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- NEW ACTS ANNOUNCED
- UNIQUE AUDIENCE EXPERIENCE WITH CINEMOR 77
- LAUNCH OF TIREE’S VERY OWN TYREE GIN
- A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
With less than two weeks to go until Tiree Music Festival 2017 a host of new acts have been announced, alongside a unique audience experience, the launch of the island’s brand new gin and a special guest appearance!
With the last few tickets available the countdown is on to get tickets to what was voted Scotland’s Best Small Festival at last year’s Scottish Events Awards. The Island of Tiree is often dubbed ‘The Hawaii of the North’ and with picture-perfect white sands and world-famous surf, TMF is more than just a music festival but instead a true island adventure to what has been described as one of the most stunning festival locations in the world.
Gary Innes, one of the new acts to be added to this year’s line-up, and Tide Lines’ front man Robert Robertson gave the new unique audience experience at this year’s festival a trial run. Social Enterprise group Cinemor 77 will bring their Cinema Yurt to Tiree Music Festival where they will offer special film experiences alongside a number of intimate gigs. With cushions and bean bags for seats and a capacity of only 30 people this will provide a unique experience for festival goers who will be able to watch their favourite artists perform in an intimate setting.
Robert Robertson, who will be playing in Cinemor 77’s Cinema Yurt, had this to say after trying it out, “It was brilliant, I have never seen anything like it before! I can’t wait to play a gig in such a unique and intimate environment, I think it will be really special and definitely one of the most memorable venues I’ll have ever played!”
An exciting new act to be announced for this year’s Tiree Music Festival is highland born accordionist, founding member of Mànran and presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s Take the Floor, Gary Innes who will be performing his new album ‘ERA’ at this year’s festival, Scotland’s only summer festival to showcase the new material.
Another brilliant new addition to 2017’s Tiree Music Festival line-up is Glasgow’s Have Mercy Las Vegas .Following their launch onto the Scottish Music scene in 2011, Have Mercy Las Vegas have gone from strength to strength with their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues and their celtic flair. Known best for their live performances where they fully show off their range of original songs, foot stomping hoe downs and even some harmonious laments.
Another addition to this year’s line-up is former front-man of the much loved Scottish Americana band The Felsons, Dean Owens. His compelling and engaging live performance connects with the audience through an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. He will be joined by his band, The Whisky Hearts, who are a mighty all-star line-up. Owens has been described by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris as “One of Scotland’s best” and with Russell Brand encouraging us all to “For God’s sake buy this album”, TMF can’t wait to welcome him to the festival.
Jam Sandwich will be returning to Tiree Music Festival again for 2017. When they last played TMF in 2014 Festival Director Daniel Gillespie remembers them nearly blowing the roof off the then brand new Big Top Tent, he says, “They created an electric atmosphere with their feel-good, high energy performance – absolute crowd-pleasers from the word go.”
Tamzene, the first signing to new label Belladrum Records, will also be performing at this year’s festival. Hailing from Cromarty in the Highlands of Scotland, Tamzene’s debut single ‘Lullaby’ has been released to critical acclaim and the TMF audience can look forward to hearing more of what this highly talented multi-instrumentalist has to offer.
Flame haired songstress Sophie Rogers will be showcasing her Caledonia soul and folk/pop fusion at TMF 2017. With a new EP coming out this year Sophie will be playing an array of new material as well as some old favourites from her sold-out EP ‘An Overflow of Words’ and album ‘Two Sides’. Sophie is no stranger to performing live having toured across the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.
Tiree Music Festival also looks forward to welcoming vocalist and guitarist Marianne Fraser, of folk ensemble CherryGrove, to this year’s festival. The keen songwriter describes her main influences as Karine Polwart, Boo Hewerdine, Nickel Creek and Regina Spektor.
The Sea Atlas, winners of the Calmac Culture 2017 competition, will also be performing their atmospheric folk rock at this year’s festival. From the Western Isles of Scotland this 4 piece draws inspiration from their Scottish surroundings when writing and performing their wealth of original material.
Another coup for the multi-award winning festival is the official launch of the Island’s brand new Tyree Gin taking place over the weekend. This brand new addition to the ‘Hebridean Gin’ is a true taste of Tiree with the flavour being achieved through six locally foraged botanicals which are ground together with Kelp and Sea-Belt from the wild Atlantic Ocean. Tyree was the original spelling for Tiree’s Post Office, established in Scarinish in 1802, the name was changed to Tiree in 1889.
There will also be a special guest performance from Anthony “Anto” Thistlewaite, long-standing member of Irish rock band The Saw Doctors, who will join Tide Lines on stage at this year’s festival. The multi-instrumentalist was a founding member of The Waterboys and has recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Sharon Shannon, Eddi Reader, Chris De Burgh, Robyn Hitchcock, Fairground Attraction and Psychedelic Furs to name a few.
Festival Director, Daniel Gillespie, said: “The countdown is well and truly on! I can’t believe in less than two weeks we will be welcoming an array of talented musicians to the island and also, of course, our inimitable Tiree Music Festival audience!
“There are some brilliant up-and-coming acts that are not to be missed this year, alongside some fresh new material from some well-known festival faces.
“We can’t wait to welcome Cinemor 77 to the festival this year too, this will be a really unique and memorable experience for our audience who will get to watch some of their favourite artists perform in such an intimate environment!”
Artists confirmed to play the Cinemor 77 Yurt are Siobhan Miller, Robert Robertson, Gentlemen of Few, Have Mercy Las Vegas, Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts, Tamzene, Sophie Rogers, Marianne Fraser and The Sea Atlas.
The full 2017 line-up includes Scouting for Girls, Dougie MacLean, FunBox, Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Tide Lines, Siobhan Miller, Gary Innes, JigJam, Gunna Sound, Trail West, Heron Valley, Gentlemen of Few, Have Mercy Las Vegas, Dean Owens and The Whisky Hearts, Dosca, Jam Sandwich, Cornaig Ceilidh Band, Dùn Mòr, The Defenders, Tamzene, Sophie Rogers, Marianne Fraser and The Sea Atlas.Read More »
The multi-award winning Tiree Music Festival last night confirmed that Scouting for Girls will travel to the remote island to headline the ‘Best Small Event in Scotland’ as part of their 10th anniversary year. It is ten years since the band released their No.1 self-titled album that featured hit singles ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘She’s so Lovely’ – selling over 1 million copies worldwide.
For TMF, this will be the 8th festival since its formation in 2010 that has seen the festival sell out every year and gain a reputation as one of the friendliest and most unique festivals in the UK. The festival will be held on the 14th – 16th July once again overlooking the white sands of Crossapol Bay.
Joining Scouting for Girls will be legendary singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean for his second visit to the festival after his spine-tingling performance in 2014. Debuting at the festival will be one of Scotland’s most exciting new voices Siobhan Miller as well as Irish-Bluegrass sensations Jig Jam fresh from their USA tour.
Festival Director Daniel Gillespie, “We are delighted to once again bring a world-renowned act to our small magical island and know that the TMF crowd will create an atmosphere like no other. We are also thrilled to welcome back Dougie as he loved his time on the island in 2014 and his performance in the main tent was one that will never be forgotten – it is the one and only time at TMF when you could have heard a pin drop!”
TMF wouldn’t be TMF without the Tiree strong contingent of Skipinnish, Skerryvore, Trail West, Gunna Sound, Dun Mor and The Defenders as well as a performance from legendary tutor Gordon Connell & The Cornaig Ceilidh Band.
There will also be a special first birthday celebration for Tide Lines who performed their first ever gig at TMF 2016 and have gone on to take the Scottish music scene by storm.
Families (and big kids!) will be delighted to know that Funbox will be returning to Tiree with their new ‘Highland Fling’ show and there will once again be a host of children’s activities and workshops throughout the weekend.
All remaining tickets for the festival go on sale this Saturday (18th) at 12.00 (noon) and are available from www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk . Early bird tickets for the event sold out in less than 48hrs so early booking is advised.Read More »
Calmac have today released details on the additional sailings scheduled to support the Tiree Music Festival.There will once again be 2 sailings per day on many of the days around the event to help with the increased traffic travelling to Tiree for the multi-award winning festival. Bookings for the sailings will be live from 12.00 (noon) on Tuesday 10th January 2017 – as with previous years, early booking is advised.Bookings can be made at www.calmac.co.uk or by calling Oban Office on 01631 700506 (select Option 2)Read More »
Tiree Music Festival (TMF) today released details of the annual visitor survey and economic impact report for the festival. Independently conducted by Stirling based MKA Economics, the report on the 2016 festival has highlighted that TMF generated an economic impact of £951,117 – an overall increase of 51% on the 2015 event. The report also states that if taking multiplier effects into account, it is likely that the economic impact of the event has surpassed the £1million mark for the first time.
It is another incredible achievement by the festival that was only formed in 2010 yet has grown rapidly to become a multi-award winning event that has recently once again been crowned the ‘Best Small Event in Scotland’ at the Scottish Event Awards in October.
Brenda O’Hara MSP recently described the festival as a “cultural coup for the island” commending the directors and team behind the festival for their commitment to the social enterprise event and its importance to the tourism industry of Argyll & Bute as a whole. The achievements of the festival were raised at the House of Commons in an Early Day Motion by Mr O’Hara.
Early bird tickets for Tiree Music Festival 2017 go on sale on Sunday 27th at 12.00 noon and those planning on snapping up the discounted tickets are advised to book early as the tickets sold out in less than 3 hours last year. More information on the tickets and the full economic impact report can be found at www.tireemusicfestival.co.ukRead More »
ONLY 50 TICKETS REMAINING FOR BIGGEST EVER TMF
Two exciting names have been added to the line up for the 7th Tiree Music Festival (15th to 17th July 2016).
Tide Lines, a brand new Scottish band, will make their live debut at Tiree Music Festival.
Tide Lines have a fresh sound – driven by guitar, drums, and pipes. Their recently released single, “Far Side of the World”, is from the pen of lead vocalist, former Skipinnish front man, Robert Robertson and last night entered the iTunes top 100 UK download chart. The band was launched two days ago across social media platforms with an accompanying music video to promote the release of the single. The band is made up of Robertson from Lochaber, Ross Wilson from Mull (also ex-Skipinnish), Alasdair Turner from Alness, and Fergus Munro from Glasgow. The band are delighted to launch this new act at TMF:
“TMF is the perfect location for our first ever live performance as Tide Lines – and we’re incredibly excited for it”, says lead singer Robert Robertson. “There are a number of factors that give TMF a totally unique atmosphere so we are just ecstatic to perform our first ever show there.”
The Scott Wood Band will also be making their TMF debut, having previously performed as a trio in their early days back in 2013. Described as “a collaboration of the most promising young Scottish Musicians”, the band is fronted by one of the world’s leading young bagpipers in Scott Wood and features finalists from the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competitions. Their success was also recognised with a nomination for the prestigious ‘Folk Band of the Year’ category at the 2014 BBC MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards.
Tide Lines and the Scott Wood Band complete the most exciting and eclectic TMF line up to date next to international acts like Levellers, Flook, Sharon Shannon and Nashville singer Jesse Terry and the very best Scottish artists like Breabach, Blazin Fiddles and Fergie MacDonald.Read More »
Tiree Music Festival (15-17 July) this week announced a very special list of acts for what will be the biggest TMF to date. Over the course of the three days, acts including Levellers, Red Hot Chili Pipers, Sharon Shannon, Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Blazin Fiddles and legendary Irish quartet Flook will play to a 2000 strong crowd – over treble the population of the island.
Famed for its laid back atmosphere, TMF attracts a diverse audience and is well-known as being one of the most family-friendly in the UK. The multi-award winning event has sold out every year since its inception in 2010, with early bird tickets for the 2016 being sold out in four hours so the additional capacity will enable more people to experience the TMF adventure than ever before.
This year’s festival will feature three stages including the Calmac Live Lounge, set in the heart of the TMF Community Village – a purpose built arena packed with a host of creative activities and the best of west coast produce from Argyll Foods. As well as the music, there will be special sea-life trips with Basking Shark Scotland and also the first ever TMF ‘flash-mob’ co-ordinated by Eden Court Creative.
“This is the most exciting and eclectic TMF line up to date,” says Artistic Director Daniel Gillespie. “Securing international acts like Levellers, Flook, Sharon Shannon and Nashville singer Jesse Terry alongside the very best Scottish artists like Breabach, Blazin Fiddles and Fergie MacDonald is what makes the journey to TMF so special. And being known as the ‘Hawaii of the North’, it is only right that our first ever flash-mob is Hawaiian themed!”
With four extra sailings from Calmac and three extra scheduled flights from FlyBe, the journey to the ‘Hawaii of the North’ is more accessible than ever before.
Festival Director Stewart MacLennan says: “We are thrilled to confirm that TMF 2016 will be the biggest and best to date thanks to the additional capacity provided by Calmac and FlyBe. These additional travel routes are not only providing more capacity to the island but more flexibility of when to travel, which is fantastic for the event and the island as a whole.”
Those who aren’t lucky enough to snap up tickets can soak in the sights and sounds as BBC ALBA will record highlights and performances from the island festival for the second year, providing an insight into the charm and colour that makes the festival and the island so appealing. After the success of last year’s footage, BBC ALBA have confirmed that the 2016 coverage will increase to 11 episodes and 6hrs of footage including a special episode on A’bhuain – the Tiree Homecoming 2016.Read More »
The first 5 acts of TMF2016! With many more to be announced!
Remaining tickets on sale this Saturday (19th) at noon!
LEVELLERS | RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS | SKIPINNISH | SKERRYVORE | FLOOK
PLUS MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED………Read More »
All remaining tickets for TMF2016 go on sale this Saturday 19th March at 12.00 (noon)!
Early bird tickets sold out in under 3 hours so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be on sale from the website as normal: www.tireemusicfestival.co.uk
Stay tuned also for information on more travel options to TMF than ever before as well as the release of the TMF2016 line-up!Read More »
The small festival hit by storms this summer has blown away the opposition to win a major tourism award.
During this year’s Tiree Music Festival more than 1,000 people had to be evacuated from the site because of strong winds. A huge response from the community and local businesses helped find shelter for festival-goers in schools, the island airport and people’s homes so the event was able to continue.
The festival, which attracted a sell-out 1,700 audience – more than three times the island population – has been voted Best Cultural Event or Festival at the prestigious annual Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.
And in a double success for the island, the Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing event also won HITA’s new Best Sporting Event category, The awards were presented last week(13 November) by Fergus Ewing, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, at a glittering ceremony in the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness.
Mr Ewing said: “I commend the hard work and commitment of everyone who extends a warm welcome and high standard of service to Scotland’s visitors. While Tiree in particular can celebrate a deserved double win, I congratulate all of this year’s winners and send best wishes for a long, enjoyable and worthwhile career in tourism and hospitality.”
The Tiree Music Festival, which started in 2010, has grown steadily over the years and is known as one of the most family-friendly in the UK. This year tickets sold out within five hours of going on sale with a line-up that included The Fratellis, We Banjo 3, Skerryvore and Manran.
The HITA judges said of the festival: “The tiny, seemingly inaccessible Isle of Tiree has overcome local constraints to build its annual music festival into an incredible, cultural event which brings economic benefits to the community, highlights traditional and contemporary music and makes imaginative use of sponsorship. It is a worthy winner that has enhanced the overall visitor experience.
Tiree Wave Classic is the longest running professional windsurfing event in the world. Founded in 1986, it showcases the best of the UK’s windsurfing talent, ranging from juniors to World Cup professional windsurfers.
Both events now go onto the national finals – the prestigious Thistle Awards on 18th March 2016 where they will be showcased alongside major events such as the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.
Early bird tickets for TMF 2016 go on sale at noon on Saturday 28th November. With last year selling out in 4hrs we recommend very early booking! Tickets can be purchased from the ticket section of website: http://tireemusicfestival.co.uk/401-2/Read More »