FIDDLE player Duncan Chisholm from Kirkhill near Inverness has joined an illustrious line-up of musicians to be recognised by one of Scotland’s leading festivals.
The award-winning artist has been invited into the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s Hall of Fame and has agreed to become an ambassador for the event.
Chisholm, who was nominated as Musician of the Year in the 2013 Radio 2 Folk Awards, made his name in the band Wolfstone and is now a highly acclaimed solo artist and sought-after composer and accompanist.
He performed at the first HebCelt on the Isle of Lewis in 1996 and has made a number of appearances since, notably with Julie Fowlis in 2010 and 2012.
At this year’s 19th HebCelt he will be performing as a solo artist, accompanied by Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes/whistles), Tony Byrne (guitar), Davie Dunsmuir (electric guitar), Ross Hamilton (bass) and Martin O’Neill (bodhrán/drums).
"The Hebridean Celtic Festival is a jewel in the Scottish music calendar. I was lucky enough to play the first festival and over the years I have seen it grow into a major international event," Chisholm said.
"I am incredibly honoured to be invited into the Hall of Fame and will be delighted to represent this acclaimed festival as an ambassador."
HebCelt’s Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to mark its 15th anniversary, and the first inductees were Julie Fowlis, Runrig and the Peatbog Faeries.
Since then it has been opened out to the audience to vote for outstanding performances or contributions to the event and Irish songstress Imelda May, Karen Matheson from Capercaillie, Dougie MacLean and local musician Jane Hepburn have also joined the elite group.
While ambassadors have no formal roles to perform, they help promote HebCelt and the Hebrides at home and abroad.
"Duncan is a very worthy addition to our Hall of Fame, both as a musician and also for this support of the festival since the outset," festival director Caroline MacLennan said.
"He is a great ambassador for HebCelt and of traditional music in Scotland in general."
This year’s HebCelt will be held in Stornoway from 16th to 19th July 2014 and will be headlined by Levellers, Big Country and Donnie Munro.
HebCelt has recently been selected for the fourth year in succession as one of the top ten UK summer festivals by music magazine Songlines.