Scotland’s first pedal-powered concert

“Blazin’ Saddles” on Skye

On the 25th June 2011, something unique will take place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig , near Armadale, Isle of Skye.

10 of Scotland’s leading world musicians will join forces with 10 cyclists to create Scotland’s first ever peddle-powered concert. It will be an evening of fun, music and lycra.

With a band made up of incredible musicians, Blazin’ Saddles will not only be a concert of lively traditional folk, jazz, blues and country music, but will test the stamina of the human powered energy machine.

Headed by jazz musician and Peatbog Faerie, Rick Taylor, the line-up includes Tom Bancroft, one of Scotland’s finest percussionists, Al Price, “moothie’ player extraordinaire, The Angus Nicolson Trio, led by Sleat’sbrilliant small-pipes player, with Graeme Stephen, Laura Sillitoe, Michael Ouers, Eilidh Shaw and Anna MacDonald, all of whom are well-known faces on Scottish and international stages.

The setting is the stunning new cliff-top venue in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat on Skye. While the 10 musicians perform inside, 10 cyclists will be hard at work outside, sheltered from the rain but encouraged by the midges, to provide all the power needed, in team relays.

Colin Tonks from BBC’s “The Bicycle Powered House” will supply the generating technology, and Island Cycles, the bicycles. Each bicycle is sponsored by a local or national business. Teams are in training and there will be audience participation.

The idea is the brain-child of Pam Allan, Sleat resident with a background in stage management. Sleat has focused on renewable energy and cycling in recent years, through the Sleat Community Trust’s ‘Clan Sleat’ project and annual bike week. Pam’s Blazin’ Saddles concert is also supported by SEALL, Skye’s community-led arts promoting group, which arranges over 30 events each year.

Blazin’ Saddles – “ The harder they cycle the louder the music!’

The cycling starts at 8pm

Tickets cost £12 adults £9 students £3 children and are available from

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