A SUMMER of music kicks off in Nairn on Saturday 19th July with the launch of the 2014 Caledonian Ceilidh Trail in a special concert headlined by Charlie McKerron and Marc Clement from the band Session A9.
Joining them will be the musicians of this year’s Caledonian Ceilidh trail: Rachel Campbell, who also doubles as managing director of Caledonian Ceilidhs; Jordan Neil; Rachel Currie; Liam Manion; Holly Strathdee; and Angharad Whittle
Following the success of last year’s first ever independent ceilidh trail, Campbell says the group is raising the bar with its Nairn Community Centre featuring two highly respected names in Scottish traditional music.
In addition to being a founding member of Session A9, fiddle player Charlie McKerron is a long serving member of the band Capercaillie while guitarist Marc Clement is a past member of Blazing Fiddles.
"The Caledonian Ceilidh Trail is the only ceilidh trail that is run in the Highland Capital, both independently and without any funding," Campbell said.
"I want to encourage young people from the Highland Capital and surrounding area into traditional music and provide a step ladder into becoming a professional musician. Therefore I teach beginners, run the local Ceilidh Trail Youth Band and the Caledonian Ceilidh Trail in the summer."
The Nairn show will be the first performance by the 2014 Caledonian Ceilidh Trail band following a week long training and rehearsal session under McKerron’s tutelage.
It marks the beginning of a three week tour of the Inverness area, taking them from pubs and nursing homes to the sell out Belladrum Festival, giving the young musicians aged 16 to 25 a chance to sample the life of a touring musician.
•The Ceilidh trail launch takes place at Nairn Community Centre on Saturday 19th July at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £10 for adults, £4 for children and £25 for families (two adults and up to three children).
The Caledonian Ceilidh Trail can also be seen over the coming weeks at the following locations:
Monday 21st July — Glenmoriston Arms, Invermoriston, 8pm.
Tuesday 22nd July — Culloden Battlefield, 12pm to 3pm. Outdoor Session
Wednesday 23rd July — Inverness High Street, 12pm to 2pm; Whitebridge Hotel, Whitebridge, 8pm.
Friday 25th July — Waterfront Bar & Restaurant, Inverness, 9pm.
Saturday 26th July — Culloden picnic lunch, 1pm to 3pm; Innes Bar, Inverness, 9pm.
Sunday 27th July — Nelly Dean’s, Inverness, 4pm.
Monday 28th July — Glenmoriston Arms, 8pm.
Tuesday 29th July — Inverness High Street, 12pm to 2pm; Lovat Arms, Beauly, 8pm.
Wednesday 30th July — Whitebridge Hotel, 8pm.
Thursday 31st July — Hootananny’s Ceilidh Bar, Inverness, 9.30pm. Open session with all musicians welcome to take part.
Friday 1st August — Hootananny, 9.30pm.
Saturday 2nd August — Invergarry Village Hall with Tweed Ceilidh Band, 8pm.
Sunday 3rd August — Culloden Battlefield, 12pm to 3pm.
Friday 8th August — Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Grassroots Stage, noon.
Sunday 10th August — Finale concert at Culloden Battlefield, 2.30pm to 5pm.