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HEBCELT TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT EDINBURGH NEW YEAR PARTY

18 Nov 2014

Musicians representing the multi award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival will be among Edinburgh’s first foot guests during the capital’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Artists will perform at a special ceilidh being held as part of a series of free live gigs ‘hidden’ in 11 buildings and outdoor spaces in the city’s Old Town on 1 January.

The festival, which will mark its 20th anniversary in 2015 and was voted Best Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards this month, was chosen to be featured in the Scot:Lands activities promoting the very best of Scottish arts, music, theatre, film and dance.

The HebCelt: Land event will mark its two decades of showcasing Celtic music and the Gaelic culture by recreating the atmosphere of the island event with performances by singer-songwriters Iain Morrison and Lori Watson and folk band Rura, winners of a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and Up and Coming Artist of the Year honour at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2011 and a Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award nominee last year.

Gaelic singer Catriona Watt, from Lewis, Gold Medal winner at the 2011 Royal National Mod and the 2007 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, will also be on stage alongside Jane Hepburn (fiddle), Craig Muirhead (keyboards), Cameron Drummond (pipes), Alasdair Maclean (accordion), and DC Macmillan (percussion), in their new band Malin.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Being invited to be part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay activities is a great honour and a wonderful opportunity to promote our unique event and our exciting traditional music.

“We are looking forward to giving the Edinburgh audience a flavour of our distinctive and atmospheric festival at the beginning of what is a milestone year for us.”

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, added: “On New Year’s Day, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay presents Scot:Lands; the very best in music, art and theatre created and curated by Scotland’s most innovative artists, arts organisations and musicians: a festival in itself – all free.

“We are very excited that the HebCelt festival will be joining us to recreate, in Edinburgh for one afternoon, one of the most atmospheric festivals on the planet.”

Scot:Lands – part of the three-day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival - will take place from 12.30pm on Thursday 1 January 2015 in 11 atmospheric venues across Edinburgh – all free of charge.  Audiences are asked to pre-register at www.edinburghshogmanay.com from 1 December 2014 to be allocated a boarding time at Home:Land at the National Museum of Scotland, from where they will start their mysterious and magical tour of the very best of Scotland’s music, art and theatre.
 
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