Inverness music – Fairport Convention at Eden Court

Iconic folk favourites Fairport Convention will be appearing at the Empire Theatre at Eden Court in Inverness on Monday 1 March.

Renowned as one of the best bands on the live music circuit this promises to be a great gig.

The band recently won a BBC Lifetime Achievement award, and their ground breaking album Liege and Lief was voted by Radio 2 listeners as “The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time”.

For those from out of town who will be attending the concert, the Inverness Guest House Association can offer a fine selection of the best B&B Inverness accommodation. Check out our Inverness bed and breakfast association members’ listings on our page of best Inverness guest house accommodation.

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The best pubs in Inverness – real ale and good music in the Highland capital

There are 3 really great pubs in Inverness city centre.

Hootannany on Church Street (serial winner of Inverness pub of the year) has live music in 3 bars every night of the week. The Ceilidh Bar on the ground floor has traditional folk and blues, Madhatters (upstairs) has alternative/rock, and the Bothy Bar has acoustic music. With Thai food (available in the Ceilidh Bar until 9 pm) and beer from the Black Isle Brewery, this makes for a great combination.

on Academy Street dates back to 1783 and is a traditional and unspoilt pub, offering a great selection of award winning cask ales (and features in the Good Beer Guide 2009) and excellent pub grub (available from 11 am to 9 pm daily). Blackfriars is also a great live music venue : “Traditional, folk, country, jazz, big band, rock and blues… something for every musical taste.”

The Castle Tavern, opposite Inverness Castle and overlooking the River Ness, is also a real ale pub with a great atmosphere. On sunny afternoons and evenings the attractive terrace is very popular, while the cosy bar downstairs and the upstairs restaurant (with great views, and serving food from 12 till 10 pm) also have a great buzz. The Castle Tavern hosts a real ale festival every September (along with another excellent pub, the Clachnaharry Inn, on the outskirts of town overlooking the Beauly Firth)

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2009 Ceilidh Trail – traditional music in Inverness

The Caledonian Canal Ceilidh Trail is an annual event in the Inverness area, running for 4 weeks from mid July, and showcasing local musicians performing traditional song, dance and music in various locations round the area. Most events are free, and some include Loch Ness boat trips with Jacobite Cruises – check the programme for more details. On Mondays from 4 until 5pm informal music sessions are taking place at Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness.

The Ceilidh Trail culminates with the Tartan Heart Festival at Belladrum, Beauly, on 7 and 8 August.

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