Set against the spectacular backdrop of Lews Castle in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, HebCelt has evolved from a small, local event into an international showpiece for Celtic and traditional music, with a reputation for promoting and supporting Gaelic and young, up-and-coming talent.
It is estimated this not-for-profit charitable event, firmly rooted within the community and almost entirely managed and produced by voluntary effort, has generated well in excess of £20 million for the local economy in little more than two decades.
HebCelt 2018 is the 23rd annual festival and will feature an exciting blend of international acts, including Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Skipinnish, Blazin’ Fiddles, Roddy Woomble, Colin Macleod, Tide Lines, Niteworks, Yves Lambert Trio, Vishtèn and Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas.
This year HebCelt is part of the Year of Young People 2018 Partner Programme and is bringing together 20 musicians, aged between 12 and 16 from across the Hebrides, to perform a suite of traditional music and Gaelic songs and has also commissioned a new song to be performed on the main festival stage.
In addition, a new competition was introduced this year to find emerging talent, with the winner receiving a spot on the Islands Stage and a recording session at a local studio.
The Isle of Lewis itself is famous for the original Stornoway black pudding, dramatic scenery, white sandy beaches and rich history. Why not extend your visit beyond HebCelt?
- Visit the mysterious standing stones at Callanish
- Treat yourself or watch a weaving demonstration of the world-famous Harris Tweed
- Cycle the 185 mile Hebridean Way
- Enjoy a real ale from the Hebridean Brewing Company, the only alcohol producer in the Outer Hebrides
- Discover more about the island and see the famous Lewis Chessmen at Lews Castle
- Relax with a gig, film or show, or try a workshop at An Lanntair
- Golf lovers can play at Stornoway Golf Club or Isle of Harris Golf Club
- The island has an abundance of wildlife including dolphins, seals, whales, sharks, seabirds, eagles, buzzards, geese and waders
For the latest information on the area and local events, please see VisitScotland
Many thanks to the promotors of HebCelt for help in the writing of this article. Photo courtesy of Colin Cameron.