Killin Music Festival 17th – 19th June 2016

Killin Music Festival 17th – 19th June 2016

Jun 7, 2016

Delighted to announce that Killin Music Festival has returned to the festival circuit!
With an enthusiastic, dedicated and hard working committee they have manage to 
stage a fantastic line up to come along and join us 17 th to 19 th June 2016



Killin Music Festival 17-19 June 2016  

Skipinnish / Scott Wood Band   / Have Mercy Las Vegas   / Clarie Hastings  / Whisky Kiss   / The Donald Black Band  / The Friel Sisters  / The Mischa Macpherson Trio  / Jack McRobbie / Rachel Sermanni   / Sarah Hayes /  / Cormrie Pipe Band    / Highland Hustle  /Box O’Bananas   / Killin Community Choir   Trail West 


Friday 17 th  McLaren Hall 6:00 – 1am
Box O’Bananas 18.15-19:15
Jack McRobbie   19:30 -20:30
Rachel Sermanni 20:45- 21:45
Whisky Kiss  22:00 -23:00
Skipinnish 23:15-00:00


Saturday 18 th
McLaren Hall 10:00- 12:00

A special performance by Killin Children’s Choir, Killin Community Choir, with soup, sandwiches and coffee run by, and in aid of local Cancer Research committee

McLaren Hall 15:30 – 1am
Sarah Hayes 15:30 16:30

Mischa MacPherson Trio  16:45 – 17:45
Friel Sister 18:00 – 19:00
Donald Black 19:15 – 20:15
Clair Hastings 20:30- 21:30
Trail West 21:45- 22:45
Have Mercy Las Vgeas 23:00-23:45
Scott Wood Band Midnight – 1am


Sunday 19 th

Highland Hustle – 10:00-11:00

Scottish Dance Based Workout

Comrie Pipe Band 11:00 -12:30


McLaren Hall -Open Stage 12:30 – 5:00
Pre booked artist get a slot!

While correct at time of printing please contact the festival for any amendments or alterations 
Have a fantastic festival ! See you there ! Auntie Liz – 

Claire-Hastings-cropped1 hmlv Skipinnish The Friel Sisters

The Mischa Macpherson Trio


Arran Folk Festival 3rd to 5th June 2016

Arran Folk Festival 3rd to 5th June 2016

Jun 1, 2016

Arran Folk Festival 3 rd to 5  th June 2016.
(The festival has been running since 1990 in various formats ! well done to one and all for seeing it continue!)
Featuring Artists :- Talisk ; Claire Hastings; Tim Pomeroy ; Gillian Frame ; Tim Eady ; Mary Ann Kenney & Finlay Wells




Friday 3 rd June :

2 – 5pm – Welcoming Open Session,The  Douglas Hotel, Brodick, Free Admission

7:30pm – Concert, Brodick Hall. Tickets: £18.00
Featuring: Talisk, Claire Hastings, Tim Pomeroy


Saturday 4 th June :

12 – 5pm – Open Session, Douglas Hotel, Brodick. Free Admission

7:30pm – Concert, Brodick Hall. Tickets: £18.00
Featuring: Gillian Frame, Tim Edey, Mary Ann Kennedy & Finlay Wells


Sunday 5 th June :
12 – 5pm – Survivors’ Session, Douglas Hotel, Brodick. Free Admission


Workshops :-

Sat.4 th June:

Singing Workshop“A Really Big Sing”
This will be a singing workshop tackling some achievable songs and led by Gillian Frame (a singer and fiddler from Arran, best known for her work with Back of the Moon and Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers) who is also one of the founding members of the Hidden Lane Choir – a women’s choir singing a range of contemporary pop through to traditional material. With her distinctive style and range of influences, this workshop will be great fun covering really singable songs for all ability levels.

Brodick Hall, 1pm – 2:30pm . Tickets: £5

Sun.5 th June:
Guitar Workshop
– with Tim Edey
Double BBC Folk Awards winner including “Musician of the year 2012”, a virtuoso on over ten instruments and an international touring professional musician since the age of fifteen and current guest of The Chieftains touring lineup for the last 4 years, this workshop is for all abilities – beginner to accomplished and offers a rare opportunity to learn some valuable tips and tricks from a true virtuoso!

Brodick Hall, 1pm – 2:30pm . Tickets: £10

(while correct at time of printing please contact the festival for any updates or amendments to the programme!)

Have a fantastic festival

Safe Journeys
Auntie Liz

finlay wells

Finlay Wells

clair hastings

Claire Hastings

Mary Ann Kenneday


Tim Pomeroy



Tim Eady

Tim Eady

Gillian Frame

Gillian Frame

15th Moniaive Folk Festival 6-8th May 2016

15th Moniaive Folk Festival 6-8th May 2016

May 6, 2016

15 th Moniaive Folk Festival 6 – 8 May 2016
Martin Simpson  /Paul McKenna Band http:// / Northern Harmony /Margaret Bennett   /Cairns Chorus   / Moniaive Village Ceilidh band / Clydebuilt Puppets   / Talisk 


While correct at time of printing please check with festival for any amendments or alterations



Thursday 5 May
Talisk, Craigdarroch Coach House    8.30pm £7/£5

Friday 6 May
Evening Ceilidh 7.30pm Craigdarroch marquee £10/£8:
Northern Harmony, Moniaive Village Ceilidh Band: interval spots by Cairn Chorus and Margaret Bennett

Saturday 7 May

Rolling programmes at Glenwhisk And Coach House: Children’s Festival mostly in the marquee
Piping Competition 10.00 onwards: Memorial Institute £2/£1/£5 family
4.15: Judges’ Recital
WORKSHOPS £5 each unless stated otherwise:

Masonic Hall

10.30-11.30: Harmony singing with Northern Harmony
11.45-12.45: Gaelic and Scots singing with Margaret Bennett
1.00-2.00: Children’s family concert (donations)
2.45-3.45: Balkan and Contra dancing with Northern Harmony
4.00-6.00: Singing session led by Margaret Bennett FREE

Paterson Rooms

11.00-11.45: Banjo/ bouzouki with Conor Markey (Paul McKenna Band)
12.00-12.45: Fiddle with Jack Smedley (Paul McKenna Band)
1.00-2.00:In Conversation with Martin Simpson, Liz Clark of Celtic Music Radio
2.15-3.00: Whistle/ flute with Sean Gray (Paul McKenna Band)
3.15-4.00: Bodhran with Ewan Braid (Paul McKenna Band)

4.00: Festival Parade

Evening Concert  7.30 Marquee £20/£16
Northern Harmony, Martin Simpson, Paul McKenna Band

Festival Club Unplugged  10.30 Memorial Institute :-
Relaxed acoustic song/ music/ storytelling: tea/coffee and plate of hot food included in admission.
Free to weekend pass holders, £5 for Saturday concert wristband holders, £10 otherwise
Late Night Extra  10.30 Craigdarroch Coach House FREE With Trongate Rum Riot.


Sunday 8 May

Rolling programmes Glenwhisk and Coach House

Masonic Hall

11.00-1.00: Sunday Singaround led by Cairn Chorus FREE
1.00-2.30 Slow session FREE
3.00 Afternoon concert £7/£5 with Margaret Bennett; Darcy da Silva; Wendy Stewart, Ruth Morris, Stuart MacPherson performing Wendy’s ‘Glencairn’
Storytelling workshop time and venue tbc

Memorial Institute

1.00-2.00: Songwriting workshop £5
2.00-3.00: Clydebuilt Puppets present ‘Dinosaur Detectives’ £3/ children under 12 FREE
3.00-4.00: Clydebuilt Puppets puppet making workshop FREE
5.00-6.00: Songwriting workshop £5

FESTIVAL BUFFET £5 a plate Craigdarroch Hotel 5.00pm onwards, merging into

Survivors Session  7.30 onwards FREE – Led by members of Paul McKenna Band!

Visitors Information in Moniaive

See you all there! Liz

Margaret Bennett

Martin Simpson Northern Harmony talisk

Girvan Folk Festival 29th April – 1st May 2016

Girvan Folk Festival 29th April – 1st May 2016

Apr 29, 2016

This years Girvan Folk Festival kicks off it’s 42 year on Friday 29 th April till 1 st May 2016
Artists appearing at this years festival are :- The Paul McKenna Band /Pete Coe /Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry /Brendan Hendry and Johnny Toman  /Di Henderson /3 Men and a Box /Jess Smith /Emma Spiers / Darcy and Pals Mike Hancock The Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band 



Programme of Events (while correct at time of printing please check with festival for any amendments or alterations)

Girvan Folk Festival
2016 Programme
Friday 29th April:
8:00 pm Opening Concert with Pete Coe, Di Henderson, Three Men and a Box-Westcliffe Hotel
Evening – from 8:00 pm Session with Darcy and Pals , Brendan and Johnny The Vaults
Evening – from 8:00 pm Session with The Scotia Band Flynn’s Boatyard
Evening – from 8:00 pm Session with Failte The Anchor bar
Evening – from 8:00 pm Session with McGill and Co. The Hamilton Arms
10:00 pm Late singaround: A sang frae a’body and turns frae Emma Spiers, Jess Smith , Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry. Catholic Hall

Saturday 30th April
11:00 am Songwriting and Traditional Singing Competitions Westcliffe Hotel
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Children’s Singing Workshop – Susie Kelly Catholic Hall
12:30 pm Jess’s Stories: Jess tells about her life , her books and the people that inspired her. The Town House
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Circus skills workshop – Mike Hancocks Henderson and Susie Kelly The Town House
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Beginners Fiddle workshop – Michael Muir Catholic Hall
2:00 pm The Quiet Singaround, with Pete Coe , Di
– A wee tempter to get you to go to a class and get playing. Carrick Buildings
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Button Box workshop – Thomas McCabe – How to find the nearest note and make it seem easy Carrick Buildings
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Guitar workshop – Jamie Wallace – Accompanying traditional tunes Carrick Buildings
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Play Irish fiddle tunes workshop – Brendan Hendry – Learn a few Irish tunes with hints on bowing styles. Carrick Buildings
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Fiddle Improvers workshop – Carol Anderson – Have a go at a new jig and reel. How does he play fast and sound so good Carrick Buildings
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Bodhran workshop – Ewan Baird – Basic rhythms for different types of tunes Carrick Buildings
2:00 pm Bobby Robb Tribute Concert with Maggie Miller, Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry, Tom Smith and Wattie Lees, Kathy Hobkirk and Heather Heywood, Adam McNaughtan Queens Hotel
2:00 pm Session with The North Easters. The Vaults
2:00 pm Session with The Scotia Band. The Anchor Bar
2:00 pm Session with Failte. Flynn’s Boatyard
2:00 pm Session with Darcy and Pals ,Brendan and Johnny Hamilton Arms
7:30 pm Evening Concert with Brendan Hendry and Johnny Toman, Emma Spiers, Pete Coe, The Paul McKenna Band Girvan Academy
8:00 pm Session with The Tipi Topaz Team The Vaults
8:00 pm Session with McGill and Co Flynn’s Boatyard
8:00 pm Session with Haggerdash. The Anchor Bar
11:00 pm Late nigth extra – Three Men and a Box, Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry, Di Henderson , Mike Hancock and the Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band Catholic Hall

Sunday 1st May:
Time Event Venue
11:00 am Story Telling and Verse Recitation competitions Westcliffe Hotel
11:00 pm – 12:30 pm Traditional Singing workshop – Maggie Macrae – Finding songs, choosing songs to sing, making a song your own. The Town House
11:30 pm – 1:00 pm Songs of the First World War – Chris Miles talks about and performs songs of the Great War -The Town House
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Whistle workshop – Jackie Buckham – How to get the full range of the instrument and learn a new tune or two. Carrick Buildings
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Flute workshop – Sean Gray – A new jig and a new reel. Hints on technique Carrick Buildings
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Banjo workshop – Conor Markey – Learn a couple of new tunes and get even for all the banjo jokes Carrick Buildings
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Family Ceilidh with Mike Hancock, Pete Coe, Susie Kelly Catholic Hall
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Ukelele workshop – Darcy Da Silva – Get started with the chords for a folk song. Carrick Buildings
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Mandolin workshop – George Butterworth – Where to find tunes and get hints on technique Carrick Buildings
2:00 pm Session with Three Men and a Box with the Scotia Band. The Vaults
2:00 pm Session with McGill and Co. The Anchor Bar
2:00 pm Session with Failte. The Hamilton Arms
2:00 pm Session with Haggerdash Flynn’s Boatyard
2:00 pm Open Stage Westcliffe Hotel
3:30 pm Folk Group competition Westcliffe Hotel
7:30 pm Farewell Concert with Darcy and Pals, Brendan Hendry and Johnny Toman, Pete Coe, Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry- Catholic Hall
8:00 pm Session with Haggerdash and Failte The Vaults
8:00 pm Session with The Tipi Topaz team Flynn’s Boatyard
8:00 pm Session with The Tattiehowkers The Anchor bar
10:00 pm Farewell Session – Final session with the weekend guests. Catholic Hall

Have a fantastic festival and see you all there! Auntie Liz

the tatty howkers CB

The Tattyhowkers Ceilidh Band


The Paul McKenna Band

Jess Smith

Jess Smith

Di Henbderson

Di Henderson

Glenfarg Folk Feast 8 -10th April 2016

Glenfarg Folk Feast 8 -10th April 2016

Apr 5, 2016

Genfarg 38th Folk Feast – 8-10 April 2016
In Backstage at the Green, 2 The Muire, Kinross, Perthshire KY13 8AS
hile details are correct at time of printing please check with the Festival/ Festival website for any updates or alterations!
Friday 8th April  Ceilidh Dance 
From the parish of Orwell – Milnathort, Gail & Neil Paterson along with David Summers Junior and occasional guest band members make up this well established and renowned ceilidh band! The opening Ceilidh is a must for festival goers from dance calling to festival guests and artists dropping a song or two  throughout the evening make it the complete Ceilidh
Saturday Concert
Saturday 9 th  April
THE EMILY SMITH DUO – Has been cancelled due to Emily having laryngitis. – we all wish her a speedy recover
But please to say that the other half of the duo – Jamie MClennan , Emily’s husband will be performing with James Fagan!
Jamie McClennan and James Fagan, aka The James Brothers. Bringing together New Zealander and a Australian, they combine as a brilliant duo of vocalists/instrumentalists and the interplay of bouzouki. With an new full length CD “Bonzer!” released in February this year, bringing us music and song from their birth homes – ‘Antipodean and Colonial Roots music’
Husband and wife multi award winning duo from the Tarland in Doric country!, Shona and Paul are both experts in their own fields and outstanding as a duo! Paul, performer, composer of such acclaimed productions of Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbons and as a much sought after tutor tutor, is the “standard bearer” for fiddle playing in his native area . Shona’s Scot’s song/ballad singing as well as fiddle player, winning  Scots Singer of the Year award in 2009 and the  finalist at the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003 and 04. Together a stunning duo!
MAURICE DICKSON–  Sad to say that Maurice  also had to cancel due to a sever throat infection, we all send him get well messages and hope to catch him along the way
Originally from Haddington residing in Edinburgh Gill is a regular visitor to the Glenfarg Folk Club, a very accomplished singer / songwriter and stalwart of the Scottish folk scene with three solo albums to her credit and many amalgamations with other artists. Touring extensivley through the UK as well as further afield in Europe and in New Zeland Also tours with her one women show ‘Toasting the Lassies’ telling the stories of the women in Robert Burs’s life and other notable stage performances
the farg folk
No festival would be complete without them ! Stalwarts of the Glenfarg Folk Club. These lively performers get you singing! with well known choruses to joining in (even if they did not want you to do so!!!) newer songs – some from their own ‘pen’ . A wealth of talent who make you feel part of the show! The club is world renowned for being a singing audience – so come along and join in!  Well done to one and all yet again for a fantastic welcome and festival weekend.
Sunday 10 th Concert
Scotland’s finest well known son is Dougie MacLean! Singing about the area he grew up and lives in, brings Perthshire glorouries to the listener,  told in the manner of the tradition bearer, with the skill of a painter who brings the story alive.   Dougie is also a great story teller – or should that be he has plenty of good stories to tell!, making each performance memorable
The Crazy Gang are in town tonight! Roberto Cassani, Owen Nicholson and Dave Clelland, three very nearly middleaged goons, will display a dazzling array of male-pattern baldness, sartorial disgrace and hot musicianship for your entertainment. And we expect a huge dose of banter into the bargain. There will be banter with swing, swing with songs, songs with a smile and smiles on your faces! An act you will remember for some time, hopefully for the right reasons! Sit back and get your laughing muscles ready for this one.

A first-time visit to the Feast for this talented husband and wife duo  During 17 years of part-time touring, Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour, they have six albums out! Kip who was raised in Holland, Germany, England, Scotland….also lived in France for a while – considers herself ‘fiercely’ Scottish and Dave Wilson originaly from Linconshire is now recognised as one of the UK’s best contemporary, acoustic songwriters. A great wordsmith, his songs are sometimes challenging, often lyrical, but always poetic and have been widely covered  by Vin Garbutt, and Anthony John Clark amongst many others.
A real coup for the Feast! The Singing Kettle’s creator and former star, Artie Trezise is back in town with his exciting new production, Tartan Tales, featuring traditional songs and stories with a Scottish accent. The show will include action packed, enthralling and interactive songs such as Three Little Pigs and The Train To Glasgow, all delivered in a unique, charming and engaging style. There will be lots of joining-in and singing for all the audience, children and adults alike. A must show for the weekend! 

Write your own original, entertaining and funny song. The theme this year is “The Times They Are A Changing” in recognition of our move to Kinross. The judge will be Tich Frier, International Songster and Humourist.
“Blow the inner tray of an empty matchbox the furthest.” Have you got the Puff for this fun event? Can you beat the world records of 5.86m (Men) and 5.50m (Ladies)? Gone are the chandeliers that hampered high altitude puffers so there are no excuses this year, but who knows what hazzards may be lurking in our new venue!
On Saturday Sandy Stanage is the tutor for a Guitar workshop has stepped in due to Maurice Dickson indispositions The Green Isle Room. 10.30 to 11.30 a.m. He is truly brilliant in his field as a guitarist, tutor, and workshop performer and his two CDs from 2000 and 2004 ( Crossing the Line and The De’il and Other Cronies) both received huge critical acclaim. Sandy has performed on a number of occasions at the Club and also solo at the Feast.
The hosted Singarounds are always popular and busy. They take place on Saturday and Sunday 11.30am to 2.00pm. There will also be plenty of opportunity for sessions around the hotel and surrounding area.
While details are correct at time of printing please check with the Festival/ Festival website for any updates or alterations!
See you at the festival! Liz 

Saturday on Celtic Music Radio

Saturday on Celtic Music Radio

Apr 2, 2016

Some changes to the schedule today,to bring you not one, not two, but THREE wonderful live concerts….

A new voice on Celtic Music Radio, Tony Mack, presents his first show today from 8am-10am, and then from 10am until noon, Moira Kerr hosts “Sounds Celtic”.


At EIHF-logo-2016noon, we have our first live outside broadcast of the day. We’re heading through to Edinburgh to broadcast an afternoon from the Edinburgh International Harp Festival – where we’ll have interviews, live performances and lots of good music.



From 6pm, we have our second concert. Recorded live on Thursday at King Tut’s, we bring you highlights of “Calmac Culture” music finals – featuring:

Bella Gaffney Music (2016 DKOS Finalist)
James Edwyn and the Borrowed Band 
Whitehill Grove
The Begbies
Kat Healy
Tom Vevers
Angus Smith & North 56
Dumb Instrument


Then at 8pm, we head across live to the Radisson Blu for the second day of the Irish Country Weekend.glasgow_raddison narrow

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