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URGENT Call to Scottish Gaelic musicians with an interest in being part of an exciting international touring project.

TOSTA –  Tosta is a collaboration project between cultural agents in several minority language communities of Europe’s Atlantic coast, which will also serve as one of the travelling embassies of Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture. The project combines the promotion of artistic creation, the celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity and the balanced management of local languages in an international project.

The sending out of a ‘cultural cargo’ in the shape of sea containers will be the excuse for mapping out an itinerary that will stop at the participating communities, where a 2-3 day festival will be held to highlight linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe and spread the values of San Sebastian 2016.

The word ‘tosta’ means the bench in a boat, and is a word that is present, with small variations, in many minority languages along the European Atlantic coast.

Criteria: an experienced instumentalist (preferably fiddle or accordian player, but open to other instrumentalists) who are also able to sing in Gaelic.  

The TOSTA band will be made up from various musicians/singers (11 in total) a core of 4 Basque musicians and one from each of the other 6 minority language countries taking part: Scotland, Fryslan, Galicia, Cornwall, Wales & Ireland.

Fees: 400 Euros (£318) per concert + rehearsal  fees,  travel , accommodation, food expenses


A list of the dates (+ festivals and Countries):

Rehearsals 28/04 – 30/04/16  Dingle


01/05 Féile na Bealtaine, An Daingean, Ireland

18/06 Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Cornwall

25/06 Ceredigion, Teatr Felinfach, Wales

06/07 TOSTA @ Fèis an Eilean, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

03/09 Dokkum fest, Dokkum, Fryslan

17/09 Rock in Rian-Festas da Guadalupe, Rianxo, Galicia

24/09 Atlantikaldia, Errenteria, The Basque Country



Kath NicLeòid, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Igor Otxoa , Artistic Director, direct at : 

or Arantza, production  at


TOSTA Band Diversity Orchestra Singers

Mixel Ducau – Music Director

Igor Otxoa – Artistic Director


TOSTA Website –

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