Star to Shine at HebCelt's Summer Nights

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Tuesday March 6 2018

Two of Scotland's most acclaimed performers, and some rising stars of the music scene, have been added to an already exciting line-up for this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival. Picture by: Colin Cameron

Eddi Reader and Roddy Woomble will be part of the 2018 HebCelt, along with pioneering bands Niteworks, Dante and TRIP, and young country singer Martha L Healy.

Tickets are already selling quickly for the multi award-winning event, which will run from 18-21 July in Stornoway in the island of Lewis and will be headlined by Deacon Blue.

Other acts already announced in an international programme include Scottish bands Skipinnish, Blazin’ Fiddles, Tide Lines, The Tumbling Souls, Kinnaris Quintet and Trail West; as well as Vishtèn and the Yves Lambert Trio, from Canada; and Habadekuk, from Denmark.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said:

“The announcement of these fabulous additions will contribute hugely to a really exciting programme for HebCelt in 2018.

“The festival is renowned for promoting well known established acts alongside the best of young talent to create a diverse and vibrant blend of music in our unique setting.

“We are delighted that the weekend tickets we have on sale just now are doing exceptionally well.

“That provides us with the impetus to continue to work really hard to provide our audiences from near and far with an amazing festival experience this summer.”

Eddi, a frequent visitor to HebCelt, most recently in 2016 with her band, is currently putting the finishing touches to a new album which will be released this year.

Her career has now spanned three decades, including front woman for Fairground Attraction and also as a solo artist.

In that time, she has released nine critically-acclaimed solo albums, three BRIT awards, a No 1 single and an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts.

Having performed across the world as frontman of Scottish Indie giants, Idlewild, celebrated songwriter Roddy Woomble recently toured the UK to mark the tenth anniversary of this debut solo album, ‘My Secret Is My Silence’.

He also released his fourth studio album ‘The Deluder’ in late 2017.

Roddy has lived at various times in the UK, France and New York and is currently based in Mull and hosts the annual Iona Village Hall Music Festival.

He said:

"I always love visiting Lewis and the Outer Hebrides.

“This will be my third time playing at HebCelt - it's a great festival, in a lovely town on a unique island.”

Niteworks are on a crest of a wave at the moment and are set to have their busiest ever year in 2018 which will see the release of their second album - the follow up to the critically-acclaimed ‘NW’, released in 2015 - and featuring appearances from acts such as Julie Fowlis, Iain Morrison, Ellen MacDonald, Sian and Kinnaris Quintet.

The band, who mix the Gaelic language and traditional music from their native Skye with electronica and techno sounds, performed a nine-minute live soundtrack for the midnight fireworks display at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay event to rave reviews, and also played to a sold-out 12,000 audience at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow at Celtic Connections.

The band said:

“We cannot wait to come back to HebCelt. It was one of the very first festivals we played as a band, so it’s always felt like a bit of a homecoming every time we play.

“And this year we have lots of new material planned to ensure our return is extra special!”

Following their full-length debut ‘Wake’, Scottish alt folk band Dante release a new album ‘I Wear Your Weight With Mine’ in March, which looks set to continue their growing success in leading the charge of the newer indie/folk rock bands.

TRIP, formed in late 2016, are a new trad band based in Glasgow but drawing on influences from the cultures and traditions of Scotland, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

The six-piece are all second-year students at the Royal Conservetoire of Scotland, including Lewis Gaelic singer, Mairi Maclennan.

Last year the band performed across Scotland, the Isle of Man and Ireland, where they opened as Sharon Shannon's special guests in her Sligo Live concert and will release their debut EP ‘Eclipse’ this year.

Glasgow-born Martha L Healy, who has been heavily influenced by female artists such as Sheryl Crow, Carol King, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline, is building a strong reputation via performances at festivals including Country to Country (C2C) and Glasgow Americana.

Her debut album, ‘Better Days’, was recorded in Nashville in 2014 and she recently returned from three months there writing and recording album no.2, ‘Keep the Flame Alight’ which is released this year.

 

Weekend arena tickets for HebCelt priced £93, £83 concession and £30 (6-14 years) are available from www.hebceltfest.com.

  

 

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