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
Welcome to the place to keep up with all the latest goings on with your favourite wee festival. Here you’ll find up to the minute information regarding artists, tickets, accommodation etc., as well as the occasional raving and/or ranting that your festival organisers need to get off their respective chests. Feel free to comment on any post and let us know what you think!!
EDWINA HAYES Who is Edwina? Edwina Hayes has quite the reputation and a most disparate set of famous admirers. Her silky voice, beautiful songs and easy going charm have won her the following praise: The Guardian – ‘Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter’ Michael Parkinson – ‘A very talented young lady’ Nanci Griffith.. read more →
Last year we tried something a little different and set up a new venue in the hotel bar. The plan was to establish a bona fide second venue, replete with sofas, rugs and lamps to create a cosy living room vibe. We asked two fantastic musicians to help launch this new venture, namely Hamish Napier.. read more →
SIAN Who are these guys? SIAN brings together 3 of the best Gaelic singers in the business with a focus on performing songs by female Gaelic bards. Eilidh Cormack has somehow managed to stand out against a strong lineage of Gaelic singers, having won the Ladies Gold Medal at the Mòd and been a semi.. read more →
THE POOZIES Who are these guys? Seriously?! It’s the Poozies! Back with a new line-up and a stonkin’ new album. Alongside Mary McMaster (electro-harp, vocals) and force of nature Eilidh Shaw (fiddle, vocals) are Sarah McFadyen (fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals) and Tia Files (guitar, percussion, fiddle, vocals). They come together to shift the venerable all.. read more →
ASSYNT Who are these guys? Assynt are a relatively new trio, comprising of David Shedden on pipes and whistles, Graham MacKenzie on fiddle and Innes White on guitar. Individually, the band has worked with the Grit Orchestra, Heidi Talbot, John McCusker band, Karen Matheson, Siobhan Miller, Capercaillie, Inyal, The Scott Wood Band and include founding.. read more →
Accommodation for Ceòl Cholasa 2019 12th – 15th September Below is a list of all accommodation we believe to be available for the 2019 festival. We will update this list on a regular basis. Once you’ve got somewhere to stay sorted, head over to the Tickets page and get those all important tickets reserved. Last.. read more →
Reporting from the catwalks of Scalasaig, we look at the 2018 line from Ceòl Cholasa Originals and we reckon it’s sure to be a hit with fashionistas everywhere: Pistachio Green and Indigo Blue are this season’s ‘in’ colours. How do we know? Because Ceòl Cholasa Originals say so, that’s why! Each year, whatever this.. read more →
We have some good news and some bad news for you. So let’s get the bad news out of the way first: Due to unforeseen circumstances Beira have had to withdraw from this year’s Ceòl Cholasa. Alas, these things can happen and we’re all very sorry not to be welcoming Shona, Alana and Fiona into the.. read more →
SPECIAL TICKET ALERT!! Really fancy coming to Ceòl Cholasa but can’t manage the whole weekend? Would you love to see Tide Lines bring the house down on Thursday night? Fancy a nice comfy bed in which to lay down your weary head? If you can get yourself to the island on Thursday 13th September and.. 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