The Skye Swing Jazz Festival is due to begin later this month, preparations for the event are well underway as the isle gets ready to hold the festival for the second year in a row.

"Skye will come alive to the sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s"
“Skye will come alive to the sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s”

Once again Skye will come alive to the sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Recreating the successful formula of last year’s inaugural festival, the opening night will feature the mellow sounds of jazz and swing artists, including Rick Taylor, Mario Caribe, Malcolm Macfarlane, Mario Caribe and Gordon McNeil.

The festival will take place from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November. On Halloween night there will be a screening of horror classic Nosferatu accompanied by Graeme Stephen’s live music score ‘Symphony of Horror’. On Saturday Broadford village hall will be transformed into the Ritz Ballroom of the Blitz era with Big Band ‘Rooty Ma Toot’. Finally on Sunday audiences will be treated to the dizzy tunes of the Stu Brown Septet, whose album was nominated for a top prize.

Audiences are encouraged to embrace the occasion and dress in horror costumes or black and white for Halloween and in 1940s style for the Big Band evening on Saturday.

Pam Allan of FOTS Records, joint organisers with SEALL (Skye Events for All) said ‘So much of the music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s was about creating a great atmosphere to counteract some bleak times so there is a real sense of celebration and good feeling running through the festival. Around 45 of Scotland’s best musicians are coming to Skye and we’ve put a programme together that we think will appeal to people of all ages.”

The second Skye Swing Jazz Festival takes place 30 October to 2 November. Tickets, and further details, for the event are available online or by telephone (01471 844207).

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