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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ÍMAR Who are these guys? These guys are the hottest property on the trad scene right now. Individually, they are among the top musicians on their chosen instruments in the country. Collectively, they are dynamite. A force to be reckoned with. A phenomenon. We’ve been incredibly keen to entice them to our shores and are.. read more →
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Hello Everyone! How are you all doing? We have a special request for all our deeply beloved regular festival goers… The advent announcements have surprisingly prompted a number of ticket reservations. We are by no means sold out, but we are advanced of where we were this time last year. With that it mind we.. 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