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This page covers the whole spectrum of entertainment available close to your holiday accommodation at Shenval organic B&B, near Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland.  Along with Highland culture and heritage events, music (Blas Festival,  Blazin' in Beauly, contemporary, Scottish, traditional, Celtic, fiddle workshops, jazz), theatre, dance, craft workshops, archaeology festival and exhibitions are detailed below. More specific events like Highland Games are listed in the column to the left , while outdoor events such as guided walks, walking festivals, duathlons, marathons and fun runs can be found in the left column too.

Of course large venues like Eden Court in Inverness,  half an hour's drive from Shenval B&B, have the financial clout to attract the biggest names of international entertainment in fields as diverse as opera, ballet, dance, theatre, comedy, drama, visual arts, classical music, jazz and traditional music, some of which we highlight here, every now and then.

More modest places like The Ironworks and Hootananny in Inverness are more specialised in folk, blues, rock/blue grass and world music.
But most of all we prefer to give even more modest venues in nearby villages like those in Drumnadrochit, Beauly or Strathpeffer the chance to promote well-known and less well-known artists who provide valued entertainment opportunities in remote countryside. Indeed, there is fun, culture and entertainment well beyond the boundaries of the Highland capital!

Also always worth having a look at are the Beauly Gallery and the Kilmorack Gallery, close to each other and only 25mns drive from Shenval B&B,  while the Inchmore Gallery can easily be found on the road from Beauly to Inverness.

Sunday 19th, close to Shenval B&B, Scots traditional musicians Ewan MacPherson (mandolin), Alasdair White (fiddle) and Aaron Jones (bouzouki/guitar),  will play at 4pm, Glenurquhart Hall, Drumnadrochit by Loch Ness.They'll be featuring tracks from Ewan's self-penned solo album, "Fetch", released last November. Sample the music HERE

Monday 6th, Blazin' Fiddles comes near Shenval B&B,with their fiery blend of Scots traditional fiddle music at 7.30pm at he Craigmonie Centre, in Drumnadrochit by Loch Ness.

The Blas festival returns to the Highlands for its 13th year with concerts and performances throughout Highland Region and celebrates the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. Blas has  become a major music and cultural showcase for a wide range of audiences beyond just Gaelic.
Blas  attracts festival-goers because of its authentic cultural identity. Below is a selection of festival performances held not far from Shenval B&B.

Friday 1st, 8.00pm at North Kessock Hall, Family Cèilidh with The Robert Nairn Cèilidh Band and James Graham, part of the Blas Festival

Saturday 2nd, at 8pm The Ironworks, Inverness, play hosts to popular turbo charged folk group Skipinnish.

Saturday 2nd, as part of the Blas Festival, the Raigmore Recreation Hall, Inverness, welcomes a Family Cèilidh with Amy Henderson from 2pm.

Sunday 3rd, Gaelic Songs of Praise at St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness from 8pm featuring Dingwall Gaelic Choir, Inverness Gaelic Choir and Sian, a young very talented trio.

Tuesday 5th, Eden Court, Inverness, at 7.30pm sees ‘The Seer’, a Fèis Rois commission, a new suite of music written by Lauren MacColl based on the life and prophecies of our most renowned Highland prophet - The Brahan Seer (Coinneach Odhar). A stellar Highland cast play Lauren’s music alongside her - Megan Henderson (fiddle, piano, vocals), Rachel Newton (vocals, clàrsach, viola), Mairearad Green (accordion, border pipes), Anna Massie (guitar) and James Mackintosh (percussion) accompanied by a backdrop of images by Somhairle MacDonald.

Thursday 7th, Skerryvore, Scottish Traditional Music Live Act of 2016 (and 2011), bring their high octane, ‘Live Forever,’ at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness at 7.30pm along with Sharon Shannon who brings her virtuoso accordion talents to the stage accompanied by Alan Connor.

Thursday 7th, a flavour of the Hebrides can be sampled at the Waterside Hotel, Inverness, at 3pm, with "Sounds of Stornoway" and "Rythms of the Hebrides"

Friday 8th, at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, at 7.30pm, tribute will be paid to William Matheson, an avid collector of traditional gaelic songs and music, a tiny sample of which will be performed by Allan Macdonald, Rachel Walker, Christine Primrose and Ross Wilson.

Saturday 9th, at 7.30, Millburn Academy, Inverness, will be the place to be to enjoy the 25th Anniversary concert of Fèis na h-Òige (Highland Youth Music), where Gaelic speaking youths from 8 to 18 years old learn and develop skills in traditional music, song, dance and art.

Saturday 7thCannich Village Hall,  7:30pm, an evening of songs, stories, poems and readings with local man Iain Scally, AKA Grumpy, in aid of local charity Glenurquhart Care Project.

Sunday 8th – Friday 13th , THE fiddle event in the UK, Blazin' in Beauly appears for its 17th year 20 mns from Shenval B&B. Renowned Scottish traditional music band Blazin’ Fiddles host a wonderful week of tuition, concerts, ceilidhs and craic, welcoming thousands of folk to the little town of Beauly in the Highlands of Scotland. Tuition given in fiddle, guitar and pîano by members of the band along with guests tutors from Shetland, Perth and the Isle of Skye. All topped up with concerts on Monday 9th, Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th, the latter with a final Ceilidh dance.

Sunday 24th, Glenurquhart Public Hall,  minutes from Shenval B&B,  welcomes a traditional music concert with fiddler Eilidh Shaw, and guitarist Ross Martin.  Mainstay of the Poozies, Eilidh Shaw is one of the most respected fiddle players around at the moment, while Ross Martin is the genial guitar presence who underpins the mighty Daimh. Together, they're dynamite...and now's your chance to see and hear them. And buy their CD, Birl-esque, hot off the presses! Doors open at 3.30pm, concert starts 4pm. Afternoon tea in the interval, included in the ticket price
Tickets £10 adults, £3 under 18s. More info? Call 01456 450528

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