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 of the few still in the dark about the most exciting band on the scene then here’s the lowdown:

Tide Lines are a four-piece band based in Glasgow who are heavily influenced by the traditional music of their native Highlands and Islands, but whose highly eclectic sound is driven by acoustic and electric guitars, with drums and keyboards. The band consists of Robert Robertson from Lochaber (vocals/guitar), Ross Wilson from the Island of Mull (keyboards/piano), Alasdair Turner from Alness (electric guitar/bagpipes), and Fergus Munro from Glasgow (drums). They first emerged in the summer of 2016 with the release of their debut single, Far Side of the World – an upbeat and dynamic love song written by lead vocalist, Robert Robertson. A year later the band were ready to release their debut album ‘Dreams We Never Lost’, which quickly rose to number 14 in the iTunes UK download charts, and was subsequently trending on Apple Music.

Want to know more? Of course you do! Well why not check out the band’s website, instagram or youtube pages? Or better still… all 3!

Why bring them to Ceòl?

Tide Lines are our Thursday night headliners this year –  a slot not to be taken lightly. In the past it’s been filled by the likes of Phil & Aly, Skipinnish and Battlefield Band. 10 years of experience tells us that the best way to get the festival started is not with a gradual build up, but with a bang! And there is no bigger ‘bang’ than Tide Lines right now.

Lyrically, the band’s original songs deal with the connection between youth and location and, in particular, the historic relationship between the band’s native Highlands and Islands and their resident city of Glasgow. Subjects to which many of us here on ‘The Rock’ can relate. We can also expect Gaelic songs and plenty of opportunity to dance in the aisles.

When are they on?

Do pay attention. Tide Lines will be headlining on Thursday night and will be away again on the next ferry, so if you want to catch them you’ll need to be here for the full 4 days.

How do I get to see them?

By purchasing a ticket of course!  Festival passes for Ceòl Cholasa 2018 are £80 and can be bought online (just follow the link). The pass gains you entry to all the concerts in the hall, the stomping late night Ceòl Ceilidh and the workshops. It will also get you the chance of 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 brand new, all singing, all dancing Visit Colonsay website to see what’s available and to make an enquiry.