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Island festival to showcase musical talents of youngsters

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan (back, left) and Kerry Macphee with some young feis musicians.
HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan (back, left) and Kerry Macphee with some young feis musicians.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival will celebrate the works of young musicians on the main stage this year.

Eilidh Mackenzie, a singer-songwriter from Lewis, will perform a specially commissioned Gaelic song at the festival which is set to run from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st July.

In celebration of the Year of Young People 2018, Heb Celt will bring together 20 musicians aged between 12 and 16 from the Barra, North and South Uist, and Lewis and Harris to perform traditional music and Gaelic songs.

The groups will perform 10 minutes worth of material from their own island before amalgamating together in a performance which will include the newly-commissioned song by Eilidh Mackenzie.

The project has been brought together in collaboration between Heb Celt and Fèisean nan Gàidheal will see the youngsters line up on the main stage along well known acts Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skippinish and Roddy Woomble.

Anna Murray is involved with the project as a tutor for Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich and as a traditional Gaelic music tutor for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

She said: “This project, which literally puts our young people centre stage, highlights the important work of the fèis movement and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s commitment to showcasing young people from across the islands and will be a wonderful addition to this year’s HebCelt”

HebCelt Director Caroline Maclennan said: “The islands are blessed with so many skilled musicians and this project in the Year of Young People will showcase that wonderful talent.

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