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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.”

A Tiree Hoolie

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the weekend TMF delivered.

We were exposed to a jam packed programme of superbly talented singers and musicians who brought joy and merriment in abundance.

Young and old sang along together to familiar tunes, clapping and toe tapping for the more sedate onlooker, whilst the more energetic reveller bounced and danced to their heart’s content.

Our very own local talent were represented in the bands, Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Trail West, Gunna Sound, Ceol an Aire, Dun Mor and the Defenders. The Skerryvore ceilidh has become a traditional finale to the Festival and what a whirling, twirling way to end a wonderful weekend.

TMF must have one of the most picturesque backdrops of all Festivals, that plus the warm and friendly Tiree welcome surely must make it “the best” in Scotland.

See below for donated photos from the event….

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Award treble For Tiree Music Festival

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Sarah Cruickshank, Daniel Gillespie, Stewart MacLennan, Julie MacLennan

Tiree Music Festival picked up its third award of the year at the recent prestigious Thistle Awards.

At a stunning awards’ ceremony held in Stirling Castle, TMF collected the award for ‘Best Cultural Event’, beating off stiff competition from major events such as the Glasgow Film Festival. This award follows on from the regional award at the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards in October while TMF also retained the award of ‘Best Small Festival’ in Scotland at the Scottish Event Awards in September. TMF has rapidly grown in the space of a few years to become Scotland’s best kept secret on the summer festival scene, however that secret could now be out due to the trio of awards collected in 2013.

“We are just stunned to collect this award”, said TMF Director Daniel Gillespie. “Winning the regional award was a big enough shock to us, so to win the National award is just something we would have never dreamed of when starting the festival in 2010. We have a very special team that commits so much of their time and energy to the festival – this award is testament to all their hard work over the past 4 years.”

TMF has created a huge economic boost to the island of Tiree. An independent report by MKA Economics estimated that the festival had generated £493,197 for the local region with 76% of the 1500 attendees travelling from outwith the region to enjoy the festival held on the island dubbed the ‘Hawaii of the North’.

It is this stunning location and island atmosphere that fellow TMF Director Stewart MacLennan feels makes the event so special. “TMF isn’t just a festival, it is an island adventure. So many people feed back to us that they have never seen such stunning beaches or landscape. This combined with the friendly island atmosphere and great music are the key reasons people tell us they want to return Tiree and TMF.”

Planning is already under way for TMF2014 – the first three day event in the festival’s history and will be held from the 18th–20th July.

Before that, there is the possibility of a fourth award of 2013 for TMF as the festival is shortlisted for ‘Event of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, held on the 7th December in Aberdeen.

Tiree Music Festival Retains Crown As ‘Best Small Festival’ In Scotland

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Stewart MacLennan (l) & Daniel Gillespie (r) receiving the award

Fresh from a 4th successive sell-out event, the Tiree Music Festival (TMF) has once again been crowned the Best Small Festival in Scotland at the prestigious Scottish Event Awards.

It is the second consecutive year that the festival has been awarded the accolade, highlighting an incredible achievement for a festival that was only formed four years ago.

Since that first festival back in July 2010, TMF has continued to develop both in size and success to become a landmark event of the Scottish festival scene. This year saw 1500 festival-goers make the journey with 76% of them travelling from outwith the event region. It was this growth and tourism boost to the local region that was highlighted by the judges on announcement of the award.

An ecstatic TMF Community Director Stewart MacLennan said:

“The development of TMF over the past 4 years has been an incredible journey and when planning for the first festival in 2010 we could have only dreamed of being awarded the Best Small Festival in Scotland once never mind in consecutive years. We are very proud of Tiree and are delighted that the festival is a platform for introducing new visitors to our magical island.”

Co-founder and Artistic Director Daniel Gillespie paid tribute to the festival team, sponsors and Tiree’s locals:

“This award is testament to the phenomenal efforts of a team that have shown a commitment and drive to improve year on year. Many have no family connection to the island yet have embraced the culture, community and atmosphere – we are very proud to have them as part of our team. Thanks to all our sponsors and funders, without whose support TMF would not be possible. A special mention to Tiree’s local community who are the heart and soul of the festival’s atmosphere. We are delighted to be bringing this award back home to Tiree for a second year.”

Planning is already under way for TMF2014 which will be the first 3 day event in the festival’s history and will be held from the 18th – 20th July.

 

The Year In Review

Looking back at 2010 shows that the year started quietly.

The main topic of conversation which divided opinion on and off the island, is the proposed off-shore wind farm, now known as Tiree Array, which caused heated debates and which I am sure will continue through this year too.

February saw the appointment of a new Police Officer – PC Tanner, and the wind turbine at Ruaig was given the name Tilley following a competition run by the board of Tiree Trust.

Following tests in April Tilley was officially declared “open”, with a naming ceremony at Ruaig, followed by a gathering at An Talla where Champagne was served followed by Tea/coffee and cakes. A dance in the evening was well attended.

Work started on the Ringside Theatre and Tiree Maritime Boat Builder Course ended with the full renovation of Morag- Anne and Daisy and the start of the making of a new copy of Morag-Anne.

The newly formed Ch@ room on a Friday evening proved popular with our youngsters as did the continuation of the Youth Club.

In March there were rumours that Tiree High School could be closed as part of Argyll & Bute Councils cost saving measures. This culminated in a packed meeting at An Talla in May being informed that whilst the school would remain open the number of teaching staff would need to be reduced. The Parent Council organised many meetings with council and government officials in order to minimise the harm that this would do to the education of our children.

Over 100 people took part in Tiree’s first ever Sport Relief Mile raising over £1000 for charity.

Highland Airways went bust and the flights from Oban to Tiree were taken over by Hebridean Air Services Ltd.

In May we heard that there was to be another island first –Tiree Music Festival was to take place in July. This turned out to be a huge success with performances from Skerryvore, Skippinish, Gunna Sound, Trailwest, the Defenders, Fortunate Sons, Crooked Reel, Torridon and a unique performance by the All Star Tiree Ceilidh Band. News of this year’s Tiree Music Festival will be announced shortly – watch this space!

A volcano erupting in Iceland caused disruption to flights all over Britain and Tiree was left for a number of days with no planes arriving or departing.

For those of a more energetic nature the annual 10k run in June involved over 200 people both locals and visitors.

The debate regarding Tiree Array continued with over 150 people attending a public meeting at An Talla.

2010 was the year of the 50th Anniversary of Tiree SWRI, a lunch was held at the Lodge Hotel to mark the occasion.

A group was set up to try to find a way to save the Thatched House Museum and although the original building has been sold there are plans to build a new thatched house museum and research into this is ongoing.

July was packed with the Art Exhibition, Feis, Agricultural Show and Dance, Sports Day and 5 A-side football tournament. Strenuous activity continued in August with the Regatta. Once again the Raft Race proved a popular if slightly ungainly affair and the Trawler race was fought out in its unique colourful way!

A Grand Black Tie event was held to mark the opening of The Ringside Theatre and film showings there over the following months have proved to be popular with young and old.

Another first for Tiree occurred at the end of September when a Northern Parula ( a small bird) stopped for a few days of rest. This was so rare that twitchers from all over the mainland arrived – some by chartered plane- to catch a glimpse of the visitor.

Although the winds blew strongly at the beginning of October, by the date of the wave Classic the island was left with barely a breeze and many activities took place on land rather than on the waves.

In October a new memorial was unveiled at Sandaig, to commemorate HMS Sturdy which had been driven onto the rocks following a storm in 1940.

Gordon Connel was winner of Music Tutor of the Year at the Trads in November and Skippinish Ceilidh House won Venue of the Year.

December saw snow lying on the ground for a number of days and temperatures struggled to get above zero despite the sunshine. The Christmas Party season banished the winter chill for a few days at least but a few days into January the snow returned to keep us on our toes.