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Be Charlotte Embraces The Elements For Tiree Music Festival

  • Final acts announced for TMF 2018
  • Brand new ‘Elements’ Programme launched – with something for the whole family
  • Official Beer Sponsor confirmed

Scottish singer-songwriter Be Charlotte has been announced as a headline act for Tiree Music Festival 2018.

Pop, rock band The Hoosiers have also been announced as headliners for the Sunday night of the festival. The Paul McKenna Band have also been confirmed to play as well as Mary Ann Kennedy.

The festival has also today launched their brand new ‘Elements’ programme – a strand that offers something for the whole family to enjoy.

Earlier this year Be Charlotte signed a worldwide record deal with Columbia/Sony Music. With her inimitable vocals and her unique style – a blend of digital and analogue pop with some beat-boxing and rap thrown in – she is sure to be a huge hit with the TMF crowds.

While on Tiree to announce her headline slot, Be Charlotte, said:

“I’ve been lucky enough to take my music to festivals throughout the UK, Europe and South East Asia but I really can’t wait to play Tiree Music Festival – before arriving today I had seen so many amazing pictures of the white sands and blue seas and I couldn’t wait to get here to experience them myself.

“It was great getting a taste of what to expect in July and now I really can’t wait to play to the TMF crowds in this amazing setting.”

Tiree Music Festival prides itself on being a family friendly festival and TMF 2018 will introduce a brand new creative programme entitled ‘Elements’ – this strand will explore the four core elements that are a key part of life on Tiree – Sun, Sand, Wind and Water.

The festival takes place on the island of Tiree between Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July 2018. Early bird tickets sold out in less than 48 hours in November for the multi award-winning event.

Brand-new to TMF 2018 will be the already announced ELEVATE STAGE. This new outdoor stage, that is supported by the Year of Young People 2018 event fund, 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 performing on the stage, the festival has also appointed a Youth Artistic Programmer Jamie MacDonald, who is from Tiree and has taken the lead on programming.

The Elements Programme and 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 Visit Scotland’s Events Directorate.

Tiree Music Festival is also delighted to announce that Innis & Gunn have been confirmed as their official beer sponsor for the weekend event.

Dougal Gunn –  Sharp, Innis & Gunn Founder and Master Brewer, said:

“We can’t wait to be part of The Tiree Music Festival experience as official beer sponsor, and are busy brewing up a fantastic range of Innis & Gunn craft beers for people to enjoy over the weekend in Tiree’s stunning island setting. We’re really thrilled to be supporting one of Scotland’s best festivals and looking forward to an amazing weekend of music.”

Daniel Gillespie, Festival Director of Tiree Music Festival, said: “BeCharlotte is an amazing musician as well as a fantastic ambassador for music in Scotland and we are really looking forward to welcoming her to the Tiree Music Festival stage this summer. “We’re also delighted to be announcing our Elements Programme which the whole family can enjoy. This strand further strengthens the family offering at the festival and we hope visitors to the island enjoy learning and experiencing the four key elements that are integral to daily life on Tiree. Tickets are selling fast so we recommend getting in there quick!”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Tiree Music Festival as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People celebrations. The festival has given the next generation the chance to shine with young people at the heart of the planning and programming this year. It is no surprise that this year’s line-up showcases some of Scotland’s best young artists and musicians. With so much incredible young talent, Scotland really is the perfect stage for events and festivals.”

The Elements Programme includes:
•Sand The amazing Sand in your Eye will be making the most of Tiree’s white sandy beaches and creating some
spectacular sand sculptures and designs. Festival goers will get the opportunity to get involved with interactive
workshops taking place on the Sunday.
•Sea Having only launched in April this year, TMF will be offering festival visitors the opportunity to see Tiree from
a slightly different angle with Tiree Sea Tours who will be running sea tours over the weekend.
•Wind Tiree, the Hawaii of the North, offers some of the best wind surfing conditions in Scotland – festival visitors are
invited to try their hand at extreme watersports, or a more relaxed paddle board session. Local company Wild
Diamond will be on hand offering a variety of activities.
UZ Arts will also be onsite offering flag design workshops throughout the weekend, suitable for all ages, this
interactive workshop will invite visitors to design their own flag.
•Sun The Sun element at this year’s festival comes in the formofDeLighterswho are a Physical PerformanceCompany
based in Edinburgh. They specialise inmulti-artformperformances and will be leading flashmob workshops and
performing a fire show all centred around the sun.
Acts Performing at Tiree Music Festival 2018 include:
Big Top
• THE HOOSIERS
• BE CHARLOTTE
• SKIPINNISH
• SKERRYVORE
• WOLFSTONE
• MARTYN JOSEPH
• MARY ANN KENNEDY
• RURA
• PAUL MCKENNA BAND
• BRIAN HUGHES & THE LONESHARKS
• THE TIREE SONGBOOK
(STMA Community Project of the Year)
ELEVATE Stage
• SCARLETT RANDLE
• NICKY MURRY
• CALUM MACKENZIE JONES
• BEINN LEE CEILIDH BAND
• EABHAL
• HÒ-RÒ
• DÙN MÒR CEILIDH BAND
• CALUM MACKENZIE JONES & THE TRAD PROJECT
• JONATHAN GILLESPIE
• HANNAH RARITY BAND
• PROJECT SMOK
• RURA
• CORNAIG CEILIDH BAND
• HOLLY AND THE REIVERS
• CARMA
• JOSIE DUNCAN & PABLO LAFUENTE
• TRAIL WEST
• THE ELEPHANT SESSIONS

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.”

Tiree Represented At Thistle Awards

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

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

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…….

Tiree Music Festival 2011

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.

Tiree Music Festival

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

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