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Shot in the arm to Crieff Highland Gathering is latest community boost by Crieff Succeeds BID

The Crieff Succeeds BID is continuing its support of local community events with a £3,000 shot in the arm for the Crieff Highland Gathering, which takes place this Sunday 21st August.

The grant money issued by Crieff Succeeds BID, which will contribute to funding the pipe bands who are appearing at Sunday’s event, is the latest in a £10,000 payout this year by the town’s new business development organisation and a planned £80,000 in community event and business grants over the next five years.

This year alone has seen Crieff Succeeds BID award £3000 to Crieff Science Festival and almost £2000 to Kids’ Week, which took place in Crieff last month. As well as supporting Crieff Highland Gathering, Crieff BID plans to donate £2,200 to the Crieff Arts Festival, £610 to Crieff Hogmanay and £100 to Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival.

Alan Rankin, project leader at Crieff Succeeds BID, said the organisation welcomed more applications:

“Crieff Succeeds BID is all about promoting Crieff to new audiences across Scotland and putting our town and all it has to offer in the spotlight. We’re delighted to see our grant money being put to good use this weekend to support Crieff Highland Gathering and we welcome applications from more events and businesses who are doing good things for Crieff.”

Those wishing to submit an application should email alan.crieffsucceeds@gmail.com.

Top bands announced for 2016 Crieff Highland Gathering

Organisers have announced a thrilling line-up of some of the UK’s favourite traditional music acts to play the Glenturret Music Tent at this year’s Crieff Highland Gathering, taking place on Sunday 21st August 2016.

One of the UK’s best folk bands, Breabach, twice nominated ‘Best Band’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, are set to hit the stage for an electric performance of unique and contemporary folk music. Also on the line-up is Scottish-Gaelic band Skipinnish. The five-piece, who come from the Highlands and Islands, have been entertaining crowds for over 15 years and are sure to have the crowds on their feet with an exciting mix of traditional Highland music with a contemporary twist.

Joining them is one of America’s most sought-after Celtic singers, Charlie Zahm, to bring a little Philadelphia charm to the Crieff Highland Gathering. As one of the few singers in the world to be invited to sing live with Scotland’s Black Watch twice, he completes the line-up of fantastic live entertainment at Crieff’s biggest annual event. Charlie commented:

“I’m very excited to be able to sing the great songs of Scotland for the Scots at the Crieff Highland Gathering. It’ll be a great day and I’m so happy that I have been invited all the way from America to perform!”

The Glenturret Music Tent is a collaboration with Crieff’s Glenturret Distillery, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, and was a new addition to last year’s games. It brings together a collection of some of the best traditional bands in the country to entertain crowds and was a huge success at last year’s Gathering.

Ian Stewart, Chairman of Crieff Highland Gathering commented:

“We’ve managed to secure a fantastic line-up for this year’s Glenturret Music Tent, who will all bring a great atmosphere to the Games. To have not one, but three amazing live acts playing at this year’s Crieff Highland Gathering is a real treat and we know that everyone will love Breabach, Skippinish and Charlie Zahm.

Ian continued:

“There’s only one place to see all these acts in one place and that is at this year’s Crieff Highland Gathering – it’s definitely not to missed!”

Organisers recently announced that PGA Chairman David Murchie is to be this year’s Chieftain and will bring with him The Ryder Cup, most likely its last visit to Perthshire before the 2016 tournament in the US, for visitors to catch a glimpse of!

For more information and to buy tickets for this year’s Crieff Highland Gathering visit the website http://www.crieffhighlandgathering.com/

Golf pro David Murchie named as Chieftain of Crieff Highland Gathering

Golf professional and Crieff resident David Murchie has been named as the Chieftain for the 2016 Crieff Highland Gathering.

David, the Golf Professional for Crieff Golf Club and current Chairman of the PGA, said he was “bowled over” at being asked to head up the annual event, to take place on Sunday 21st August.

A resident of Crieff since 1980 and a long-time ambassador for the Perthshire town, David was born and raised in Auchterarder. After working in local government he became a professional golfer. He has been Head PGA Professional at Crieff Golf Club since 1989. He is midway through a four-year stint as Chairman of the PGA, is former Captain of the PGA in Scotland, and is on the Board of the Ryder Cup Ltd.

David Murchie commented:

“To get this accolade for someone who comes from Auchterarder is really quite something! The Crieff Highland Gathering is a big part of what happens in the summer in Crieff. I know how passionate the locals are about it. You can tell when it’s coming up to the gathering because there’s a buzz in the town in the run-up to it. This event is exactly what it says – a gathering. It’s a meeting of people, and the term gather is a very apt one in that respect.”

Dating back to 1870, Crieff Highland Games is one of Scotland’s longest-running games. Last year, thousands of locals and tourists took to the streets of Crieff to enjoy pipe bands marching past the Square in Crieff, before gathering at the natural amphitheatre in The Market Park for bands, Highland dancing and the traditional Highland Games.

Some of David’s earliest memories are of attending Blackford Highland Games as a young child. He has paid many visits to Crieff Highland Games with his wife Fiona and two children, who are now grown up. His favourite event to watch is tossing the caber. “It’s such a significantly Scottish thing,” he said of the caber event.

Ian Stewart, Chairman of Crieff Highland Gathering, said:

“David has not only been a long-standing servant and friend to the golfing fraternity in Crieff, but has been a real ambassador to the town itself over the last 30 plus years. He deserves this recognition. We at Crieff Highland Games are absolutely delighted that he has accepted our invitation to be Chieftain for 2016.”

For more information about Crieff Highland Gathering visit the website http://www.crieffhighlandgathering.com/

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