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By Features Reporter


September

1 Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman (PG), Eden Court, Inverness – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want as well as a live host and props. www.eden-court.co.uk

1 Grantown Motormania – see 500 specialist vehicles as well as lots of entertainment in the town square with money being raised for charity. www.grantown-motormania.co.uk

1 The Merry Widow (Lehár) – Opera Bohemia, Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer, 7.30pm – set in the romantic city of Paris, various suitors squabble and fight to win the hand of the recently widowed, but very wealthy Hannah Glawari. www.highlifehighland.com/strathpefferpavilion

1 Chamber Notes with Guest Director Marianne Thorsen (violin), Eden Court, Inverness. 7.30pm – join musicians before the concert for a Scottish Ensemble blether. www.eden-court.co.uk

2 Edwin Collins, Ironworks, Inverness. 7pm – with support from Astrid and Lional. www.ironworksvenue.com

Tannara play the Ceilidh Place on September 3.
Tannara play the Ceilidh Place on September 3.

3 Tannara, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com

4 Old Blind Dogs, Universal Hall, Findhorn, 7.30pm – the Scottish folk band bound into their 25th anniversary year with a cracking new album Room with a View. www.universalhall.co.uk

4-7 Red Dust Road, Eden Court, Inverness – drama Based on the soul-searching memoir by Scots Makar Jackie Kay. www.eden-court.co.uk

5 A Button Box Gathering: the Finale, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – brings accordion fans from all across the country. All proceeds go to the Highland Hospice. www.eden-court.co.uk

6 Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, Ironworks, Inverness, 7.30pm – Les brings back all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania. www.ironworksvenue.com

6 Mànran, Fochabers Public Institute, Fochabers, 7.30pm – one of the best-known and best-loved Scottish bands on the scene today.

6-7 Bootstock, Resolis Memorial Hall – annual family-friendly music festival on the Black Isle. www.bootstock.org/festival

Spirit of Speyside: Distilled takes place September 6-7 at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: SPP
Spirit of Speyside: Distilled takes place September 6-7 at Elgin Town Hall. Picture: SPP

6-7 Spirit of Speyside: Distilled, Elgin Town Hall, Elgin – Speyside’s whisky distillers unite under one roof alongside local award-winning brewers, gin crafters and food producers. www.distilled.scot

6-8 Jocktoberfest: Black Isle Brewery, near Munlochy – with an eclectic mix of funk, soul, rock and trad bands to the barn stages for an incredible weekend of beer and music.

6-22 Badenoch Festival, various venues – Badenoch's homegrown festival of culture and heritage. Over 60 events of talks, walks, living history, storytelling, and more. Find on Facebook.

7 Fortrose Community Market, Fortrose Town Hall, 10am-12.30pm.

7 Abba Party Night, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – Abba tribute show. www.eden-court.co.uk

7 Huntly Hairst, the Square, Huntly, 9am-4pm – annual celebration of the food and artisan produce of the North East.

7 An evening with Richard Jobson of The Skids, Ironworks, Inverness, 7pm – plus special guests Bruce and Jamie Watson of Big Country. www.ironworksvenue.com

7 Scottish Historical Fiction Festival 2019, the Pagoda, Grantown on Spey, 10am-4pm – the theme this year is power, politics and a sense of place. Find on Facebook.

7 30 Years of Highland Culture: Harri & Domenic, the Ironworks, Inverness, 11pm – two of the most iconic names in the Scottish dance music scene will be digging deep into their record collection and playing a very rare and special 1989 to present day all night long set. www.ironworksvenue.com

7-8 The Loyal Gordons, Huntly Castle, noon-4pm – meet the Gordons and the royalist defenders. Learn more about weapons and tactics, and get hands on with history. www.historicenvironment.scot/events

7-28 Boundaries, Iona Gallery, Kingussie. Highlife Highland touring exhibition as part of the Flow Photofest. www.theionagallery.co.uk

8 Singing I'm no a Billy he's a Tim 2, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – Scotland’s favourite bigots are back in this hilarious new sequel to Des Dillon’s smash hit comedy. www.eden-court.co.uk

8 Gary Faulds Live, Eden Court, Inverness, 8pm – one of the breakout stars of Scottish Comedy. www.eden-court.co.uk

Kirking of the Council takes place September 8 in Inverness. Picture: SPP
Kirking of the Council takes place September 8 in Inverness. Picture: SPP

8 Kirking of the Council, Town House to Old High Church, Inverness, from 10.30am –a colourful parade and historic tradition which can be traced back some 400 years. www.invernessfestivals.com

9 An Evening with Alice Roberts: Digging into Britain’s Past, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – the anthropologist, author and broadcaster explores Britain’s past with footage from her programmes and excerpts from her books. www.eden-court.co.uk

10 Feis Rois: Kin and the Community, Eden Court, Inverness, 8pm – young musicians explore their cultural heritage and learn new skills in composition, film making, research and ethnology. www.eden-court.co.uk

11 Dornoch Community Markets, Cathedral Green, Dornoch, 9.30am-1pm. www.visitdornoch.com

11 'There's Always the Hills' with Cameron McNeish, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – Cameron reflects on a life dedicated to the outdoors as a mountaineer, author and television presenter. www.eden-court.co.uk

11-14 Nathan Carter and his Band, Eden Court, Inverness – Born for the Road tour plus support. www.eden-court.co.uk

11-14 Blithe Spirit Florians Little Theatre, Inverness, 7.30pm – amateur dramatics group the Florians present an improbable farce by Noël Coward. www.florians.org.uk

12 Rachel Sermanni, Eden Court, Inverness, 8pm – a live performance of her new album as well as some old favourites. www.eden-court.co.uk

13 Teuchter's Comedy Club, The Muir Hub, Muir of Ord – a hilarious night of comedy. https://themuirhub.org

14 My Name Is Irrelevant, The Stables, Cromarty, 9pm – get caught in the web of another mind. www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk

14 Cromarty Community Market, Victoria Hall, Cromarty 11am-2pm.

14 Face The West & Heron Valley, Ironworks, Inverness, 7.30pm –electro Celt and traditional Scottish music. www.ironworksvenue.com

10-15 Nairn Book & Arts Festival – a celebration of literature and the arts in the Highlands. www.nairnfestival.co.uk

11-15 Spirit of Moray Book Festival, Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin –various events including workshops, story-telling and talks. www.moray.gov.uk/moraybookfestival

13-15 Scottish Adventure Travel Film Festival, Brodie Castle, near Forres – showcasing the best travel films of 2019.Book online at www.nts.org.uk

15 Inverness Courier Highland Wedding Fair, Eden Court, Inverness, noon-4pm – find on Facebook.

15 MFR Cash for Kids Car Boot Sale, Mannsfield Showground, Muir of Ord,7am-1pm.

Amelie is at Eden Court, Inverness from September 17-21. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography
Amelie is at Eden Court, Inverness from September 17-21. Picture: Pamela Raith Photography

17-21 Amelie, Eden Court, Inverness – a new musical based on the much loved five-time Oscar-nominated film. www.eden-court.co.uk

20-22 Fiddler of Strathspey Festival, various venues in Grantown and Boat of Garten, Grantown on Spey – a celebration of traditional music with competitions, workshops, sessions, concert and ceilidh, fiddlers' rally and much more. www.fiddlerofstrathspey.co.uk

20-22 Aviemore BIG MIX Festival, Aviemore Village Green, Aviemore, noon – take a measure of gin, add in a splash of scotch whisky, top up with craft beer, add food and serve with a garnish of music, activity, art and crafts. www.aviemorebigmixfestival.co.uk

21 Tain Community Market, Rose Gardens, Tain, 10am-2pm.

21 Opera Highlights, Macphail Centre, Ullapool, 7.30pm – a playlist of operatic classics and must-hear rarities, curated by Scottish Opera’s head of music Derek Clark. www.scottishopera.org.uk

21 Kings of the Blues, Eden Court, Inverness, 8pm – the greatest blues songs from by B.B. King, Albert King and Freddie King. www.eden-court.co.uk

21 Culbokie Community Market, Findon Hall, Culbokie, 10am-12.30pm.

21 I Hate Models, Ironworks, Inverness, 10pm – plus Hypnotic Groove, DZN & VXYX and Josh Ross. www.ironworksvenue.com

21 Wheels of Nairn: a classic and modern vehicle show, Nairn Links, Nairn, 10.30am-3pm.

21 Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente, Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. www.ceilidhplace.com

21-22 Autumn Food and Craft Festival, Brodie Castle, near Forres, 10am –sumptuous foods, beautiful and unique crafts and local musicians. www.nts.org.uk

Ross-shire Journal Wedding Fair is on September 22 at Kincraig Castle Hotel, near Invergordon. Picture: SPP
Ross-shire Journal Wedding Fair is on September 22 at Kincraig Castle Hotel, near Invergordon. Picture: SPP

22 Ross-shire-Journal Wedding Fair, Kincraig Castle Hotel, near Invergordon, noon-4pm – find on Facebook.

22 Rock and Roll Revolution, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – award-winning band The Bluejays take you on a jiving journey through the fabulous fifties. www.eden-court.co.uk

23 Ocean Film Festival World Tour, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – this carefully curated collection of short films showcases the spellbinding power and beauty of our oceans. www.eden-court.co.uk

24 Nashville Live, Eden Court, Inverness, 8pm – transports you through the history of country music. www.eden-court.co.uk

25 James Acaster: COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999, Eden Court, Inverness, 8pm – one of the UK’s finest stand-up comedians. www.eden-court.co.uk

26 Lulu: On Fire Tour, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – at 70 Lulu still has plenty to shout about. www.eden-court.co.uk

27 The Phonics, Ironworks, Inverness, 7.30pm – the UK’s premier Stereophonics tribute band. www.ironworksvenue.com

27 Derek Ryan 2019 Scottish Tour, Eden Court, Inverness, 7.30pm – Irish country music. www.eden-court.co.uk

The final Loopallu takes place on September 27-28. Photo: Steven Gourlay Photography
The final Loopallu takes place on September 27-28. Photo: Steven Gourlay Photography

27-28 Loopallu Music Festival, Ullapool – previous headliners include Paolo Nutini, Mumford and Sons and Franz Ferdinand. Tickets www.loopallu.co.uk

28 Dirty Harry, Victoria Hall, Cromarty, 8pm – the ultimate tribute to Blondie! www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk

28 The Chosen, Universal Hall, Findhorn, 7.30pm – an intensely moving dance piece about dying and embracing the art of living. www.universalhall.co.uk

28 Kongero: Swedish Folk'appella, Eden Court, Inverness – an all-embracing Scandinavian folk music experience. www.eden-court.co.uk

28 Agricultural Working Vintage Rally and Display, Daviot Estate, near Inverness, 10am-4pm – see the evolution of farming over the last 100 years. Includes a Ford and Fordson tractor feature. www.daviotvintage.co.uk

28 Cash for Kids Symphony Orchestra Goes to The Movies, Inverness Cathedral, Inverness, 7.30pm-10pm – an evening of fabulous music from top Hollywood blockbusters brought to you by 60 of the finest musicians from the North of Scotland and beyond.

The cast of Fun Box. Picture: John Young / www.youngmedia.co.uk
The cast of Fun Box. Picture: John Young / www.youngmedia.co.uk

28-29 FUNBOX present THE WILD WEST SHOW, Eden Court, Inverness – get on your cowboy or cowgirl boots for a rootin’ tootin’ hoedown with Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo. www.eden-court.co.uk

28 to October 18 Highland Archaeology Festival, venues across the Highlands – workshops, talks, walks, geocache trail and annual conference. www.highlandarchaeologyfestival.org

29 North Kessock Community Market, North Kessock Hall, 10am-12.30pm.

29 MOON Zero Waste Market, Muir of Ord Village Hall, Muir of Ord, noon-2pm – promoting a more sustainable way of shopping.

29 Aurora Ensemble, The Stables, Cromarty, 4pm – the world premiere of The Sutors Suite by award-winning composer Andy Evans.www.cromartyartstrust.org.uk

30 Mental Health Matters: The Man Behind the Muscle, Eden Court, Inverness, 7pm – an open and honest account of living with mental health problems and the importance of reaching out and asking for help. www.eden-court.co.uk

Every effort has been made to ensure the information in the listings is accurate. Please phone ahead or check the relevant website before travelling to any event.



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