BBC ALBA ushers in rays of summer sunshine and a splash of great music to television screens as the Tiree Music Festival returns to the channel for the second year. Presenters Sarah Cruickshank and Vicky Kilgour [pictured above on the machair of Tiree] will host the series on BBC ALBA over two successive weekends, starting on 23th July with further festival highlights to follow later this year.
The best kept secret of the summer festival circuit, the award winning Tiree Music Festival has sold out every year since it began in 2010. Unlucky music fans unable to buy tickets to the festival can recover the sights and sounds of the event on BBC ALBA.
The 2016 line up includes indie rock legends The Levellers; the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and, in the first episode of the BBC ALBA screening, the undisputed star of Irish trad music, Sharon Shannon, who appears onstage with the renowned local band, Skerryvore.
The continued success of this festival owes almost as much to location as it does to the music on offer. Over the course of the series, viewers will get a chance to explore what Tiree has to offer – stretches of white sandy beaches, Atlantic surf and miles of machair. Over the festival weekend, BBC ALBA will record some of the finest performances from the festival stages whilst casting light on what makes the festival and the island so appealing.
Fèis Chiùil Thiriodh also marks the television debuts of Tide Lines, fronted by the formidable talents of Robert Robertson and Ross Wilson, and they complete a lineup that includes Flook, Fergie MacDonald, Nashville singer Jesse Terry, Blazin Fiddles and Fergie MacDonald.
Fèis Chiùil Thiriodh is produced by Bees Nees Media for BBC ALBA and the first episode will be broadcast on Saturday 23 July at 10.00pm.