17th to 20th September 2015 will see Colonsay celebrating it’s 8th Music Festival. Over the past 7 years, thanks to the hard work of the Islanders and the generosity of the artists Colonsay has consistently managed to attract Scotland’s finest musicians to the smallest (and we think best) festival in the land. It’s a tribute to Colonsay’s charm that busy musicians are willing to take a weekend out of their touring schedules to come and make music with us.
And they do: on stage, in the pub, at impromptu parties and who knows what goes on behind closed doors!
The charm of our festival is that we get the chance to mingle with the musicians and they get a chance to step back from their busy schedules and very definitely mix business and pleasure.
Why not join us?
This year’s headliners are the world famous Blazin’ Fiddles and Breabach. Details about them and the other performers can be found HERE
For a flavour of Ceòl Cholasa have a look at this short film by Rachel Hendry.
Ceòl Cholasa 5.
Tickets are available from Here or by contacting us directly.
Details of accommodation can be found on www.colonsay.org
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COLONSAY? WHERE’S THAT THEN? Colonsay is a small island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, located north of Islay and south of Mull. It is home to just over 100 hardy souls. We have one hotel, one shop and one café. But we also have a host of award winning beaches, unique flora and fauna, an 18.. read more →
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TIDE LINES Who are these guys? Well we reckon most of you will know Tide Lines. After all, they were the first band to sell out at the forthcoming Celtic Connections. They sold out the Ironworks in Inverness very quickly indeed and their Stornaway gig sold out in 6 minutes. 6 minutes! If you really are one.. read more →
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THE TEUCHTARS DO…. In the halcyon days of early Ceòl Cholasa there was to be found a concert like no other. A concert featuring a wealth of local performers, absolute beginners to battle weary troubadours. A concert where the audience could themselves become the star. A concert with strict rules and yet no rules at all… read more →
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THE JARLATH HENDERSON BAND Who are these guys? Well, let’s start with Jarlath will we? It’s his name up in lights after all… Jarlath hails from County Tyrone and quickly became a fixture in the Scottish traditional music scene when he came over to Aberdeen to study medicine (yes, he’s not only incredibly musically gifted, he’s also a doctor –.. read more →
BEIRA Who are these guys? Local girl, Caitlin McNeill, is no stranger to the Ceòl Cholasa stage having played at the festival with various groups and in her own right as a solo singer. This time she brings home her new band, Beira. Caitlin (guitar/vocals) is joined by Alana MacInnes from South Uist (pipes/whistles), Shona.. read more →
Hello Everyone! How are you all doing? We have a special request for all our deeply beloved regular festival goers… Tickets are selling faster this year than they have for a number of years and we don’t want our core fans missing out, so our request is simply that you get in touch to reserve.. read more →
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“Thanks again for your immaculate hospitality during our stay. 5 Star.”— Gordon (Gaberlunzie)
“Many many thanks for such a great festival and a perfect weekend. It all felt so laid back and as if it all happened by chance. It takes a huge amount of work to achieve that ‘just happened’ feeling.”— Rachel Clarke