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Gig-Guide 2017





- April-


11th April
 Ella Munro
Ella Munro is a young singer hailing from the Isle of Skye. Ella’s passion for both traditional and contemporary music can be seen in her varied repertoire of Scots songs by the likes of Dick Gaughan and Adam MacNaughton (to name but a few) to her self-penned songs, rapidly gaining awareness in the folk scene.

18th April
"Hungrytown are a throwback, but in a good way.  They play what used to be called American folk music, folk music without the frills, folk with predominantly Irish and Scottish influences, but which nowadays would be filed under 'Americana'.  Had they been around in the 1960s, you could imagine husband and wife duo, Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall, packing them into Greenwich Village clubs and coffee houses.  There's a simple, unadorned majesty to their songs that vividly recalls this era." David Burke - Rock 'n' Reel (UK)

25th April
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
Cathryn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee's Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python. "They catch a mood that could produce goosebumps on sheet metal (The Glasgow Herald)


- May-

2nd May
Jonny Hardie & Jenny Sturgeon
“Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill" R2 Magazine. The inspiration for Jenny's lyrics comes from folklore, historical events and personal experience, and having trained as a biologist her enthusiasm for nature creeps in to all her work. Jonny Hardie was brought up in Aberdeenshire - an area of Scotland culturally rich in ballads and fiddle tunes and is a founder member of Old Blind Dogs.

9th May
Flossie Malavialle
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song”    Colum Sands
 “Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”   Vin Garbutt

16th May
Jez Lowe
A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks
23rd May
 Pete Morton
Pete sings from the heart, delivering songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from a very unique perspective. With a passionate, strong voice and strident guitar style, traditional songs often rub shoulders with Pete's current writing with remarkable ease. His songs are an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment, wrapping their way around the folk tradition.

30th May
Dan McKinnon
Dan hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian Maritimes, an area rich in the musical and cultural traditions of the North Atlantic. His warm baritone voice, superb guitar arrangements and original compositions have won him widespread praise. Dan's thoughtful compositions and smooth melodies cover the entire folk spectrum, with themes traditional, historical, contemporary and universal.


- June-

6th June
 James Hickman & Dan Cassidy          
A transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain.
Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling.
Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

13th June
Steve Hicks & Lynn Goulbourn
Steve Hicks is one of the UK’s leading exponents of finger style guitar. Drawing on an astonishing repertoire that encompasses Classical, Celtic, Ragtime, Blues and Folk styles, he delivers material with technical skill, astute artistic integrity and a natural sense of what it means to entertain. Lynn Goulbourn is an outstanding vocalist who can handle everything from the most demanding traditional songs or jazz standards to the gentlest of lullabies, in addition to providing subtle harmonies.

20th June
Real Time
REAL TIME are a Scottish Borders based band formed in 2002 by Kenny Speirs (guitar/vocals) and Tom Roseburgh (keyboards). With Eilidh Grant (vocals/bodhran) and Danny Hart(fiddle). Their repertoire includes not only many songs and tunes from both sides of the border but also contemporary and self-penned material, and to date they have released several albums to wide critical acclaim.

27th June
Bringing fresh life to the best of the tradition, Nicole Murray, John Thompson and Emma Nixon have carved themselves a niche internationally as outstanding performers of acoustic folk music. With vocal harmonies reminiscent of Steeleye Span and the Seekers, powerful arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world, Cloudstreet’s exciting performances entertain and delight. They deliver a powerful and moving musical experience, based on entrancing musicality, stunning use of vocal harmony and above all, a compelling sense of fun.


- July-

4th July
Jed Grimes
Described by some as the North East’s secret weapon, Jed Grimes is a singer, guitarist and arranger of some quality. He was part of the renowned Hedgehog Pie which developed as part of the flourishing folk scene in the North East in the ‘70s. Jed then moved on to be a member of the successful Doonan Family. Jed then formed a six-piece band called The Hush which went on to be nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award with their acclaimed album Dark To The Sky.

11th July
Bob Fox
Bob Fox is one of the most highly respected folk musicians to come out of the north-east of England. Evoking the lives of miners, fishermen, oil-rig workers and other workers in song, Bob good-humouredly and thoughtfully narrates both tragic and comic stories accompanied by superb musicianship. Between 2011 and 2015 Bob took the role of Song Man in The National Theatre’s production of War Horse in London and on its UK and international tours. 

18th July
Barbara Dymock with Chris Marra
Barbara and Christopher are a pair with many and varied musical collaborations behind them and a vast experience of performing. On stage their shows have been described by the Herald as “a musically enjoyable, mischievously entertaining performance from a well-matched duo”. Barbara is one of the finest Scottish revival singers and one of the Scottish folk scene’s best voices that’s equally convincing and engaging whether singing quieter, more persuasive songs or rambunctious tales.  Chris has been a musician since his teens, working in many distinct fields from bighair rock to sophisticated pop with Danny Wilson. The majority of his time was spent recording and performing with his brother Michael Marra and producing his albums.

25th July
Pauline Alexander & Sandy Stanage
Pauline Alexander is one of Scotland's finest singers who hails from the East End of Glasgow.  Her beautiful vocals are reminiscent of Sandy Denny with their easy on the ear and centred style.   Performing as part of an acoustic duo with the founding member of Kentigern and fine virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist; Sandy Stanage.


- August-

1st August
Maeve Mackinnon & Fiona Hunter
Maeve Mackinnon’s  repertoire spans Gaelic and English-language material, both traditional and contemporary, she’s won acclaim equally for the eloquent emotional connection she forges with every song, communicated in a bewitchingly honeyed, husky yet vibrantly earthy voice, and for her music’s dynamic interplay of boldness and sensitivity. Fiona Hunter is one of Scotland’s foremost traditional singers and is fast garnering a reputation as a highly gifted song interpreter and has been singing as part of renowned folk song group Malinky for the best part of a decade. Together they share and intertwine the Scots & Gaelic language, repertoire, melody and themes in order to disperse the “invisible barrier” that so often exists between the two languages.

8th August
Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman
Brendan is a brilliant fiddle player from Derry. He is also the winner of Live Ireland's Musician of the year. Jonny is a great guitarist and banjo player from Lurgan. An immensely talented duo, the music is an absolute joy to hear. Add great warmth of character, a dose of Derry humour and we have another superb night not to be missed.

15th August
 Winter Wilson
With 6 critically-acclaimed albums to their name, Winter Wilson are known across the UK acoustic music scene for their fine original songs, stunning harmonies and off-the-wall humour. Cutting Free, their latest album, has been selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of its top folk albums of 2014, adding to the duo's reputation as great entertainers. Kip Winter’s voice is simply one of the best in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the best on the English acoustic scene, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats” including Vin Garbutt. Add to this a mellow, relaxed singing style and some mean guitar playing. Put these two together and you get great songs, beautifully sung and much laughter – a performance guaranteed to deliver superb entertainment.

22nd August
Jim Malcolm
Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

29th August
Claude Bourbon
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.


- September-

5th September
 The Quiggs
The Quiggs” are the new husband and wife duo that has emerged on to the Scottish folk scene. Stephen Quigg is a long established folksinger and former member of the legendary band “The McCalmans” and Pernille Quigg, originally from Denmark, is a folksinger and songwriter. Together they comprise “The Quiggs”. Stephen and Pernille share a common feeling for the tradition of folksong and both know a good song when they hear it. A concert with The Quiggs is a chance to hear folksong in its simple, yet highly expressive form, including beautiful harmonies and songs that seek the audience's participation.

12th September
Tannahill Weavers
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts.

19th September
Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan
2017 sees Emily and Jamie celebrate 15 years of making music together. Their anniversary tour showcases newly written songs, paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years. With Emily’s beautiful voice and the couple’s sumptuous harmonies layered over sizzling double guitars, fiddle and accordion. 

26th September
Eileen McGann
Known for her clear, beautiful voice, powerful and literate songwriting as well as her rich interpretations of the songs of the Celtic traditions, Eileen McGann has been called "a Canadian national treasure".


- October-

3rd October
Jesse Terry
Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Home is now the coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut, but Terry’s music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

10th October
Robin Laing
Robin Laing is one of Scotland's leading musicians. His albums have established him as a major force in songwriting. He is also a fine singer of traditional song.

17th October
Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson

A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women.Shannon Johnson began studying violin at the age of three and quickly demonstrated an exceptional ability. She has won classical violin and fiddling awards at national and international levels.

24th October
 Mark Dunlop
Mark is a member of Malinky and has also recorded with American bluegrass singer Tim O'Brien, Karine Polwart, Cantrip, and on Fred Freeman's Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill.
Hailing from Antrim, Mark’s roots are in Ulster song and has released a solo cd entitled “Islands on the Moon”.

31st October
 Iona Fyfe Band
The Iona Fyfe Band encapsulate the essence of North East Folksong Tradition. Fronted by BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 Semi-Finalist, Iona Fyfe, the band showcases the rich wealth of Aberdeenshire folksong in a contemporary yet sympathetic way. From ballads to tune sets, the band bring to life songs of literary collections such as Greig-Duncan and put a unique mark on peculiar folksongs alike. Hailing from Aberdeenshire, Iona has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers.


- November-

7th November
 Mike Silver
Witness Mike Silver singing live or on record, and you can immediately tell that here is an artist whose voice, musicianship and song-writing talents have been honed over a rich and well-lived lifetime. His easy rapport with his audiences, his endless fund of stories, plus his finely wrought songs of experience, observation and wisdom all bespeak a life-story worth many more songs and stories to come.

14th November

21st November
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Alan (vocals, piano, accordion, guitar) and Rob (vocals, guitar) perform modern and traditional folk. Alan recorded almost 30 albums with world renowned Battlefield Band. Alan’ songs are noted for their story telling element, lyricism and strong melody. Rob is a highly respected tasteful guitarist and a fine singer. He has lent his ears to the Battlefield Band for the past 13 years as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work. The duo combines fine harmony singing with sensitive and imaginative accompaniments, the very highest quality in contemporary folk.

28th November
Barluath are a diverse and innovative Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America. The band includes Scots and Gaelic song, highland and border bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, piano, guitar and step-dance.


- December-

5th December
Gnoss mix highly-stylistic original compositions, traditional tunes, and delicately arranged folk songs, to create a lively, engaging, and honest performance. Their sound is a warm blend of acoustic influences, steeped in Orcadian tradition.



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