Getting into the swing of the Skye Jazz Festival

The first Skye Swing Jazz Festival has been declared a success, with planning already underway for next year’s event.

Taking place over four days last week at various locations on the island, the 1940s-themed event was “an absolute blast” from start to finish, said organiser Pam Allan.

“It was just splendid. All the events were well attended, which was amazing – we couldn’t have fitted anyone else into the hall for the Big Band dance on Saturday.”

Among the events taking place were performances by Jambone, the Stu Brown Sextet and the Brian Molley Swing Quartet. Dance lessons were held in the weeks running up to the festival by Lorayne McLucas, which meant those attending knew their jive from their jitterbug at the Rick Taylor Big Band Air Raid Dance in Broadford Hall on Saturday.

The dance was a huge draw, with  a 16-piece band on stage as well as a special performance by the Bevvy Sisters.

Pam said of the dance: “I have never seen so many smiling faces. We were thrilled to see so many folk make an effort with costumes. They were all so glam, and the men got into the spirit too.”

She added that it was hoped to hold the festival again next year, possibly with a 1920s theme, and thanked all the volunteers and supporters who helped make the event a success.

“We have a huge amount of folk to thank — we couldn’t have done it without the volunteers and donations. It is very humbling,” she said.