Plockton pupils to perform at Arctic music festival

Pupils at Plockton’s National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music have been selected to take part in an Arctic music festival later this month.

Organised by UKM Arctic, a branch of the Norwegian youth arts organisation UKM, the festival takes place at Finnsnes in Norway and sees performances from home-grown talent as well as acts from Sweden, Russia and, for the second year running, Scotland.

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Alasdair, Cameron and Tom will perform at the festival in Norway later this month

Following an application process the pipes, whistle and guitar trio of Cameron Sharp of Plockton, Tom Campbell Paine from Lismore and Alasdair MacKenzie of Dingwall – all pupils at the Plockton school – were selected. They will be joined by Gaelic singer Katie Macfarlane from Glasgow and Lochaber fiddle, guitar and song duo Lauren Byrne and Hannah MacRae.

Producer Charlotte Hathaway will lead the group on their visit to the festival, with support from the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, Aberdeen International Youth Festival and UKM Arctic. She said: “The idea is to meet musicians from other countries, play together, and have experience performing on an international stage.”

The festival takes place from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th April.