The Gathering Festival in Inverness was another delight for music lovers with an eclectic mix of traditional music and  wonderful food and drink.

Nestled amidst the natural beauty of Inverness in the Northern Meeting Park this year’s festival was largely dry and sunny apart from a mid-afternoon downpour.  But what did you expect at a Scottish festival?

The event was officially opened by the Inverness youth Pipe Band and from then on the main stage ran back to back with vibrant performances from the likes of  Torridon with their energetic folk-rock sound and the brilliant Talisk who delivered an exhilarating performance with frenzied jigs.  Hò-rò fused traditional Gaelic music with contemporary influences making them a rising force in the Scottish music scene.

Edinburgh based Shooglenifty delivered a whirlwind of musical brilliance. Their seamless fusion of traditional and contemporary sounds had the audience entranced from start to finish.  The Red Hot Chilli Pipers delivered a high-energy  performance combining bagpipes, rock music, and a charismatic stage presence captivating the audience from the first note.

This year’s headliners Tide Lines brought the Gathering 2023 to a close with a soul-stirring experience. The Glasgow based band with their blend of folk, rock, and Gaelic influences created an atmosphere filled with emotion and energy.

The line on the main stage also included emerging six-piece from Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Beinn Lee and Hannah Rarity; BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018.

Over on the Tomatin Stage there was a chance to “Meet The Maker” where brewers and distillers such as Dog Falls, Black Isle, Tomatin and Badachro showcased their drinks and the brilliant Amy Henderson led a series of ceilidh dances.

The Gathering will return to Inverness on Saturday 1st June 2024.

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