McLellan Arts Festival

Tickets for performances can be bought online at, at the Book and Card Shop, Brodick.


A Festival season  ticket which entitles entry to all events except Poetry Workshop. A massive saving for all festival goers (10 paying events).

Festival Programme

Arran Open Studios

A weekend of visits to Arran Artists at work. 

Arran Open Studios kicks off its ambitious summer event with a taster exhibition to be held in the Visit Arran exhibition space. This year several of the participating artists have teamed up with practising island poets who have responded to specific art works. The results of this cross fertilisation will give a flavour of the highly skilled makers and wordsmiths at large on Arran. 

Wendy MacIsaac

Internationally renowned and award winning Cape Breton Fiddler who will have your feet tapping and your heart soaring.

Ricardo Curbelo

Rhythms from South America. An innovative performer of passion and virtuosity.

The Tempest

Durham Shakespeare Group. Interesting and entertaining performance of the bard’s last play in his 400th anniversary year.

David Constantine 

Arran Theatre and Arts presents for the first time on Arran prize winning poet and short story writer, David Constantine

“A poet of rare lyric intensity” (Oxford Companion to Literature)

An Evening with David Constantine: the judge of this year’s McLellan Poetry Competition gives a reading of his own poems and introduces the winners.

Music with Arran Dawn, Arran’s famous harp and whistle duo.

Poetry Workshop

David Constantine Poetry Workshop at Corrie and Sannox Village Hall

Famous Festival Ceilidh

Artists include Tim Pomeroy, The Drambusters, Bif and Tom, Angus Adamson on pipes.  Always a great night of music dancing and food.

McLellan Arts Festival at Corrie Church

Sacred music and service with the talented music students from The Royal Northern College of Music attending this year’s summer school.

Found in Translation

‘Found in Translation’: a panel discussion led by translators David and Helen Constantine with local translators Samantha Payne, David Pendlebury, Ann Bruce and Sheila Templeton.

45 Years 

Award winning film starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay

Based on the short story, In Another Country by David Constantine who will introduce the film.

An Arran Clamjamfry: Memories and Music

McLellan Arts Festival with The Saltire Society

An evening of Arran Memories with John Sillars, passionate Arran man,raconteur and humorist. Music by celebrated Edinburgh duo Various Moons performing the songs of Colin Donati, with Robin Mason’s rich and diverse cello accompaniments, Various Moons flit good-naturedly across a range of musical genres with a consistent and compelling stage presence and performed recently at Celtic Connections. Edinburgh-based duo, Various Moons, comprises poet, songwriter and guitarist, Colin Donati, and jazz-influenced classical cellist, Robin Mason. Colin and Robin’s musical paths first crossed when they collaborated on a number of Benchtours theatre productions in the late 00s. Their first show in their own right was as part of the programme for the Edinburgh Jazz Bar Festival Fringe in 2014. Various Moons have since appeared at various Scottish festivals and literary events, including at the Byre Festival in St Andrews, Steve Kettley’s Click Clack Club, Edinburgh, and at the Anstruther Three Harbours Festival, as well as a return visit to the Fringe. They appeared at this year’s Celtic Connections Festival, in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, as part of the Luath/Greentrax ‘Scotia Nova’ night.

‘In a space somewhere between Tim Buckley and Radiohead’ (Ian McDonough)

‘Like a Scottish Paul Simon on Saturn’ (Calum Ingram)

Altachorvie, Lamlash 8.00pm. Tickets £8. Children and young people at school free

Opera Gala Night 

McLellan Arts Festival with Arran Summer School

A night to remember with the outstanding young musicians from the Royal Northern College

Project Down and The Little Prince

New performances based on Watership Down and The Little Prince  by talented students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Suitable for adults and older children

Oratorio: Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Petite Messe Solennelle with solo performances by the students of Royal Northern College and the McLellan Festival Chorus.

Classic Buskers

McLellan Arts Festival with Arran Music Society

The Classic Buskers’ MINI-CLASSICS programme is drawn mainly from the realm of popular classics, played on improbable instruments at ridiculous speeds. Their repertoire consists mainly of arrangements and derangements of most of the world’s musical masterpieces.