The legendary Stompin’ Late Night Cèol Ceilidh returns for a 12th outing in 2019 and will be just as stomping’, late and ceilidhy (if it isn’t a word, it is now) as ever. Perhaps more so, because for 2019 the band will be fronted by everyones’ favourite Lismorach (Lismorian?, Lismoride?… who knows?, and frankly, who cares?) Murray Willis. The great man from the ‘Great Garden’ will be back, accordion at the ready. He’s an incredible box player, knows all the tunes and can even keep all the newbie dancers in check with his expert dance guides. Just don’t expect to keep going forwards in the Canadian Barn Dance!

Joining Murray will be long time associate Caitlin McNeill. You may have heard of her. She’s a Colonsay native (Colbhasach, we’re sure of this one!), has appeared in some form or other at every running of the festival and is now a key member of ‘The Team’, overseeing social media, art and keeping Keir from spontaneously combusting. She’ll be wielding her faithful axe as she renews her almost telepathic relationship with Mr Willis. These guys make seriously good music together and will have you dancing till you drop.

Joining them will likely be a renowned fiddle player, whose identity must remain secret….

And a drummer. Whose identity remains a mystery, as he or she is yet to be identified….

Whoever comprises the final line-up, it is sure to be a great night (early morning!) of first class music and dance.

Let me in, I’ve got canned heat in my heels….

Hold on there cowboy, you’ll need a Full Festival Pass for this rodeo. For Ceòl Cholasa 2019 passes are £80 and can be bought online (just follow the link). As well as the ceilidh to end all cèilidhean, the pass gains you entry to all of the concerts in the hall,  the workshops and reserved seating at the hotel gigs.

Remember, Ceòl Cholasa is a limited, bijou event. It’s best to purchase your ticket as soon as possible as then you can rest assured that you will be one of a maximum of only 250 people attending the best wee music festival in the west!

Where can I stay?

Much like the tickets, accommodation is limited on the island and sells out fast for festival week. So it’s always recommended that you sort out somewhere to stay at the same time as you buy your ticket. Check out the  Accommodation Station to see what’s available and to make an enquiry.