Young People to The Fore at Blas 2017

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday September 1 2017

Bidh Blas a’ tòiseachadh a-màireach agus cha bheag a tha ri fhaicinn agus ri chluinntinn anns na 9 làithean a tha air thoiseach oirnn eadar cuirmean, cèilidhean, ceòl, òrain, dràma agus bàrdachd. Bidh òigridh aig teas-meadhan ghnothaichean agus iomadh cothrom aca a bhith a’ cluich aig tachartasan agus a bhith san èisteachd aig prìs fhabharach. Bidh àite mòr ga thoirt do laoich na Gàidhlig cuideachd le cuirmean sònraichte aig feadhainn a tha air cur gu mòr ri dualchas na Gàidhlig.

The Blas Festival begins today, Friday 1st September offering a 9-day taste of Highland culture in venues across the Highlands and some of the islands. 

In its 13th year the festival, devised by The Highland Council and run in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, is not site-based but uniquely aims to work with local promoters to bring good quality music, song, drama and poetry to communities across the Highlands, offering visitors and locals an experience of Gaelic language and culture. 

As well as 35 main concerts, some of the artistes appearing at the festival will visit care homes to perform for residents and organisers Fèisean nan Gàidheal have put together a range of drama and music events in schools across the Highland Council area during the festival. 

Young people are at the heart of the festival. 

As well as young musicians getting the opportunity to perform alongside their musical heroes, in a bid to encourage them to enjoy live events school pupils can get a ticket to any Blas event for just £5. 

Two Highland Fèisean – Fèis na h-Òige in Inverness and Fèis Lochabair in Fort William – will be celebrating 25 years of providing cultural learning opportunities for young people in their communities. 

A new Drama air Chuairt (Drama Trail) initiative funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig has offered four young Gaelic actors the opportunity to work alongside a professional director and they will go on to perform a new play written by Catriona Lexy Campbell during Blas. 

The group will visit Gaelic schools and there will be two public events in Inverness and Skye.

Blas runs from 1st to 9th September and features a great line-up of traditional musicians and singers.

The festival will also honour four icons on Gaelic culture – Fergie MacDonald, Morag Macleod, Finlay MacLeod and Kenna Campbell – in specially–curated events marking the 80th birthday of individuals who have done so much to promote Gaelic heritage. 

The legacy of one of Gaelic culture’s foremost collectors of song, Rev William Matheson, will be celebrated in four special concerts – Dìleab Uilleim - featuring a range of Gaelic singers including Rachel Walker, Robert Robertson, Linda MacLeod, Alasdair Whyte, Eilidh Cormack, Christine Primrose and Allan MacDonald along with Tide Lines’ Ross Wilson and broadcaster Jo MacDonald.

A full festival list is attached and details of all events, as well as how to buy tickets, can be found at



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