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Tiree Represented At Thistle Awards

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Two local events have recently been flying the flag for Tiree at the Scottish Thistle awards in Edinburgh.

Tiree Music Festival and Tiree Wave Classic were both up for awards at the prestigious event described by organisers as the Scottish Tourism equivalent of the Oscars, but sadly lost out to very strong competition. Tiree Music Festival received a commendation within their category for ‘Best Culture Event or Festival’, which was won by ‘Festival 2014’, a host of events that was organised to celebrate the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Tiree Wave Classic were also pipped to the post by the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which won the category for ‘Best Sporting Event’.

Both events did very well to reach the national awards, having both won their categories at the regional awards in Inverness back in November – an excellent achievement for both events and for the island of Tiree! A Tiree contingent was in attendance at the event and I’m sure they all had an excellent night regardless of not winning any awards.

Tiree Music Festival 2016 is set to take place this July from the 15th to the 17th and they have recently announced some of their lineup with the Levellers and Red Hot Chilli Pipers taking to the stage, along with the local talent, Skipinnish and Skerryvore! Tickets are still available for the event and they can be bought through the website www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk. A select amount of local tickets are also on sale and can be bought from Donna at The Trust office within office hours 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday!

The dates for this year’s Tiree Wave Classic have also been set as the 15th to the 22nd of October and local man William Angus MacLean and his company Wild Diamond will be leading the organisation of this event once again! Tiree Wave Classic and William Angus this year starred in Visit Scotland’s ‘Spirit of it’s Own’ global marketing campaign which used shots from last year’s event along with an interview from William Angus. The advert is another excellent piece of exposure for Tiree and you can view it by youtubing ‘A Spirit of it’s Own – Tiree’.

Congratulations to both events for reaching the final of the Scottish Tourism Oscars, a great achievement for both organisations – well done!

Caledonian MacBrayne announces more support for Tiree Music Festival

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A long term sponsor of Tiree Music Festival, Caledonian MacBrayne has announced extra support for 2015’s event taking place between the 17- 19th of July.

Relying on substantial volunteer input, the additional sponsorship will be used to help those who are giving free of their time, alleviating some of the transport costs to and from the multi award winning festival.

The one-off commitment acknowledges the increased draw of the 10th anniversary of Skerryvore – band member Daniel Gillespie together with friend Stewart MacLennan, both Tiree islanders, founded the festival in 2010 – as well as the steadily growing popularity of the event, and builds on a strong relationship between the festival organisers and CalMac.

“Tiree Music Festival was a real nugget of an event which began in 2010 and has been a success ever since,” said Caledonian MacBrayne’s Head of Marketing, Peter Griffiths. “We have been proudly supporting the event since the beginning and, as it has grown from just 600 festival goers in year one to a sell-out 1700 now, so too has the need for an army of volunteers. “We have been in a position to offer a little more to help the organisers support their volunteers and have been glad to do so. Support to our communities is important to us and, this year alone, we will lend a hand to more than 100 events across our network. “Tiree Music Festival is also an important one for us, as it is the stage for one of the winners of our annual music competition CalMac Culture Music and this time it will be Jamie McGeechan from Ayr, known as Little Fire. Jamie impressed selectors at the competition finals in King Tut’s in Glasgow so much that he actually won two of the available five gig slot prizes – a first for the CalMac Culture Music competition. It should be a great treat for the crowds.”

Stewart MacLennan, Tiree Music Festival Director, said: “We would like to thank Calmac for their sponsorship over the years, as the festival has grown both in size and duration over the past six years their support has been immeasurable. “We are delighted that they have been able to offer additional sponsorship this year which will be used to reduce the costs of our much needed volunteers travel expenses from Oban to the island. “2015 is set to be our best yet with plenty of local foodie produce, family fun and a stellar line up including The Fratellis, Funbox, Skerryvore, Manran and Calmac Culture Music winner Little Fire to name a few.”

TMF Named UK’s Best Small Festival

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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

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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Tourism Awards Finalists Selected

HITA_2013The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) have announced this year’s finalists in 15 categories, each in the running to receive a coveted 2013 HITA award at the ceremony and dinner to be held on 4th October in Inverness.

The eight year old regional tourism awards programme received more entries this year than ever before and the judging panel emphasised the volume of quality submissions, identifying the 2013 short listing process as the most competitive yet. Marina Huggett, chair of the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards said:

“It is with great pleasure that on behalf of our independent judging panel we can reveal the 2013 HITA finalists. What is particularly exciting about this year’s qualifiers is that they have been selected from a wealth of truly award winning entries. Our judging panel have communicated that in addition to receiving the highest number of entries this year from across the Highlands and Islands, the overall quality has been of an extremely high caliber, clearly demonstrating the increasingly outstanding work that tourism businesses are delivering throughout our region.”

The finalists for the Best Cultural Event Award are the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness-shire, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Elgin and Tiree Music Festival.

Toploader To Top Bill At TMF 2012

Triple platinum selling band Toploader will headline the Tiree Music Festival on Sunday 22 July. They join an outstanding bill of must-see acts already confirmed for the two day event, including the acclaimed Red Hot Chilli Pipers who will headline on Saturday 21 July.
This is the third year that Tiree will stage the open air festival, and organisers are planning to make it their biggest and best yet. Festival frontman Daniel Gillespie, who hails from Tiree and is himself a musician with STMA live act of the year Skerryvore, said:
Our goal from the start has been to create a family-friendly event that celebrates all kinds of music, from the traditional to the contemporary, against the stunning backdrop of Tiree. We’re looking to create an event that encourages new people onto the island and also affords islanders the opportunity to enjoy new musical influences. So to attract headliners as epic as Toploader and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers to an island as tiny as Tiree is a real coup.”
Forming in 1997, Toploader began their live career playing with the likes of Coldplay and Muse at small venues across the UK, amassing a string of top 20 hits both at home and abroad, and selling millions of albums. Splitting in 2003, the Eastbourne boys went on to pursue individual interests. They reformed in 2011 to release their third studio album ‘Only Human’, taking it onto the road with a full schedule of summer festivals and their first UK tour since the split. 2012 looks to be just as busy for the band with live dates throughout the UK and Europe, before they descend on Tiree shores to bring the Tiree Music Festival to a rocking close. Headlining the event on Saturday 21 July will be the Red Hot Chilli Pipers with their distinct ‘Bagrock’ sound. The kilted ones have barely put down their bagpipes since playing their way to the top prize on UK TV talent show ‘When Will I Be Famous’ in 2007, fast becoming a global phenomenon as they continue to rock everywhere from Melbourne to Milwaukee. Also confirmed to appear is a diverse line up of acts ranging from homegrown Tiree talent Gunna Sound, Skipinnish, Trail West, and Skerryvore to the Vatersey Boys, Emily Smith(former Young Traditional Musician of the Year), Rura(STMA Up & Coming Act of the Year) and Donald Macdonald and The Islands, with more acts to be announced in coming weeks. It’s not just the line-up of acts that’s growing ever more impressive. This year’s festival-goers can also look forward to a brand new community village and campsite that’s conveniently sited next to the stage and will offer everything from live music workshops and activities for all the family to food stalls with fresh island produce.
Said Daniel Gillespie:
“Thanks to the new site facilities we’ve put in place for 2012 and the invaluable support we’ve received from the likes of EventScotland and CreativeScotland to help promote the event, all the signs are that ticket sales will outstrip both 2010 and 2011. The more people we hope will return at other times of the year – boosting the tourism economy and creating a lasting legacy for the island.”
With the first and second batch of Early Bird tickets now sold out, the final batch of tickets are now on sale at Tiree Business Centre and at The Tiree Music Festival Website. For updates, check out www.facebook.com/Tiree-Music-Festival

And The Fun Continued…….

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Preparations for the Music Festival began on the Thursday with a huge portable stage being erected in the grounds of An Talla. Further down the road at the Business Centre campers began arriving to pitch their tents in readiness for what turned out to be a memorable musical event.

Over the two days over 1000 people danced and sang to the music of The MacDonald Brothers, Pearl and the Puppets, Jill Jackson, Trailwest. Skerryvore and a surprise turn from Face the West.

This year’s festival was a huge success judging by the comments from locals and visitors alike, and as its reputation spreads, one thing you can be sure of is that future TMF’s will become one of the must-go-to festivals of the music festival season.

Congratulations and thanks to all who organised it so well.

Tiree’s Got the X Factor

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The Macdonald Brothers Launch The 2011 Tiree Music Festival

X Factor finalists, The MacDonald Brothers, made waves on the Hebridean Isle of Tiree recently, swapping singing for surfing as part of the official launch for this year’s Tiree Music Festival (TMF).

Flying to the western isle of Tiree, the brothers visited pupils at Tiree High School before taking to the waves and sampling the island’s world famous surf.

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The visit marked the launch of 2011’s Tiree Music Festival with tickets available for purchase. The talent show duo – Craig and Brian MacDonald – are one of the acts confirmed for the much-anticipated two-day festival which takes place on Tiree on Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July and celebrates Scottish music and culture.

Craig MacDonald enjoyed his surfing experience and is looking forward to their summer visit to Tiree:
“We are just back from the Caribbean and we thought we had gone back there after seeing the stunning white sand beaches on Tiree! We can’t wait to return in July to perform at TMF.”

Other acts confirmed for 2011’s Tiree Music Festival include legendary Celtic-rockers Wolfstone, Pearl & the Puppets, new Gaelic sensation Manran and a special homecoming performance from Tiree’s own international touring act, Skerryvore. Further acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

TMF organiser Daniel Gillespie believes this year’s TMF is a not-to-be-missed music event:
“TMF is the ultimate weekend away for music lovers and will celebrate Scotland’s rich and diverse music scene. With performances from one of the greatest Celtic-Rock groups in Wolfstone, to the very best in Scottish-Country, Brian Hughes, we aim to create the musical weekend from heaven in one of Scotland’s most stunning locations.”
Wolfstone’s founder and fiddler, Duncan Chisholm adds:
“We are delighted to be playing in Tiree for the first time and especially at the Tiree Music Festival. It is many years since we have travelled to the Western Isles to perform but we have many great memories of playing in Barra and the Uists. We can’t wait to be in Tiree in July.”

With transport links to Tiree from Glasgow and Oban, the Tiree Music Festival is the ideal opportunity for a weekend getaway to the western isles. This year’s event coincides with Flybe’s new Sunday service from Glasgow to Tiree. For further information log on to www.flybe.com

Last year, some of the biggest names from Scotland and Ireland’s traditional music scene performed at the Tiree Music Festival’s sell-out event including international chart topper, Sandi Thom.

Suitable for all ages, this year’s Tiree Music Festival will build on the success of the 2010 debut festival which was an instant sell-out. With support from Scotland’s Islands Fund, Scottish Power Renewables and Argyll & Bute Council, this year’s event has increased capacity. Once again, the festival features an array of music talents as well as interactive workshops, children’s ceilidhs, whisky tasting, BBQs and many other activities and events – all of which will take place on the grounds of An Talla, Tiree’s community hall.

Councillor and spokesman for Enterprise, Tourism, Energy & Culture in Argyll & Bute, Neil Mackay adds:
“Once again we have a community that support and welcome visitors to an event that has quickly established itself as a Festival not to be missed. The small team that put this event together must be congratulated for once again providing an inspirational line up that manages to mix the whole spectrum of music, Scottish, Contemporary, Traditional and a touch of Rock in such a perfect manner that is so often elusive to the organisers of similar smaller and indeed larger events.
“The increased facilities will make the family friendly festival even more attractive than last year’s sensational event and I would certainly include the Tiree Music Festival as one of the main events on the Argyll & Isles Tourism Calendar”.

Weekend tickets for 2011’s Tiree Music Festival (TMF) cost £50 and are available from www.ticketsoup.com, by phone on 0844 395 4000 or in person at the SECC box office or from the Tiree Business Centre. For further information on TMF and ticket details, visit the official website: www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk

TMF 2011 – Early Bird Ticket Offer

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TMF are delighted to confirm that the 2nd Tiree Music Festival will take place this year on the 23rd & 24th July.

It will build on the massively successful first TMF and has already secured the booking of legendary celtic rock group WOLFSTONE along with many more acts to be confirmed over the coming months.

As a thank you to all who supported the first ever TMF in 2010 we are offering a special ‘early bird’ discount ticket to members of the TMF mailing list and An Tirisdeach readers only.

With TMF 2010 being a sell out, the special early bird ticket offer allows readers and members the opportunity to guarantee their tickets for TMF 2011 at a discounted price.

All you have to do is complete the discount ticket form and send it to us before 1st March 2011. Please note that there is only a limited number of early bird tickets available so we will act on a first come first served basis.

First Tiree Music Festival A Huge Success

Not even travel chaos in the skies and on the seas could dampen the spirits of hundreds of music revellers who made their way to the first Tiree Music Festival held last weekend. Young and old, Tirisdeachs and visitors came together to join in the two day music celebrations at the sell-out event which brought together some of the biggest names from the folk and traditional music scene.

In spite of cancelled flights on the Saturday and disruption to the Tiree ferry service, visitors and artists made their way to Tiree to be part of the unmissable music event. From Tirisdeach acts such as Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Gunna Sound, Trail West and the Defenders to visiting musicians Fortunate Sons, Crooked Reel, Torridon and international artist Sandi Thom, the music line-up proved to be a winning festival formula for all.

Held on the grounds of the An Talla community hall in Crossapol, the Tiree Music Festival was hosted by actor and presenter Arthur Donald, who hails originally from the township of Vaul on the east end of the island. Beyond the music, the festival boasted other exciting activities including whisky tasting, an open stage for wannabe performers of all ages, gaelic drama workshops and a children’s ceilidh with local band Trail West.

The inaugural event was launched on Saturday evening with a procession by the Tiree Pipe Band to the festival site, and music festivities made a grand finale on Sunday evening with a unique performance by the All Star Tiree Ceilidh Band which united the island’s array of talented musicians on stage including pipers, guitarists, accordionists and drummers.

Festival organiser and Skerryvore musician, Daniel Gillespie, is thrilled with the response to the weekend’s event:

“After almost a year of organising and planning it was incredible to finally see it all come together. The reaction from locals and visitors was fantastic and their support and conduct throughout the weekend meant that this first festival was a huge success. “Plans are already underway for TMF 2011 and with such a high demand for tickets this year, we hope to increase the capacity for next year so that more people can come join in the festival experience in this unique location. “A massive thanks to all who supported the event, especially the sponsors, staff and volunteers and of course the bands whose talents kept the masses entertained all weekend!

Watch out for news on TMF 2011 at www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk.

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