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


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.


TMF 2012

tiree music festival 2012Festival goers flocked to Tiree for the sell-out TMF (Tiree Music Festival) with bands including Toploader, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, the Vatersay Boys and Tiree’s own Skerryvore, taking centre stage against the island’s stunning skyline.

Now in its third year, TMF 2012 was bigger than ever before with a sell out capacity of 1250 as well as the new TMF Community Village and campsite which was home for the weekend for over 500 music fans.

TMF organiser and Skerryvore band member, Daniel Gillespie said: “TMF 2012 exceeded all expectations and it’s all thanks to each and everyone who came to Tiree from near and far. From the bands who performed to the volunteers who helped out over the weekend, the local businesses and landowners who supported the event and, of course, the amazing crowds, this was a truly unforgettable TMF. Thanks to everyone for their incredible support and for making TMF 2012 the success it was. Here’s to 2013!”

The TMF buzz started building on Friday when the campsite opened in glorious sunshine and a plethora of tents were pitched in anticipation of the weekend’s music offerings. On top of music performances, TMF 2012 included workshops and Circus Skills as well as Open Mic opportunities, amongst many other activities. There were also fun for the younger TMF fans with face painting and balloon modelling on offer. Also spotted enjoying the weekend’s entertainment were a group of Smurfs, Oompah Loompas and even a furry crocodile with some festival goers opting for a more ‘unique’ style of gigging attire.

Saturday played host to an array of artists including Face The West, Gunna Sound and Donald MacDonald & Islands. And across the water from Barra, The Vatersay Boys took to the main stage on Saturday night, wowing the crowd with an energy laden performance including the Sands of Vatersay, Oidhche Bha and the theme to Local Hero. And then came Saturday’s headliners – the Red Hot Chilli Pipers – who unleashed their unique brand of ‘bagrock’ on to the TMF followers. Mixing together the sounds of pipes with rock music including AC/DC, Coldplay and Snow Patrol, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers raised the (outdoor) roof with an incredible set, highlighting their worldwide popularity.

Like so many other music festivals this year, wet weather made an appearance but, despite the wind and rain on Sunday, spirits weren’t dampened. After all, TMF followers are made of stronger stuff! Sunday’s acts included Emily Smith, Crooked Reel, and Tiree bands Skippinish, Gunna Sound and Trail West with performances on the main stage, An Talla and on the TMF Community Village Stage. Skerryvore received a rousing response from their homecrowd. No doubt about it, Skerryvore’s homecoming was warm and welcoming – the rain even stopped for their performance! Sunday headliners came in the shape of Toploader, the anthem of the night belonging to their biggest hit ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’, which was made extra special as the band invited Skerryvore piper Martin Gillespie onstage to perform the track with them. Over the weekend, music filled the air, echoing the length and breadth of Tiree as the festival goers showed their TMF appreciation, celebrating one of the best festivals around.

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

Charity single version of “On the Road” released on 2nd May!

Skerryvore logo

Skerryvore are to release a brand new charity single version of their song ‘On The Road’ to support ‘Stephen’s Footstep Challenge’ with profits going to ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ and ‘The Maggie Centre’.

Please help us in supporting this great cause by downloading this special edition single, which will be available from iTunes on the 2nd May.

About the cause….Ross-shire man Stephen Mackay from Ardross will be walking the West Highland way and the Great Glen for charity. Why? – Because his wife Pat was diagnosed in September 2009 with an inoperable brain tumour. Stephen will begin his 185 mile walk on the 30th April from Glasgow, dressed in his kilt as he marches home, arriving at ‘The Maggie Centre’ in Raigmore, Inverness on the 9th May.

Not only does Stephen hope to raise the awareness of cancer and its issues, but also lots of money to support the amazing work of ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ and ‘The Maggie Centre’. This is where you come in! Skerryvore will not only be ‘talking the talk’ but also ‘walking the walk’ as they join Stephen ‘On The Road’ with a few impromptu performances along the way. So please help us by downloading the single, spreading the word to your friends and family, and joining us in a bid to help make the lives of those facing such hard times that little bit easier.

Thank you,

TMF 2011 – Early Bird Ticket Offer

Tiree Music Festival

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.

Fans can also follow TMF on Facebook and Twitter.

Skerryvore single launch confirmed


Skerryvore are delighted to confirm the release of new single ‘Path to Home’ on May 2nd 2010 at a special concert at Oran Mor, Glasgow.

‘Path to Home’ is the first track revealed from the highly anticipated new album to be released in July this year.

The special show at Oran Mor will complete a busy weekend for the band with 3 performances in 36 hours! The previous two Skerryvore performances at this venue in 2009 were sell-out events so book your tickets now!

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