Now that the festive season is a fading memory and we are into the fourth week of the new year, it is time to turn our attention again to the multi-award winning HebCelt Festival, which will have its 21st staging during the period 13th to 16th July 2016.
Already some very attractive acts have been announced for this year’s event. Scottish rock legends Runrig will be headlining and will close the event on Saturday, 16th July. Also making a welcome return to the HebCelt stage is the ever-popular Julie Fowlis, who will be performing on the night of Friday, 15th July. Julie was one of the first inductees to the HebCelt Hall of Fame and is an ambassador for the Festival. She last performed there in 2012.
Another famous Scottish name at this year’s event is the hugely talented and experienced John McCusker who will be appearing with his band. John joined the legendary folk outfit, Battlefield Band as a 17 year old and remained with them for 11 years, until 2007. Since 2008, he has been a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, appearing at many of the world’s great venues and has shared a stage, and recording studio, with some of the most illustrious performers of our time.
Also appearing this year is Hayseed Dixie, a band from the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee in the USA, who will take to the stage on Thursday, 14th July; the Scottish up-and-coming girl-band, Fara, who are fast making a big name for themselves on the folk music scene and Talisk, winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award who, despite only coming together in August 2014, have made a big name for themselves and have already landed slots at some of Britain’s biggest festivals, including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival.
We will keep you posted on further additions to the list, as they are announced. In the meantime, however, it cannot be over-emphasised that, due to high demand during Festival time, people are advised to organise accommodation well in advance.