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Eden Court’s Under Canvas event in Inverness this week celebrates Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 – Sgeul Week began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday is supported by EventScotland’s National Events Programme


By Ian Duncan


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An event this week in Inverness celebrates Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 with Sgeul Week.

It is part of Eden Court’s Under Canvas series and began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

Sgeul features performances by some of Scotland’s finest traditional and Gaelic musicians who have been inspired by iconic stories, local traditions, cultural heritage, language and landscapes.

It is supported by EventScotland’s National Events Programme and the line-up includes talented Gaelic and Scots singer Evie Waddell, contemporary folk band Assynt, accordion and fiddle duo Iain Fraser and Amy Henderson, and it concludes with a family day of stories and songs with Seanchas and interactive performers Sprog Rock.

A highlight of the programme will be the premiere performances of four pieces of music commissioned especially for Sgeul.

The commissioned artists Mischa Macpherson, Malin Lewis, Laura Wilkie and Man of the Minch will perform their new compositions supported by members of the queer voices in folk collective, Bogha-frois.

Susannah Armitage, senior producer at Eden Court, said: “The majority of the traditional folk canon of music and songs comes from a very heteronormative place that does not necessarily reflect the lived experience of the artists performing or the audience listening to the music.

“We are very grateful that EventScotland’s support has enabled us to commission some of Scotland’s most exciting folk musicians to write new music with a queer narrative, adding to Scotland’s songbook and creating a legacy for the Year of Stories.”

• Tickets are available online at Eden Court's website.



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