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Jura Music Festival: The small festival with the big experience

Jura Music Festival: The small festival with the big experience
The wild and rugged Hebridean island of Jura is home to 6000 deer, 200 people and one music festival. But what a festival it is! Now in its 24th year, the Jura Music Festival attracts some of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and is a firm favourite on the festival calendar. From the Friday night ceilidh right through to the Sunday night concert in Jura Distillery, this is a foot-stomping, hip-swaying weekend for lovers of traditional music.

As well as the concerts and ceilidhs, you can expect plenty of impromptu sessions in the Jura hotel, great craic and west coast bonhomie. And to top it all off, it all takes place in a beautiful, remote island setting. How’s that for a big experience? Take our word for it, the Jura Music Festival should definitely be on your 2017 music festival list.

THE CONCERTS

Village Hall Concert & Ceilidh
Saturday night sees some of Scotland’s finest young folk musicians come together for an evening concert and ceilidh in the Village Hall. The concert will be headlined by the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalists. This will be a real treat for traditional music lovers, with 2016 Young Traditional Musician of the Year winner Mohsen Amini on concertina, Hannah MacRae on fiddle, Jessica Burton on clarsach, Murray Willis on accordion and more. Talisk, one of the fastest rising bands on the British folk scene and winner of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, will also be appearing. Their captivating and dynamic sound has earned them multiple awards. Finally, Argyll band Heron Valley will wow the crowd with their energy-fuelled traditional Scottish music – with a modern twist!

Tickets for the concert and ceilidh combined are £25. You can pay £7 on the door for the ceilidh.

Saturday Night Big Marquee
Head to the Big Marquee to dance the night away to Rock-o-Malt and The Fold. The Fold is renowned for its floor-filling music. Expect some classic folk-rock belters in the set, as well as fiddle tunes, plus a sprinkling of dance music, funk and Americana. Tickets are £10 on the door.

Sunday Night Cooperage Concert
Round off an incredible weekend of music with this very special concert held in the Jura Distillery. The line-up includes Hò-rò, an up-and-coming young band hailing from the Highlands. Its unique blend of Scottish music isn't to be missed. The energetic tune arrangements and Gaelic songs along with fiery traditional and original tunes are guaranteed to have you up and dancing. Tide Lines will also take to the stage. Heavily influenced by the traditional music of the Scottish islands, its eclectic sound is driven by guitars, drums and keyboards. Tickets are £15.

Where to stay
Accommodation on the island does get full over the festival weekend, so make sure you book well in advance. There are self-catering cottages and friendly B&Bs to choose from, as well as the lovely Jura Hotel. You can also camp in the field at the Jura Hotel.

Discover Jura
Jura is a fabulous island to explore. The island’s distinctive peaks, the Paps of Jura, offer fantastic hillwalking, and intrepid hikers can explore the uninhabited – and otherwise inaccessible – west coast. One thing you’ll definitely see is red deer. These magnificent creatures, Britain’s largest land mammals, are everywhere. If you don’t bring your own car, the best option for experiencing Jura is a tour with Jura Island Tours. And if you’ve come to Jura directly from the mainland, you’re almost within touching distance of neighbouring Islay. Hop on the ferry and you’ll reach this beautiful island in just ten minutes.

Getting to Jura
To get to the Jura, you can either first head to Islay. The ferry runs from Port Askaig on Islay to Feolin on Jura. The other option is to catch the Jura Passenger Ferry from Tayvallich in mid Argyll directly to Craighouse on Jura. Vehicles are not accommodated on this route. Extra sailings are put on during the Jura festival.

Find out more about things to see and do on Islay, Jura & Colonsay.

Photo courtesy of Jura Distillery
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