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!!
With only 42 hours until our first event it’s about time we published a running order. So here it is: Ceòl Cholasa 2017 – 10 Years And Still Kicking! Quite a programme we hope you’ll agree. See you all at the Strand on Tuesday…. Keir read more →
YES, WE KNOW. IT HAS INDEED BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE ANYTHING FRESH WAS POSTED HERE. AND SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN QUICK TO LET US KNOW (WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE, BILLY…) TRUTH TO TELL HOWEVER, IS THAT THERE HAS BEEN S.F.A.TO REPORT, UNLESS YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW THE LATEST ON OUR ANNUAL.. read more →
So here it is, the line-up for 2017. Only 5 months to go; tickets selling like hot burgers and accommodation vanishing as I write. Karine Polwart Trio Elephant Sessions Kathleen MacInnes with Mike Vass and Mhairi Hall Iain MacFarlane, Ewan Robertson & Dermot Byrne Anthony John Clarke Mairearad Green and Mike Vass Rallion Lorne MacDougall.. read more →
FINAL EDITION Well, in truth, that headline should perhaps read “FINAL ADDITION”. Yes, despite the stellar line-up already announced, we have been able to squeeze in yet another gig. And who, I hear you ask, might this addition be? Well, it is none other than that star of the firmament MAIREARAD GREEN! She and.. read more →
Where Does 10 Years Go? This time in 2007 Keith and I were boldly going where no ‘eejit’ had gone before in an attempt to run the first Colonsay Folk Festival. 10 years on we are delighted to announce our final guests for 2017. ‘Inyal’ are a young band putting a fresh face on a traditional.. read more →
Well here we are in the midst of the annual January gloom, and I guess you all need cheering up a wee bit, and hopefully Pedie and I can be of some spirit-lifting assistance. Time then to announce some more of the artists who will grace our wee Hall in September. First up is a.. read more →
A HAPPY NEW YEAR to festival goers, friends of festival goers, potential festival goers and, in general all goers. And a massive thank you from Keith and Pedie for the encouragement, help, support and friendship we’ve received over the last nine years. BIG THANKS Ceòl Cholasa 2017 is well into the planning, and being our.. read more →
2017 will be the tenth Ceòl Cholasa and to celebrate we are adding a few events to show visitors a little bit more of the Island. There will be music every night but not perhaps to the frantic levels of the main festival (14th to 17th). If you want to learn a little more.. read more →
Want to know what’s on and when? Well, that seems reasonable. Here then is the running order for Ceòl Cholas 2016: Running Order 2016 (click the link you big dafty) A couple of things to note about Thursday’s gig: Niall, McNeill, McNeill & MacNeill is not only a mouthful but also a FREE concert. So come.. read more →
- 25 Sep 2017Ceòl Cholasa 2017We are indebted to everyone’s favourite Machrins McNeill, namely Hughie (sorry Seumas!), for a...
- 29 Oct 2016Ceòl Cholasa 2016…Hughie McNeillHuge thanks to Hughie for an other excellent revue, just follow the link. Ceòl Cholasa 2016...
- 26 Feb 2016Ceòl Cholasa 20182018 LINE-UP IS TAKING SHAPE… Okay, it’s barely been a week since the hall fell silent o...
- 26 Oct 2015Hughie McNeill’s Review 2015Each year Hughie forces himself, against all instincts to attend every event at the festival. He alm...
- 30 Mar 2015Ceòl Cholasa 2015 Line-UpBlazin’ Fiddles Breabach Kris Drever and Ian Carr Roberto Diana Ian Walker and Ian Bruce Jenn...
“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