Islay Festival Diary Sunday 24 May 2009

Sunday the 24th Bruichladdich Distillery’s Open Day today, and while the legendary Bruichladdich Day’s sunny weather didn’t arrive until late afternoon, the rain stayed away and a sociable, fun afternoon was had by the many who attended. Lively music and dance performances were given in the distillery square by Islay Pipe band, Maverick Angels, Contraband and Ella Edgar’s dancers, and the crowd enjoyed the delightful singing of Norma Munro and entertaining songs from Robin Laing, in his only appearance at this year’s Feis Ile. Jim McEwan gave two sessions of his famous tastings Masterclasses, to tremendous interest and enjoyment of the many who attended; especially those who long to be ‘warriors’!

Robin Laing and Ian MacIlwain launched and signed their new books; Robin Laing brought his latest book, “The Whisky Legends of Islay” and Ian MacIlwain his recently published “Bottled History”. Sunday night was rounded off with the popular ‘Clootie Dumpling Ceilidh’, where great fun was had, dancing to Islay’s well known Accordion & Fiddle Band and listening to superb local musical talent. The ceilidh’s supper gave the chance to sample some fine home-made dumpling, made by Annie and Kate. This evening, Friends of Laphroaig Distillery opened their new Friends of Laphroaig Museum at a private function for members. During the day, Open Bowling was available at Port Ellen’s green, and a guided walk was given, taking participants to the American Monument and the RSPB’s reserve on the Oa.

Carl Reavey, editor of the Ileach uploaded a video from last Saturday, the opening of the festival at Lagavulin Distillery.

Lagavulin Open Day 23rd May from ileach newspaper on Vimeo.

Text by Susan Campbell - Image Jim McEwan Islay Festival 2006

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