For the second year running we’ve teamed up with local charity Lantern of the North to bring the finest local talent to our two day event. In line with our vintage theme, Saturday’s performances will celebrate the Castle’s heyday era with sounds from 1900s – 1940s. Sunday will, once again, showcase the best in local talent.
Here are just some of our 2017 acts:
KEITH AND DISTRICT SILVER BAND
Keith and District Silver Band is a non-contesting brass band with an emphasis on music that is enjoyable to play and entertaining for their audience. They play at many local events and fundraisers, often giving their services for free and have helped to raise a considerable amount of money for other charities. Discover more.
An eclectic mix of home-grown folk songs and favourites across genres. Vocalist Alyson MacConnachie, Mike Blackburn (vocals/guitar/bazouki) Neil MacConnachie (guitar/banjo/bass), Amanda Whitfield (violin) and Alex Clark (Cajon), take you through a range of emotions; songs of war, despair, love…and good old foot stomping’! Discover more.
Footerin’ Aboot are The up & coming ceilidh “with a twist” band on the Moray music scene. #Not Just A Ceilidh Band, they perform jumping, upbeat material incorporating original songs, vibrant compositions, traditional tunes, popular covers and ceilidh dances into their set which is guaranteed to get you up & dancing. Discover more.
CALUM MACKENZIE JONES
An exciting young singer-songwriter from Oran, Moray. Creating original material encompassing a wide range of musical genres. Influences from Folk, Country, Blues, Traditional and Celtic Rock ensure a varied performance which appeals to a wide audience. Calum’s debut single “Your Man” was recently showcased by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. Discover more.
FRASER & ROWAN
“Remember your youth, when it was all motorbikes, cars and electric guitars? No, me neither! But musical brothers Fraser and Rowan from Speyside are making the most of it, and growing in confidence following gigs in Glenlivet and on the Plainstones in Elgin. Both sing and play guitar, really taking flight under the mentorship of Tom Morris of Moray Music Lessons. Influences include the Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Metallica and Hendrix… watch out for these boys, and sing along if you know the words!”
Amelia is a 15yr old singer from Buckie who accompanies her vocal on ukulele and keyboard. She enjoys music from artist such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Dodie Clark & Bruno Mars and performs covers from some of these artists and other popular songs in her set, endeavouring to keep it current and funky.
ABBIE & NEVE
Just The 2 of Us will enthral you with a medley of Scottish, Classical & Modern fiddle music. This young Buckie duo, Abbie Nye and Neve Paterson formed in February 2017 after being asked to perform at a local Burns supper. The girls 1st played together at the Moray Music Festival in 2016 winning a distinction for their duet are proud to play regularly with Buckie High School Fiddle group and Moray Music Centre senior orchestra.
MIR are a 4 piece Rock’n’Roll; band from the highlights of Scotland. Brought together by Miriam Campbell to allow her song to be brought to the stage as she envisioned MIR began life in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Gaining a reputation as a hard working and hard rocking band. Finding it hard to tag themselves to a genre they effortlessly fuse Rockabilly, Americana, Country & blues and have surely invented Scotabilly.
Magdalena & Verii Wellenger
You are sure to be transported back to the early 1900’s with the amazing musicianship and stunning vocals of mother and daughter duo Magdalena & Verii Wellenger. Bringing you songs from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf and Nat King Cole their set is one not to be missed.
LOSSIE ELITE DANCE COMPANY
Produced, choreographed and directed by Diane Aspinall & Erika-Jayne Williams of Lossiemouth Entertainment Academy performing a new musical by Tish Tindall based upon an idea by David Gest and the life & works of Robert Burns.
THE SCREAMING MOJOS Rythym n Blues band from the North East of Bonnie Scotland. Formed in 2010, the band consists of singer/guitarist-Ryan Harrold, bass-Tim Aspden, harmonica-Ali Davies, saxophone- James Younie and percussion – Pete Hay. Play covers with their own upbeat style. The collective of fine musicians continue to play throughout the North of Scotland with the highlight of 2016 being playing the Belladrum
More about Lantern of the North
Lantern of the North came together three years ago to create a nationally regarded Centre for the Arts and Heritage to be located within Elgin.
The development of the Arts Centre is not something to be rushed so we are taking our time to ensure the building when ready will be a real asset to the area.
One of the groups main aims is to promote local musicians and we have done this by putting on shows in Village Halls, the Elgin Plainstones, St Giles Church, Local Cafes pretty much anywhere we can find an audience.
In 2016 we were asked to curate the music & dance for The Lossiemouth Seafest Event along with a successful Music showcase event at The Gordon Castle Highland Games.
2017 sees us return to Gordon Castle to curate both days at The Annual Highland Games with two very different themes that will consist of both Music & Dance.