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Blas festival line-up revealed

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The programme for this year’s Gaelic music festival Blas has been revealed, with organisers promising ‘something for every member of the family’.

The festival takes place in venues from Aviemore to Barra between November 22-30, culminating in events across the Highlands to celebrate St Andrew’s Night.

Featuring in this year’s line up are the Gary Innes Band, Tideline’s Robert Robertson and Ross Wilson, Iain Macfarlane and Ingrid Henderson, a piping night at Inverness Town House and neo-trad trio Project Smok.

Two Cape Breton fiddlers and step-dancers, sisters Dawn & Margie Beaton will perform in Gairloch, Resolis, Ullapool and Roybridge, alongside Gaelic singing trio, Sian, and Kathleen MacInnes.

Blas and Smalls Halls Festival will present shows in Kyleakin and Edinbane featuring Capercaillie’s Donald Shaw, fiddler Duncan Chisholm, Grantown-on-Spey multi-instrumentalist and composer Hamish Napier and BBC Young Folk Award winner, uilleann piper Jarlath Henderson.

Inverness will host a show by electronic celtic fusion super group, Niteworks, at Ironworks.

Three special birthdays will be celebrated this year .

Gaelic singer, John ‘Seonaidh Beag’ Macmillan will celebrate his 80th birthday alongside Donaidh Macleod who turns 90 this year.

Celebrating with the Lewis men, at An Lanntair in Stornoway, will be Gaelic singers Kathleen Macinnes and Iain Mackay, Allan Henderson, members of the Lewis Pipe Band and other special guests.

Also celebrating a special 80th birthday will be Barra’s Chrissie Macdonald.

 

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