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Hebcelt line-up complete as day tickets go on sale

The addition of two fantastic acts completes our line-up for this year’s festival as day tickets go on sale today (fri)

The ever-popular Lau, who last appeared at HebCelt in 2013, will be with us again shortly after the release of their latest album, while we will also welcome for the first time, Glasgow sextet James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band.

Serial award-lifters Lau, who feature three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians – Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke – are in the running for more honours in 2017.

The band have been named Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on four occasions and this year Kris Drever has been nominated for Folk Singer of The Year and for Best Original Song, while Martin Green is nominated for Best Original Song and Best Album in the prestigious awards event to be held at The Royal Albert Hall next month.

James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band formed in 2013 and their music is a mix of alt country, folk rock and roots-orientated Americana. Their name derives from their eponymous singer songwriter/guitarist frontman and other musicians borrowed from various bands James has been involved in. Their second album is planned for release in the middle of this year.

These newly-announced acts bring together an outstanding and diverse main arena programme, headed by The Waterboys Imelda May, Dougie Maclean and Lucy Spraggan, with other favourites including Skerryvore and the Peatbog Faeries, as well as young and emerging talent like Imar, Tide Lines and Elephant Sessions.

HebCelt of course is not just about the main stages. This week we announced a remarkable programme at An Lanntair, including our opening concert featuring the pioneering talents of fiddlers Jane Hepburn, Louse Bichan and Maggie Adamson in the latest Between Islands project, as well as the local favourites Willie Campbell, Calum Alex Macmillan and the iconic Gaelic folk group Na h-Òganaich.

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Our acoustic stage, which this year is being sponsored by Lews Castle College UHI in a first for the institution, features a wealth of complimentary styles and demonstrates our commitment to supporting local and visiting emerging artists including Ryan Young, Zoe Bestel, Tristan Horncastle and Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente.

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This year we also strengthen our links with Canada with the visit of acts from New Brunswick, one of the country’s smallest provinces, during the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

Singer-songwriter Tristan Horncastle, female fiddlers and dancers the Lumber Jills and children’s music act Shelley Bean & The Duckety Muds will all feature during the week, to add to our Canadian connections, having hosted artists from Quebec and Cape Breton previously.

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Our community programme will also see Tide Lines playing at Breasclete, Lewis, the Lumber Jills at Seallam! and Na h-Òganaich appearing in Tarbert, Harris during the week

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It’s an exciting line-up and one that has something for everyone. Make sure you book your tickets early.

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