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Youth the Focus for Tiree Music Festival as it Announces New Elevate Stage

Once again, Tiree Music Festival Early bird tickets have proven very popular, selling out by Monday evening following Saturday’s ticket release. The award-winning festival has sold out every year since 2010 with next year’s dates confirmed as Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July 2018.

Brand-new to TMF 2018 will be the ELEVATE STAGE. This new outdoor stage will showcase the best talent on the Scottish music scene with its line-up focusing on up-and-coming Scottish artists. As well as opportunities for young musicians, the festival is offering a unique opportunity for an aspiring artistic programmer to shape this new stage alongside the Festival’s Directors. Applications will open on Monday 27th November for young people from across Scotland to apply for an Artistic Director Internship role for the ELEVATE STAGE programming. Anyone aged between 18 and 26 can apply for this position and will work with the TMF team between January and July 2018. Prospective applicants should keep an eye on TMF’s social media pages for more information.

The ELEVATE STAGE at Tiree Music Festival 2018 is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, managed by Event Scotland and part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. During 2018 Scotland will put its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 is a year-long programme of events and activities that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.

TMF has always prided itself on being a family friendly festival and 2018’s festival will see the introduction of a creative programme for young people and their families. As part of this there will be workshops, sport, music and culture that are all focused on four core elements that are a key part of life on Tiree – Sun, Sand, Wind and Water. The Island of Tiree is often dubbed “The Hawaii of the North” and with picture-perfect white sands and world-famous surf, a trip to Tiree Music Festival is a real Island adventure. Tiree has been described as one of the most stunning festival locations in the world and each year it welcomes world-class musicians from Scotland and beyond.

Daniel Gillespie, Festival Director of Tiree Music Festival, said: “We are really excited to be part of The Year of Young People 2018 and to create an opportunity through the brand new ELEVATE STAGE for young people to really show what they are made of, both through the artistic direction of the programming and the young artists performing on the stage itself. “I know from my own experiences how important it is to be given the right opportunities from an early age and The Year of Young People is a fantastic initiative to give all our young people a real chance to shine, both on a local, national and international stage, and we are really delighted to be a small part of it.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Tiree Music Festival in 2018 as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People. The festival, which always provides a wonderfully family friendly atmosphere will provide even more opportunities for young people and families to get involved in a range of different activities as part of the 2018 festival. “The addition of the new ELEVATE STAGE will give young people from across Scotland the chance to showcase their unique talents, and the exciting opportunity for a young person to be part of the artistic director internship is a fantastic way to spotlight young people’s talents and contributions during this special year.”

The Tiree Association – Annual Gathering 2017

The 117th Tiree Association Annual Gathering was held last weekend in Glasgow, with both The Concert and the evening Dance being hugely successful.

The traditional November gathering has stuck to the same structure for many years, with the concert being held on the Thursday evening followed by a dance on the Friday. This year’s concert was held in Partick Burgh Halls, with record numbers in attendance. There was standing room only as the crowd were kept entertained by their chairperson for the evening, Angus MacPhail. Angus did a fantastic job of introducing the evening’s performances, many of whom were treated to a witty poetic rhyme coined by the chairman himself. He talked proudly about the Association giving us an insight into past concerts and their chair people, which he had come across while researching information for the event. He spoke extremely highly of the quality of musicians who were due to perform, none of whom disappointed throughout the event.

The night was kicked off by our President Ian Smith, who extended a warm welcome to all in attendance, giving us a quick run-down of the evening’s activities and reminding everyone about the Songbook Project and Launch which was to take place the following Saturday. Throughout the evening we were treated to some very fine performances, tunes and sets from the highly talented Rowan Brothers, with Kyle on accordion and Alan on keys. Both boys have previously been awarded top spots at national Mods, and it was very clear to see why. It is also safe to say that the boys received their musical talents from their father, Gordon Rowan who was the Association Piper for the evening, introducing both halves of the event. Angus went on to congratulate Gordon on becoming the Director of the Army School of Piping and Highland Drumming, a position he took up in late 2016.

As Angus pointed out in his introductions, it is fair to say that the Tiree Association concerts have always managed to secure a fantastic standard of musicians to perform and the 2017 event was no different. We were entertained by three different singers throughout the evening, hearing from a man with strong Tiree connections, Norman MacKinnon who treated us to some beautiful Gaelic singing. Next up was one of this year’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist, Kim Carnie, who has a truly beautiful voice, again singing in Gaelic and English. Angus had plenty of interesting stories to tell about the last singer, Robert Robertson, who of course used to play alongside him in Skipinnish. Robert mesmerised the crowd with beautiful renditions of Gaelic and English songs. Many of the singers were accompanied by the regular Association pianist Kathryn Callander who did a fantastic job of accompanying the singers and also leading a sing along session, which the crowd all enjoyed and got involved in.

As the evening came to a close, we were reminded about the exciting Tiree Songbook launch which was taking place on Saturday (more about that below) before the vote of thanks from the Vice President, Margaret MacKinnon, who took the opportunity to thank everyone who made the concert so successful. This included all of the performers from the evening, Angus as chairperson; all of the committee who assisted in putting on another fantastic event; to Susan Weir who very kindly baked the dumpling and shortbread; to all who donated very generous raffle prizes; and to all those who came along to the event.

The following evening, we were off to another west end venue, the Glasgow University Union, where the annual dance was taking place. Again, numbers for this year’s event were at a record high, with the dance selling out on the Monday prior. Our very own Trail West were the band of choice, with President Ian taking to the box for the evening. He was accompanied by Alain Campbell on guitar and whistle, Seonaidh MacIntyre on whistle, pipes and vocals and Andrew Findlater on drums. The boys fairly entertained the crowd with the dance floor packed for each dance – young and old taking to the floor. The dance went on until the smaller hours of the morning, with committee members receiving excellent feedback about the event.

Much like all Island gatherings, the Park Bar is often a pit stop for islanders, with another Tiree band entertaining the crowd throughout the weekend. Gunna Sound, led by Campbell Brown and Johnny Scoular were in residence over the weekend, which proved to be very popular.

Another meeting point for many Tirisdich. The Saturday saw the launch of the Tiree Songbook, which was extremely well attended. Donald Iain has provided us with an update, within this edition. Overall, it is fair to say that the 117th Annual Gathering was another fantastic success. A great opportunity for many Tirisdich and connected Tirisdich to meet with old and new friends. The gathering weekend is a great testimony to The Tiree Association and its committee who do a fantastic job of creating such wonderful events.

The next upcoming event is the now annual Burns Supper which is taking place in Ralston Community Centre on Saturday the 28th of January. Stay tuned for more information regarding that.

TMF Named UK’s Best Small Festival

The multi-award winning Tiree Music Festival has now been hailed the ‘Best Small Event’ at the prestigious UK Event Awards at Grosvenor House, London.

TMF is proving to be one of Scotland’s most successful annual events having been awarded a commendation for ‘Best Small Festival’ at the Scottish event awards (having held the title in both 2013 and 2012) and been shortlisted at the Scots Trad Music Awards (ceremony 13th December). In 2013 organisers walked away with ‘Best Cultural Event’ at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and ‘Best Cultural Event in Scotland’ at the Thistle Awards.

The festival has sold out each year since its inception in 2010 and the early bird release for 2015 sold out in a record time with 750 tickets being sold in just over 6 hours. Festival Director Stewart MacLennan, who travelled to London for the final of the UK Event Awards said: “We are overwhelmed to have won this award. The judge’s feedback on our application was that the overwhelming positive impact the festival has on Tiree was commendable which makes it mean even more .When we started TMF six years ago it was with the intention to attract people to Tiree and give Islanders a great festival experience. We knew demand would be high for early bird tickets due to the number or emails and requests, however to sell out 750 tickets in 6 hours was much quicker than we imagined! It was also great that we made these tickets available to the local community first at our annual Community AGM and we’d like to thank all those who braved the horrible weather to attend last Thursday.”

TMF has been praised for its positive impact upon the local Tiree community with the 2014 economic impact report showing that 94.2% of the attendees were visitors to Tiree and on the island as a direct result of the music festival. The report also showed that three in ten respondents were newcomers to the island, which confirms that the Tiree Music Festival continues to play an important role in attracting new visitors to Tiree. The total economic impact of the Tiree Music Festival was £634,971 – an overall increase of 29% on the 2013 figure.

More tickets for TMF 2015 will be released in the New Year, to make sure you stay up to date with the latest news on TMF 2015 sign up to the mailing list at tireemusicfestival.co.uk

Tiree’s Fun Filled Weekend

Tiree Show Pipe BandWas there ever a weekend like it? The fun started on Friday when, with the sun shining, locals and visitors reaped the benefits of the months of hard work put in by the committee to enjoy Tiree’s annual Agricultural Show.

The spectators were entertained watching the serious business of the judging of livestock,  but the largest crowd gathered to watch the Dog Agility team performing their routine through tunnels, along wobbly planks and over hurdles

Dog Agility Team– many comments were heard about there being “no way my dog could do that”.

Deciding on the winners in the pet and home produce sections was a difficult time for the judges and the effort put in by all entrants was apparent with the standards of entries once again being very high.

By the middle of the afternoon the sun had retreated behind the clouds and the wind turned cooler but still the children played on the bouncy castles and the queues at the refreshment stands continued.

The day was marked with a tinge of sadness as Alex MacArthur who has been announcing livestock results and prize winners for many years is hanging up his microphone and retiring from being the voice of the Show.

All the tickets for the Show Dance at An Talla were sold out and once again locals and visitors of all ages danced until the early hours.

The weather on Saturday was decidedly grim with the sort of misty rain that soaks you as soon as you go out, unfortunately this meant that the Sports day was cancelled and didn’t take place till Tuesday. By 6pm the rain had more or less stopped and the first ever Tiree Music Festival Kicked off with a procession to An Talla led by Tiree Pipe Band.

On Sunday at 11am the place to be was down at the Reef Pitch to either watch or take part in Tiree 5 A-side Tournament. Details of this competition will be in the next issue.

Without exception the opinions of all who joined in the events of the weekend were, that it had been a huge success, tiring for both organisers and participants, but something to talk about for many weeks and a highlight to look forward to next year.