Sgeul, from Wed 3 – Sun 7 Aug, will feature 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.
Sgeul is supported by EventScotland’s National Events Programme and is being presented at Under Canvas in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.
The line-up includes talented Gaelic and Scots singer Evie Waddell, contemporary folk band Assynt, accordion and fiddle duo Iain Fraser + Amy Henderson, and 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.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said:
“We are delighted to be supporting Sgeul at Under Canvas through our National Events Programme and in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, as we look forward to an exciting programme of traditional and contemporary Scottish folk music and performances.
“The festival will bring economic and social benefits to the Highland capital and the wider region, as well as provide a platform for artists to promote Scottish and Gaelic heritage through music, storytelling and performances.
“Under Canvas joins our exciting portfolio of cultural events taking place this summer which are reinforcing Scotland’s position as the perfect stage for events.”