Our Music Marquee has had a revamp for 2018 and to bring about the ‘festival vibe’ we are bringing the attraction under one roof and welcoming Licensed Occasions who will provide the bar for the duration. Rain? What rain!
We are SO excited to announce that award-winning traditional folk group Elephant Sessions have confirmed that they will headline for 2018.
‘The versatility of Elephant Sessions is its strength. Passionate about their culture and their origins, these Scots are using their instruments like weapons to destroy clichés…We love them ‘Rolling Stone Magazine
‘Absolutely superb…’ Chris Hawkins (BBC Radio 6)
‘A pyrotechnic highlight of the Soiree d’Ouverture d’Ecosse’ (Festival Interceltique de Lorient) Songlines Magazine
‘All We Have Is Now is an album evocative of lazy days and party nights’ – Folk Radio UK
2017 has been a remarkable year for Elephant Sessions. The band who hail from the Highlands of Scotland and who met at the Newcastle University Folk degree have exploded onto the indie folk scene with unparalleled effect. The release of their album ‘All We Have is Now’ in June of this year, was followed by live appearances at some of Europe’s most notable festivals. Audiences crowd surfed their way through the summer and marquee floors broke under the weight of bouncing fans.
The Mercury nominated Alt J, along with BBC Radio 6 found themselves converted to the band’s unique brand of indie folk. Reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine sat alongside folk magazine coverage. Radio features accompanied documentaries and highlights shows on television stations. Charting in the French download charts and selling bucket loads across Europe ‘All We Have is Now’ has firmly established this band as completely unique. Elephant Sessions transcend boundaries and shake the very foundations of expectation. Closing the year with sell out shows across the UK, the band find themselves nominated for both Folk Album of the Year and Live Act of the Year at the BBC Scots Trad awards.
2018 promises to be no different and opening the year with a show at the world renowned Celtic Connections festival, the band head over to Australia in March for what will be a debut tour of some of the nations most respected festivals.
In addition to Elephant Sessions, we will be welcoming the following local musicians.
10.00-10.30 Milnes High School Jazz Band
10.45-11.00 The Country Quines
11.10-11.30 Amelia Holland
11.45-12.15 Northern Shore
12.30-1.00 Gordon James & The Power
1.00-1.30 Massed Pipes & Drums
1.30-2.00 Sam Cain
2.00-2.45 Calum Mackenzie Jones & The Trad Project
3.15-4.30 Elephant Sessions
Celtic-Folk-Rock Band “The Trad Project” plan to hit the festival scene running in 2018.
Taking the songs of Calum Mackenzie Jones and mixing them up with terrific tunes, phenomenal pipes, furious fiddling, dangerous drums, a disappearing pianist and an awesome chick who rocks the bass in her high heels. All performed with skill, enthusiasm and a lot of laughter.
Be one of the first to catch this new band live – you won’t be disappointed.
A young Scottish singer songwriter armed with a wide variety of catchy, self-penned tunes guaranteed to grab your attention and get folk dancing. Backed by a fast growing fanbase throughout Glasgow and his hometown of Inverness, as well as having released two singles across all platforms in late 2017, Sam is on track to have a successful year ahead.
Gordon James and the Power are Gordon James (guitar and vocals), Bob Neish (guitar and vocals), John McKenzie (bass and vocals) and Blaire MacKenzie (drums and percussion).
Formed in the heart of Scotland’s whisky capitol in 2016 they have quickly garnered a following throughout the north of the country.
Northern Shore play an eclectic mix of their own homegrown folk songs, along with favourites across genres and were delighted to be recently described as “Reminiscent of early Fairport Convention”!
Vocalist Alyson MacConnachie, Mike Blackburn (vocals/guitar/bazouki) Neil MacConnachie (guitar/banjo/bass) and Amanda Whitfield (violin) take you through a range of emotions; songs of war, despair, love…and good old foot stompin’!
Amelia Holland is a 16 year old singer from Buckie who plays guitar, ukulele and keyboard.
She covers songs from some of her favourite musicians such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Dodie Clark (YouTuber) & Bruno Mars along with other popular artist to keep her set list current. She enjoys playing gigs and wants to try and play more this year.
Cassie and Kirstie are both 13 and play the fiddles and Rachel on the accordion is 10. They are from Grange, Keith and have been playing individually for a while but as the Group for 6 months. They play at local events and love entertaining people.