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The Hebridean Celtic Festival (Scottish Gaelic: Fèis Cheilteach Innse Gall) is an international Celtic music festival, which takes place annually in Stornoway on Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The biggest headliners to date have been Runrig, The Waterboys, Proclaimers and Van Morrison. Many other acts take part in the event, including visiting international artists, solo artists and local musicians.

Organised largely by a dedicated volunteer force, the event established in 1996 has seen growth over the intervening years. Over and above the music, the Festival also offers workshops, street arts, Gaelic storytelling, language tasters, and opportunities to explore areas rich culture and heritage. A recent addition is an annual inter island shinty match for the Hebcelt Trophy,[1] played for the first time in 2007.

Now firmly established as one of Scotland’s great summer music events the population of Stornoway swells by half during July to accommodate the annual pilgrimage of festivalgoers.

One of the most enduring UK festivals, during 2009 performers from Québec, Ireland, Australia and the USA will join with some of Scotland’s best known talent to play for festival-goers from over 80 countries at this year’s event. The top Celtic music artists at this year’s four day event (July 15th-18th) include The Sharon Shannon Big Band, La Bottine Souriante, Michael McGoldrick Band, Blair Douglas Band, The Wilders, Karen Matheson, Fred Morrison and Le Vent du Nord.

The Hebridean Celtic Festival, now in its 14th year, continues to attract thousands of visitors from around the world from as far away as North America, Australia and New Zealand. The festival continues to overcome a variety of challenges thrown up by its distance from key markets and the changed economic climate.

Full Festival Line-up: The Sharon Shannon Big Band, La Bottine Souriante, Michael McGoldrick Band, Blair Douglas Band, The Wilders, Karen Matheson, Fred Morrison and Le Vent du Nord. The Chair, Calum Martin’s Megantic Outlaw, Box Club, Face the West and Friends, The Ploughboys, Calum Alex & Seonaidh Beag MacMillan, Gary Innes & Ewan Robertson, Norrie MacIver & Sineag MacIntyre, and Deoch an Dorus.

Past bands performing at the Hebridean Celtic Festival

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