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Festival Interceltique de Lorient

Fèis Rois has twice hosted the Scotland Pavilion at the acclaimed Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany. The festival, which attracts an audience of 750,000, is widely regarded as Europe’s largest Celtic music festival.

Running alongside the main festival, is a large area in the city of Lorient where each of the Celtic nations showcases emerging talent in a series of marquees.This is a unique opportunity for up and coming bands, including our Ceilidh Trail, to perform on an international platform and to meet their peers from other Celtic nations. As well as giving European audiences the opportunity to hear high quality Scottish traditional music and the Gaelic language, it has been exciting to see new collaborations and opportunities arise since Fèis Rois first led on the Scotland Pavilion at Lorient.

In 2019, six Scottish musicians performed alongside six Breton musicians in a brand new collaboration organised by Fèis Rois in partnership with Festival Interceltique de Lorient. Gaelic song trio, Sian, featuring Eilidh Cormack, Ellen MacDonald and Ceitlin Lilidh, worked with three female Breton singers to come up with material for a shared performance in Lorient, accompanied by renowned musicians from Brittany and Scotland to form a 12-piece band, including Duncan Chisholm, Jarlath Henderson and James Ross.