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APRIL 20th-23rd 2017


Fresh from their innovative site-specific project on the Isle of Skye called Concert in A Coire, musicians George Smith and Duncan Strachan present an atmospheric programme of their own fusion of traditional and experimental music, in the surroundings of the Glenfinnan Estate Bothy. Concert goers are asked to meet at the car park adjacent to the A830 at 6.30pm, where transport to the venue will be provided.


George Smith violin

Duncan Strachan  cello



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Our first event to be held in Fort William, this year’s opening concert promises to be a very special coming together of some of the country’s best musicians. Starring local Gaelic singer Rachel Walker, alongside an array of festival artists, this evening promises to be a spell-binding introduction to this year’s Music Lost/Music Found theme.


Rachel Walker voice

Miriam Iorwerth percussion

Rachel Spencer violin

Maxwell Quartet


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The 21st Loch Shiel Festival takes place from 20th-23rd April 2017, and promises to be more groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary and diverse than ever before. This year’s impressive list of artists spans music genres and brings together a breathtaking range of musicians from different traditions for a fascinating and inspiring long weekend on the beautiful shores of Loch Shiel.


Music Lost: Music Found is about bringing together music from the past, music that has disappeared throughout the tapestry of time, and music that has been composed in current times, which both reflects the past and looks ahead to the future. This carefully woven musical collage promises to be a spell-binding and magical long weekend in this awe-inspiring corner of Scotland.




Jon Dye Historian


Join us on a spell-binding journey along the shores of loch Shiel, led by local historian John Dye. We'll trace the so-called "coffin trail", remembering Acharacle and Loch Shiel in times gone by, including the birth of Alistair MacMaghister, the bard of the Gaelic enlightenment, at Dalilea House. Of course, there will be some musical surprises along the way! Walkers are asked to meet at Dalilea House at 2.30pm.




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Sunday 23rd April 2017 | 8.30pm | Prince's House Hotel

Festival Dinner and Afterparty



Always a festival favourite, one of Scotland’s finest chefs, Kieron Kelly, prepares a delicious post-concert buffet in the homely surroundings of the Prince’s House Hotel. Booking early advised. Afterwards, we party the night away with the Festival Afterparty featuring impromptu performances from some of the festival artists.






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The Atéa Quintet is the foremost British Wind Quintet of their generation. Internationally acclaimed, they recently became double prize winners at the 2015 Karl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in Denmark. As the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Quintet in Residence at the Purcell School, they mentor some of the finest up and coming musicians in the country. Don't miss this phenomenal ensemble of some of the country's finest wind musicians! Here they will perform a fantastic selection of works from their forthcoming debut CD.




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Friday 21st April 2017 | 6.30pm | Shielbridge Hall, Acharacle

Atéa Quintet and Friends


Friday 21st April 2017 | 9pm | Shielbridge Hall, Acharacle

Late Night Session: Ainsley Hamill & Alistair Paterson


Saturday 22nd April 2017 | 11am | Glenuig Hall

Traditional Tunes For Tiny People!



Saturday 22nd April 2017 | 1pm | Glenuig Hall

Maxwell Quartet with Robert Irvine: Schubert Quintet


Saturday 22nd April 2017 | 6pm | Roshven House

Songs Remembered: Lochaber Gaelic Choir


Saturday 22nd April 2017 | 9pm | Glenuig Hall

Late Night Session: Megan Henderson


Don't miss this exciting coming together of two of the country's top young ensembles! The Atéas are joined by festival favourites  the Maxwell Quartet for an evening of sumptuous music for mixed chamber ensemble, including Brahms' great masterpiece, the Clarinet Quintet. 

Following this concert there will be a buffet meal, courtesy of Jill Gosney at Ardsealach Lodge.


Atea Wind Quintet

Maxwell String Quartet


MOZART Oboe Quartet

BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet                                                      


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Our amazing partnership with Live Music Now Scotland continues this year with a very special performance from one of Scotland's most talented traditional song duos. Ainsley (song) and Alistair (piano/keyboards) have been performing together for almost six years after first meeting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2009. Both members of the critically acclaimed folk band ‘Barluath’ (, they have also performed extensively as a duo and have delighted many audiences with their varied repertoire and engaging performances. Don't miss this golden opportunity to hear them as their star is on the rise.




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Live Music Now artists bring their fun-filled and toe-tapping workshops for little ones to the shores of Glenuig! Using Glenuig Hall as a base we will be exploring music and having a chance to play along with these brilliant musicians. ALL ages are welcome and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone, from toddlers to grown-ups!



Ainsley Hamill voice, step-dance

Alistair Paterson keyboard/harmonium



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In this much-anticipated concert, we welcome back Scotland's legendary cellist Robert Irvine to perform one of the greatest pieces in the entire chamber music repertoire: Schubert's beautiful Quintet in C. Seen by many as the composer's swansong, it is sure to be a unique and special performance, in one of our favourite Loch Shiel locations.


Maxwell Quartet

Robert Irvine cello


SCHUBERT Quintet in C


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The festival is delighted to present a concert from one of the musical gems of the Lochaber area - the Lochaber District Gaelic Choir, led by Rachel Walker. Winners of the Mod’s prestigious Margaret Duncan competition for the past two years running now, we are truly thrilled to be joined by Lochaber’s District Gaelic Choir for a programme of lost Gaelic songs from the western isles of Scotland.


Lochaber District Gaelic Choir

Rachel Walker conductor




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Local hero Megan Henderson returns with members of her band Breabach, a real success-story for Scots traditional music. We feel very lucky to have them at LSF this year for a very special late night performance, exploring the festival theme of Music Lost: Music Found.


Megan Henderson voice, fiddle, harmonium

Ewan Robertson, guitar

Ewen Henderson, fiddle




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Sunday 23rd April 2017 | 1pm | The Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William

New Songs for Treasures Old


The result of a fascinating collaboration between the Poet Makar of Stirling Clive Wright, the Smith Stirling Museum, and composers Tom David Wilson and Kostas Rekleitis, we present a brand new song-cycle performed by Scottish soprano Elizabeth McCormack. Festival director Duncan Strachan joins McCormack for these fascinating songs which ruminate on lost and found objects.


Elizabeth McCormack mezzo soprano

Duncan Strachan cello                                                                                        




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Sunday 23rd April 2017 | 6pm | Glenfinnan Church

Music Lost, Music Found: Closing Concert


Featuring many of this year's festival artists, the closing concert takes us on a spectacular journey through musical history with a diverse programme of vocal and instrumental music. Join us for this inspirational close to the 2017 festival in the beautiful setting of Glenfinnan Church.


To include music by Arvo Part, William Sweeney, J.S Bach, William Byrd, James MacMillan add Benjamin Britten and featuring St Finnan's Voices, Maxwell Quartet, Atea Quintet & Robert Irvine.


This concert is held in memory of the late George Dodgshon, one of the founding fathers of the Loch Shiel Spring Festival.                                                                                      


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