then whittle them down to one. So to everyone who had the courage to put pen to paper, I would like to thank you.” He also gave thanks to other individuals and groups who supported both the project and the event including Will Wright, the Tiree Trust, the Show Committee, Lord Lyon and the Flag Committee before thanking everyone who attended the event. It was a heart-warming day for Tiree’s community. The flag is available for download from the website:

Tiree’s Longest Tee-Off for Charity

The longest and largest round of golf in Tiree’s history has now been completed. After 32 miles, over two days (19 hours), using just three clubs and hitting over 900 shots, three intrepid golfers have successfully managed to circumnavigate the coast of this fair isle, whilst hitting a golf ball, all in the name of charity.

The three friends, Gordon Archibald (Perth), Jonathan Jack and Rory Murray (both Edinburgh), set out on this adventure aiming to raise money for three causes that were important to each individual: Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation for Vasculitus, Cancer Research UK and Sphephelo, a charity that supports disadvantaged women in South Africa. Starting their challenge at approximately 1pm from the first tee of Vaul Golf Club on Friday 3rd August, the trio played towards the renowned beach of Gott Bay before heading in an easterly direction around the island, with the aim of reaching their accommodation for the night: The Mill Hostel, before sunset. The weather gods had been kind and periods of sunshine were coupled with unusually light winds. Sporting some colourful trousers and matching polo shirts, the group were warmly greeted by countless locals and visitors that they came across. Coffee, water and golf balls were kindly offered at every turn and, most importantly of course, donations!

Amassing a total of 14 miles walking on day one, the boys reached the hostel as light was rapidly fading. The tough terrain around the famous Ringing Stone was particularly draining for the group but fortunately they utilised their secret weapon in case of emergency, a tennis ball. Rory tell us, ”The grass was just too thick and long and we were losing balls on every shot, but the tennis ball really saved us.”

Continuing their challenge early the next day from the front door of the hostel, the group set off with the intention of finishing the challenge on the 9th hole of the golf club that they started their journey. “It was tough going on that second day”, Johnny remarked, “The thick drizzle was unrelenting and we didn’t see a soul for a few hours, the enormity of the task was now firmly in our minds.” “A turning point was reaching the beautiful Balephuil Bay”, Gordy described. “The sun appeared and spirits raised accordingly. It was also at this point that we realised we would have enough golf balls to complete the challenge!” In total, the boys lost only 36 golf balls and 1 tennis ball.

In Scarinish, a slight detour to the police station was made to recover Rory’s lost wallet, which of course had been handed in by a member of the public, testament to the wonderful nature and character of those on the island.

At around 6pm on Saturday, some 29 hours after they had set off around the island, the boys putted out their final ball into the 9th hole of Vaul Club and embraced, completing their Golf Marathon. Raising a staggering £500 in cash donations on the island alone, coupled with £2500 of donations made online, the group amassed a total of over £3000. If you still wish to donate, then please visit our Facebook page: “3 Men and an Island”.

The boys wish to thank the committee of Vaul Golf Club for their incredible support in making this challenge a success. “And to the wonderful people of Tiree who donated money, cake, golf balls, coffee, water or just said hello and gave us a wave – a profound thank you, you are amazing!”

Aardman Animations are back on Tiree!

We are delighted to welcome Jim Parkyn from Aardman Animations back to Tiree. He loved his trip last time and was eager to return.

This time he will be working with S1 & S2 students for 2 days with Jack Lockhart and Alasdair Satchel. Each student will make their own animation about their experience growing up on Tiree and what Scotland means to them. The finished animations will be screened at The Oban Phoenix on the 7th October and will tour with the Screen Machine’s programme. The animations will also be submitted to a competition that the National Library of Scotland is running.

While Jim is here he will introduce a special Scratch and Sniff version of Aardman Classic: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. This will be held in An Talla at 6pm on Thursday 20th September.

Screen Argyll are delighted to be working in partnership with Regional Screen Scotland and the Highland and Island Enterprise as part of the Year of Young People. This project has also been made possible by the support of Into Film and is part of a national celebration of animation called Anim18.

Will Wright takes 1st at Coll Half Marathon

After a last minute decision to participate, on the 18th of August, Will and Becky Wright chose to travel to Coll for the islands annual half marathon. In previous years, Will had only just made it into the top ten runners. Despite feeling as though his winning days were over, he came in strong and took first place, finishing in 1 hour and 20 minutes! “Although it was only the local half marathon it did actually feel really good to be at the front of a race again and feeling strong. Since the Coll runners have supported our events so often it was nice to return the support and go and take part over there,” said Will. Becky also ran a great race, finishing in 1 hour and 51 minutes. She’s now looking forward to the Edinburgh Half Marathon towards the end of September.

People of Tiree – Rhoda Meek

Rhoda Meek was born and raised in Edinburgh, moving to the island around five and a half years ago. She works remotely as a Director of Customer Service for a Software Company in America, troubleshooting problems within the programs, but also took on her family’s croft.

Not only has Rhoda taken on with learning how to manage and work the croft, but she has accomplished a variety of projects since joining Tiree’s community. She took the time to sit down and talk about some of her experiences, including her latest project with building hayricks using traditional methods.

What did you have to do at the start when you arrived here?

I don’t think I knew what I wanted to do when I got here; I just do the things I enjoy. The main thing is that I knew this house needed attention and it was my main focus.

Did you live here in your grandmother’s house at the start or did you live somewhere else?

I lived in here and did up the other side. I stripped it out myself then had other people come in to fix it up. I’m quite good at building functional things but they don’t look pretty so I had professionals put it back together. The house was my main focus to make it liveable and reasonably modern. I started taking lets for the other end of the house because there’s no point in it just being me.

What was after fixing up the house?

I actually started the vegetables before the house was finished; I needed a project to keep me busy. The house was very cold and had little hot water so I needed something to take my mind off it. I had to SEE progress so that’s why I started doing the veg. As the house came to an end I started working on the croft.

So it’s all gradually come along, but you’ve made it work! You’ve built it up from something that wasn’t in the greatest condition.

Yeah it was cold, damp, draughty and came with a collection of insects. Before I decided I was going to rip the whole place apart – which we did – we stripped it all down to the stone and dirt, I hired a damp surveyor from Oban. He was quite a while before saying I have good and bad news. He says, “Well you have wet rot, wood weevil, woodworm, condensationary damp, rising damp and penetrating damp, but you don’t have any dry rot.” That was the one bit of good news! So, I decided to just start again. The stonework is still the original. The house was built in 1891, it’s never going to be perfect, never draft free etc but I like it that way, I want the house to keep its soul.

So how did “Fresh Off the Croft” start?

It started out because I enjoyed being outside. I wasn’t doing anything with the croft when I moved here and I wanted to be able to do things. I can’t spend all day on the computer so it was nice, but I also can’t spend all day staring at vegetables. The first year wasn’t that great but on the second year I had a few extra and decided to start selling them to people. I had enough money to pay for the seeds for next year and I thought maybe I could start selling vegetables. That’s how it kicked off. Then I spoke to Jane Williams my neighbour and she decided to get involved. It’s fun and people seem to enjoy eating them. We keep spare potatoes, carrots, onions, leeks so we’ve always got enough for soup. Kale grows throughout the year and this time of year there’s cucumbers and tomatoes. There’s usually lettuce but the caterpillars ate them this year. A lot of work goes into it and I dread to think what the hourly rate would be, but I really enjoy it. I think one of the nice things about crofting in general is that you cannot win against nature. Nature will always find a way to do what it wants to do. It sort of takes the pressure off as you’ll never be able to achieve perfection. You always get to think next year will be better. It doesn’t matter how rough it’s been, there’s always a glimmer of optimism.

So no two years are ever the same?

There are no two years that are the same. This is now the 6th Summer I’ve been growing vegetables and the 4th Summer I’ve been doing it as Fresh Off the Croft and I haven’t yet had two Springs or Summers the same. Problems you have one year don’t appear the next year. Things grow perfectly one year, you do the exact same next year and they just don’t grow. You’re constantly trying to find reasons and coming up with theories but it is what it is. I guess I like that challenge of trying to problem solve. It’s never boring, and you never get the same problem twice which is infuriating!

What possessed you to make hay this year using traditional methods?

Well I had some really good grass at the top of the field; the field’s quite wet so the grass grew in nicely. I thought it’d be a shame to let it go to waste, so I decided to cut it. I thought it was a really good idea at the time to get a contractor to cut it and after it was cut it dawned on me I was going to have to turn it, and dry it, and store it. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. So, I went and got some advice from people, found some old pitchforks in the garage, and turned the hay by hand. I did it three times, then I realised it wasn’t drying fast enough. I decided to go up a generation and I borrowed a haybob and turned it with that. It started drying properly since it spreads out so it’s not quite as thick. I was feeling delighted with myself and my hay was lovely and dry and then the rain was forecast… I had a minor meltdown because I had no idea how to get that amount of hay secure. One of my neighbours, Lachie, gave me his time and he taught me how to build hayricks in the old style. The idea was that you would build these hayricks in the field with three fence posts, in a triangle, in the middle and you tie them. You go around putting the hay on loosely and carry on in a circle building it up until you get your hayrick. Then you put a little hat on it, which is kind of crisscrossed hay. The idea is that water doesn’t penetrate that and it just runs down the sides. So when you get a couple of good dry days the top and the side of your stack are all that needs to dry out and it keeps the rest of the hay inside nice and dry. What they would have done back in the day was get a buckrake, like a huge fork on the back of the tractor, and put it under the rick, lift it up and then take it into the stack yard. You would then fork the off the ricks, and rebuild them into a full haystack.

So you do your research on the history of crofting?

For me there is a lot of value in understanding the old ways. It doesn’t mean it makes the most sense to use them these days when there are easier methods but equally I think there are things to learn from looking at how things were done in the past. I’ve been looking at drains recently. You look at how my ancestors built them and they run perfectly and they make perfect sense and I can see exactly why they were built this way and I wouldn’t change them – aside from cleaning them! I’ve learned a lot by looking at just the way things were laid out.

Did you have help from other people?

I’ve had a huge amount of help from people. I honestly couldn’t do a fraction of what I attempt without people giving me their time so generously. I’m forever asking questions! I try to use my computer skills to help people in return. I will go as far as I can before asking for help. I’m naturally proud, but after I spent 3 days trying to hit a bolt, I asked for help and of course, when you ask someone with expertise, it gets done in 30 seconds, but I’m always determined to give it a good try.

Do you have any other big projects planned?

Loads of them but whether any will happen I don’t know. There are still two out buildings on the croft that need a lot of work; they need reroofed at the very least. I haven’t finished my building projects by any stretch, but I am going to have a pause before doing more, assuming winter doesn’t take any roofs off! I’d like to get some cows in the next year. I would also like to actually complete a crofting year feeling like I know roughly what I’m doing… I think learning is my biggest project at the moment.

So you’re still learning?

Definitely! Lambing this year, I’ve never felt so ignorant in my life. It was like a vertical learning curve. It was incredibly humbling actually. I’ve helped other people in previous years but doing it yourself is different. When I’m on my own and I have to make a decision, it’s 50/50 and 9 times out of 10 I don’t even know if it was the right decision. That was the really challenging bit for me – I hate not knowing things!

So, besides your family ties, what made you decide to move to Tiree and take all this on?

I’ve always felt like I had a connection with this place, I always wanted to come back. It just suits me. I think I benefitted not growing up on Tiree; from growing up in the city and coming to Tiree on holiday, the freedom was incredible. This was a paradise for me as a kid, and I think as an adult looking for somewhere I could just breathe, and somewhere which felt like home, Tiree became an obvious choice. My favourite part of Tiree is the silence, especially in the winter. I love the storms, lying in bed and listening to the storm battering the roof.

Thank you to Rhoda for sitting down with me to talk about her experiences!

– Rou Worsley, Editor

Tiree Ultramarathon returns on Sunday 9th September

250 runners will once again gather on the shores of Tiree to run around the complete coastline in one day. Or for some of them a mere four and a half hours!

The 35 mile Tiree Ultramarathon is now in it’s 5th year, and starts at 8am on Sunday 9th September. At Tiree Fitness we’re busy with final preparations but are still keen to hear any feedback to help the event run smoother, and also looking for volunteers to help out on the day.

• Course details: visit to see where the course goes. We’re always grateful for the cooperation and support from people who live and work around the route, and please do get in touch if there’s anything we can do to minimise disruption

• Event team: the runners really do need all the support we can give them, if you can help out on the day please let us know

• Island inspirations: we’ve got local runners taking part again this year, and we wish them all the very best as they take on the challenge and inspire others along the way

Oban Mountain Rescue – so far this year our events have raised £1,850 for the OMR Team – thanks everyone for your contributions, in particular the raffle donations at the 10k. We hope to add to this amount at the ultramarathon.

Thanks everyone, and good luck to all the runners!
Event contact: Will Wright – email or call 07867 304 640

Tiree Music Festival 2018

Tiree Music Festival’s 9th celebration began on Friday the 13th July with beautiful sunny warm weather – an excellent way to kick off the weekends festivities.

While the main events taking place at An Talla attracted around 2,000 individuals from across the globe, it wasn’t only the festival grounds that were bustling with activity. Everyone at Taigh a Rudha were thrilled on Sunday afternoon when some of the artists generously took the time to visit and play for both the residents and the staff.

Although the sun had eventually dissappeared behind a humid mist on Saturday, the atmosphere around the festival site was buzzing with positivity and the attendees were full of enthusiasm and energy despite the weather.

While TMF gives visitors a reason to visit the island for such an expansive event, it also presents opportunities to the locals that they previously may not have had the chance to experience. It was Clare Jones’ first visit to TMF since it debuted nine years ago and she was impressed by the family friendly atmosphere of the event. Rachel Gwilym, a regular to the festival, was able to seize an opportunity to test out her idea for the Tiree Story Tent and had plenty of positive comments regarding the festival in general;

“I think TMF brings musicians to the island that the young people here perhaps wouldn’t hear normally. It gives the local children a chance to engage in an event that’s really happening here, so they can sort of showcase their own environment somehow and I think it’s a safe place to have a holiday at home. I come because the children really love it and I like the music; this year I’ve really enjoyed having this opportunity with the story tent to develop my own skills at home, in my own setting. My favourite thing so far this year is been having the tent; it’s given me an opportunity to engage with the children and quite a lot of the adults. I’ve had a lot of people in. I’ve really enjoyed doing the meditation; it’s created this very grounding experience.”

Despite being exposed to the outdoor elements, the wonderful entertainment lined up for the ‘Elevate stage’ was organised by Jamie MacDonald who said,

“I had a great opportunity in programming the elevate stage. Getting to work at an event of this scale has helped to further my music career.”

It provided Catriona Spink a chance to sell her Whalesong products. “It’s been good,” she started, taking a chance to move her stall outside with the sunny break in the weather, “It’s lovely to come down to meet previous customers who bought merchandise the year before. When I walk in, it’s all smiling faces, great music and a casual atmosphere.”

Inside the Big Top tent, in the audience and enjoying the performance on stage, Chalky said,

“It’s great. Despite the weather everyone’s enjoying themselves; it’s great to see so many of the islanders at the event. Tiree Song Book was brilliant – my first time hearing them. It’s great to see Tiree bands on stage each day and the food has been amazing.”

Mido and Dave had travelled all the way from Saudi Arabia to visit Scotland, and were making use of the campsite provided by TMF and said,

“This is our fourth time on Tiree, and TMF is the only music festival we visit. The beaches are amazing and the locals here are very kind. The festival has a great family atmosphere.”

After performing on stage earlier in the day, Eilidh MacFadyen said,

“It’s a nice experience to come home to play to familiar faces; both locals and the regular visitors to TMF.”

TMF gave Cúram the chance to raise funds with two separate raffles; they raised £541 from the raffle for the 1 Gallon of Whisky kindly donated by the Scarinish Hotel, which went to A. Mitchell, Milton while ‘Tiree Ted’, an enthusiastic teddy bear whose favourite band is Trail West, raised a total of £129 and found a loving home with Martha Campbell.

From the displays of the impressive fire show by the Delighters from Edinburgh, the circus skill workshops with Polly and Duncan and a variety of food stands, Tiree Music Festival 2018 may have finished in a downpour of rain but its high spirits and organisation offered a range of positive and unforgettable experiences to the islanders, our regular visitors and newcomers.

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