Feast your eyes on this year’s line-up…
The Peatbog Faeries
Folklore has it that the Peatbog Faeries emerged from the quagmire on Skye to be catapulted through time and space, amalgamating and fusing together their native Celtic music with electronica, funk, reggae and country blues. They are the ultimate party band, and have a hold over their audience that verges on the possession of their souls. In a very very good way.
Niteworks were born in a volcano on Skye from the same egg, embodying all that is trad tunes and emblazing them with hypnotic trance beats and techno shape-making hullabaloo… They exploded into 2018 with a bang, literally; scoring the orchestral music for Edinburgh’s famous firework display. This is their record-breaking third appearance at Fèis na Mara since that fiery inception.
This mammoth band have been growing steadily in strength and following and are no strangers to the craic on the West Coast. Prepare to have more than your ivories tickled; they’ll have you bouncing on the dance floor to their sublime powerhouse of folk, trad, funk, rock and electronica influences.
Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5
Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 are a shiny discoball hat-wearing, ultimate genre-hopping, twisted festival party at its most outrageous and ridiculous. Leap into your glitter ball and your best sparkly attire and let them consume you with yellow disco fever.
They may have scooped the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards of ‘Folk Band of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’, as well as ‘European Album of the Year’ in the Songlines Music Awards, but Breabach take it all in their stride. They are absolute masters of their craft, pulling you in and building up to a frenzy of wind, string and pipe wildfire with their poetic rhythms, fiery intensity and exquisite finesse.
Riska Ceilidh Band
These local goddesses formed the Riska Ceilidh Band last year when their legions of screaming fans could be denied no longer. Their footstompin whirlwind of fiddle, accordion and piano arrangements take the traditional ceilidh to a whole new level. The most fun you can have with your clothes on? Why keep them on? Grab your partners… this could get risqué!
Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth
Ryan’s fiddle playing is music for the soul; at times hypnotic and beautiful, at others savage and unconfined. He’s joined here by Jenn Butterworth, one of Scotland’s most sought-after guitarists. Together they are blissfully possessed by the tunes and acutely responsive to each others’ dexterity; they bring vibrancy, enthusiasm, sunshine and happiness in spades.
Project Smok is the highly addictive new brainchild of Ali Levack and Pablo Lafuente; they come to us fresh from the spring release of their debut album ‘Horizons’. The blistering whistle/pipes, guitar and bodhran combo sizzles and scorches its way into your psyche, and the total virtuosity will have you hooked and begging for more.
Friday the 5th, from 7.30pm in the Astley Hall:
Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth, followed by Breabach.
Friday the 5th, from 10.30pm in the Astley Hall:
The Elephant Sessions followed by Niteworks
Saturday 6th, from 2.30pm in The Crofter’s Rest, Arisaig Hotel:
Saturday 6th, from 7.30pm in the Astley Hall:
The Riska Ceilidh Band with special guests
Saturday 6th, from 10.30pm in the Astley Hall:
Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 followed by The Peatbog Faeries
Sunday 7th, from 2.30pm in The Crofter’s Rest, Arisaig Hotel:
Sesh-na-Marathon – Survivors must report to the pub for full-on tune-fuelled, drink-partaking damage comparison session.
Day tickets and tickets for individual events will be available from the 1st of May.
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