So close no matter how far, Tiree Music Festival leaves every local in awe by the impact it has on such a small refuge in Scotland. The event takes place at Talla, in an Island said to be one of the most magical around the globe: the Isle of Tiree. The Scottish media have already recognized an infinite value to the Tiree Fest by its role attracting many people to the distant remote area.
Tiree Music Festival was founded in July 2010 with its sight on a mission: to consist of a special and diferent agenda, still remaining a small and unique event. For a few years, Tiree local and musician Daniel Gillespie found himself performing at festivals around the world dreaming of a similar event back home. Quickly what was a simple aspiration, desire and idea became reality.
The main goal making Gillespie’s head and heart pound was to design a music happening capable of showing the beauty of Tiree with the festival-goers and provoking a real boost of its economy and potential community.
Utterly focused on folk music, Tiree is held annually on the Scottish Island that gives name to the music event. 2010 was the birth year of a new era created by Scottish musician Daniel Gillespie along with fellow resident Stewart MacLellan.
Soon the duo’s efforts were regarded as something more than valid and favorable to this UK’s country and people started to be captivated by the concept. August of 2013 was a huge highlight in the history of the festival. It was attended by more than 1.500 people and it integrated three stages: an open air main stage, a marquee-housed community village stage and an indoor ceilidh stage.
From local to national and international music acts, a lot of names fill the line-up of Tiree, located in the Island known as the “Hawaii of the North”. This year’s edition featured: Glasgow-based singer and songwriter Eddi Reader; admirable muti-instrumentalist who mainly sings in Scottish Gaelic Julie Fowlis; irish accordion melodies of the Sharon Shannon Big Band and contemporary folk and world music messiahs, Peatbog Faeris, among many others.
Several awards were delivered to Tiree as a proof of the Scottish tourism industry’s gratitude including the 2012 and 2013 Best Small Festival by Scottish Events Awards as well as the 2013 Best Cultural Event by Highland and Island Tourism and Scottish Thistle Awards.