‘Where the Music Meets the Ocean’ that’s the strapline for Tiree Music Festival 2022. Surely there can be no other UK Music Festival so close to the sea. Just across the single track road from the festival site, the family campsite is almost on the shore and in the bay yachts sat anchor.
You could be forgiven for thinking that there was a conspiracy against the Festival. For two years the annual event had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. The Big Top could not be erected as there were no specialist staff to erect it. Low cloud and mist hung over the island for most of the preceding week leading to the cancellation of several flights. The main starboard engine of the MV Clansman required an urgent repair and this resulted in the ferry being withdrawn from service on the Saturday morning.
Trying yes! But all was not lost! A Saddlespan Stage was sourced from Nevis Range in Fort William and this allowed the festival to go ahead. At short notice CalMac redeployed the MV Isle of Mull to stand in for the MV Clansman and by the Saturday afternoon the MV Clansman was back in service. Not even the mist could dampen spirits.
Once again the festival organisers invited the band ‘Celtic Worship’ to host the Sunday Service on site – a fact much appreciated by the Church on Tiree. Festival goers and island residents are all welcome. The organisers and their team do everything to facilitate this very special event.
Celtic Worship is a collective of some of Scotland’s most talented folk musicians who approach worship from a unique standpoint, blending traditional and contemporary Christian music with the sounds of their native roots.Their mission is to combine their artistry as professional musicians with their deep love of Jesus and passion for sharing it through meaningful music.
We arrived at the festival site on the Sunday morning around 11:00am to the sounds of the island based Cornaig Ceilidh Band and the sight of traditional Scottish dancing. Queues were already forming at the catering outlets. The mist persisted, rolling in and out, but the sun was trying to burn its way through.
At noon Celtic Worship were welcomed on to the Saddlespan Stage by Simon Jeffrey who represented the Church on Tiree. Festival goers and island residents were gathered in from of the stage and together joined in praise. The band are most certainly gifted and professional, but they direct the praise to the living God and his Son Jesus Christ.
TMF is a very special event in the festival season. Here on the Island of Tiree is the place ‘Where the Music Meets the Ocean’. Sunday at noon was a reminder that the living, loving God wants to meet with us whether we are on an island or on the Mainland, indeed wherever we are.
Thank you TMF.
Thank you Celtic Worship.
And for a favour of the session watch the video
This is ‘Life on Tiree‘