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Inverness concert set to be festival highlight


By Ian Duncan

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Trail West who will be appearing at this year's virtual Blas festival.
Trail West who will be appearing at this year's virtual Blas festival.

A live streamed Inverness concert featuring two groups will be one of the highlights of this year’s Blas Festival of Gaelic culture.

Sian will be joined by Trail West from Eden Court on Saturday, November 28, at 8pm.

Gaelic singers Ceitlin Eilidh, Eilidh Cormack and Ellen MacDonald will be joined by Innes White to make up Sian and they released their first album at the start of the year.

Having had celebrations marking 10 years of the band curtailed organisers are delighted to welcome Trail West in their special anniversary year.

Blas, which means taste or sample, kicks off online on November 20 and there will be a range of events across the Highlands up until November 30.

It boasts an impressive line-up of some of Scotland’s best loved traditional musicians and singers at various venues across the region over the 11 days.

Sian, from left, Ceitlin Eilidh, Ellen Macdonald, Eilidh Cormack, who will be perfoming at this year's virtual Blas festival.
Sian, from left, Ceitlin Eilidh, Ellen Macdonald, Eilidh Cormack, who will be perfoming at this year's virtual Blas festival.

Arthur Cormack from the festival organisers, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, said: “In what has been a challenging year for musicians and communities, we are very much looking forward to bringing an online Blas Festival to people’s homes and to extending the festival’s reach through digital means.

“We are grateful to our funders, particularly The Highland Council, for continuing to support Blas and look forward to a 11-day celebration of Highland culture.”

Councillor Calum Munro, the chairman of the council’s Gaelic Committee, said: “Due to Covid-19 pandemic many of our annual events have been adversely affected.

“The Blas Festival is no exception to this, but, Highland Council, are happy to announce that the festival which is organised by Fèisean nan Gàidheal with support from Highland Council will take place in November albeit in a different format.”

He said this year it would be online – made possible by the creativity and innovation of the team in maximising the use of ICT.

“The Highland Council has supported the Blas Festival for the past 15 years. I’m delighted that we are able to continue our support of the Festival this year,” he said.

“We recognise that it is a challenging year for us all, including artists who are employed within the creative industries.

“Events such as Blas not only provide exceptionally high quality musicianship and Gaelic cultural entertainment but, also assures continued much needed employment within the arts sector.”

It is hoped that with this year’s festival being online, people from around the world will be able to enjoy, and support, some of the Highland’s best musical talent from their own homes.


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