Welcome to the Web site for Strathyre Music Festival 2016. Programmes are NOW available £1. From The Village Shop, The Broch Café, The Inn at Strathyre, The Ben Sheann, Immervoulin Caravan Park, Alrlie Ice Cream Parlour and Crystal Tea Room Creiff.
Music festival times -Friday 27th 7pm until 1am
-Saturday 28th 1:30pm until 1am
-Sunday 29th 2pm until midnight
Market stalls - Saturday and Sunday 11am until 4pm
This page will be regularly updated with exciting news related to the 2016 (4th) Strathyre Music Festival.
Adriana is a good friend of Strathyre Music and a top Headline star performer having graced the stage at each Festival since it started in 2013.
Adriana's songs are honest and sparkling, and her live performances not quickly forgotten - raw and heartfelt in equal measure.
Having released her debut album in 2011, she has performed prolifically, sharing the stage with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Paolo Nutini, Eddi Reader, Midge Ure, and Dar Williams. She has also supported the legendary Joan Armatrading, who she joined again during her 2014 UK Tour.
Adriana made her first Celtic Connections appearance in 2010, supporting local songwriting legend Horse at her show at the City Halls in Glasgow. Adriana also sold out her Edinburgh Fringe Festival performances in 2010, having also done so the year before
Adriana is currently working on her second album which she hopes to release on her own Ragged Road label. Recent new releases "jeanies song" and "Sparkle "were featured during her recent interviews on Radio Scotland and in 2015 she was invited to record for a STV show.
Come along to www.adriana-music.com for more information, music, videos and more. Adriana is a must see act on Saturday afternoon 28th May.
We are delighted to welcome back Katee Kross as a Headliner. Katee is a singer/songwriter from Bishopbriggs who has already worked with some of the big Names In the Scottish scene, Katee has supported Karine Polwart in March 2015 at the Lochwinnoch Music Festival, and has also appeared at the 2015 Celtic Connectons, Katee has supported RedSky July, and North Sea gas as well as Scocha, In September 2015 Katee supported Barbara Dickson and also supported Barbara in October 2015 after winning a finalist spot at the Spree Music Festival 2014 open stage Competition.
In October/November 2015 Katee traveled to Dunkeld for a week to play 4 gigs at the Dougie MacLean Amberfest . In March 2016 Katee was booked to open for Dougie MacLean at the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival. She was invited to join Dougie on stage for
his closing song which was a very touching performance.
Katee has a very active gig schedule, performing most weekends.
Katee also runs an under 18 open mic once a month in her Home town of Bishopbriggs Dont Miss Katee on Friday Evening 27th May.
Jenne McClure is a singer specialising in jazz but with an interest in other styles especially traditional music. Based in Central Scotland her jazz singing experience has included several residences in Edinburgh as well as music festivals, private functions, weddings, jazz clubs and corporate events. She has performed with many leading names in jazz including Colin Steele. Jenne has a strong musical background having studied piano from an early age and her vocal tutors include Jay Clayton, Fiona Duncan, Lianne Carroll and Anita Wardell.
Jenne is drawn to a wide variety of styles that make up the jazz kaleidoscope, ranging from swing, blues and Latin through to pop, fusion and bop. She believes in the healing power of music and above all she believes in keeping it fun! What a great way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon.
Would you like to perform at the 2016 or 2017 Strathyre Music Festival ?
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2016 Line Up
Mudslide (Performing Sat)
Mudslide are a 5 piece Blues band based in Mid Argyll with a wealth of professional ans semi professional experience. They deliver Stormin' Blues of all styles from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Clapton, Gary Moore to Joe Bonamassa, plus some original material and older classics.
With an enviously tight rhythm section, blistering guitar solos, dazzling keyboards and soulful vocals they are guaranteed to get a place dancing and , if the Mudslide Blues Brothers are with them, they will even show you the moves!
Mudslide are great fans and supporters of the festival and are honoured to be headlining on the Saturday night their 3rd year at Strathyre.
Papa Shandy and the Drams (Performing Fri)
Based in Glasgow, Papa Shandy and the Drams were founded in 2012 and haven't looked back since. As Scottish folk musicians, there is a very good reason why this Glasgow function band is popular all over the world.
The distinct, smoky voice of Kieran Sinclair heads up one of the fastest selling wedding and function bands in Scotland today. Managed exclusively by hireaband, their setlist is vast, covering anything from Mumford and Sons to AC/DC. With their unique folk and bluegrass style, Papa Shandy and the Drams are undeniably the best pop and folk band available for hire today. Look forward to a sensational Headline performance.
“This people, is the new folk” - Laura Maxwell Gutter Magazine
Riverside Ceilidh Band (Performing Sun)
The Stirling Riverside Ceilidh Band plays both traditional Scottish and new tunes for dancing and listening for parties, Weddings and concerts. Established in 2011 by members of the Stirling Riverside Music Project, the band has established in itself in the Stirling area as an enthusiastic group of musicians, playing a great mix of instruments and providing excellent entertainment.
We are delighted to welcome the Riverside Ceildh Band back for what will be a spectacular Headline party atmosphere. Please take your partners along for a real shindig on Sunday Evening,
Introducing our Special Guest Performers
Gemma Gray (Performing Fri)
Young Gemma Gray took to the stage at the 2015 Strathyre Music Festival at the ripe old age of only 13 and stunned the audience with a truly magnificent voice, following in the footsteps of her Dad Gary from the Band the Tin Men (Who are no strangers to Strathyre Gigs) Gemma is destined for great things in the Music World.
We are delighted to welcome Gemma (now 14) back to Strathyre for the 2016 Music Festival where she is sure to be warmly welcomed.
The Magpies (Performing Fri)
Up and coming Glasgow band "The Magpies" came together late 2015 after evolving from the duo "Reason To Be Cheeerful" which consisted of Lizzie King (Guitarist and vocalist) and Dora Weber (drummer and percussionist). Peter Keay joined as the band's bass player early 2016. Their first live performance supporting the Coalttown Daisies in Fife went down a storm with a full house and punters being turned away at the door. Following on from this, the band soon found their diaries filling up with some gigs. The band are currently recording and self - producing their first EP due to be released later this summer. Their music is a fusion of acoustic, pop and folk and is influenced by Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall, Jamie Lawson and Jill Jackson.
Lizzie King born in Oxfordshire and keen to follow in her parents' footsteps, began writing music at an early age. What started as a hobby soon grew into a passion and an ambition to pursue a career in the music industry. While writing music for the band, she is also studying for a degree in audio production.
Doro Weber grew up in Southen Germany where she spent her childhood playing drums and writing songs. She relocated to Scotland at the age of 19 to study music Business and set up an independent record label. Doro released her previous band's debut album "Promenade" by Salon Society in 2009 as well as working with a couple of other Scottish bands.
Peter Keay, multi - talented musician from Shetland, has been playing music since he can remember. He spent most of his weekends growing up amongst other musicians on the island jamming and gigging. Peter is also studying audio production and promises to become a very talented audio engineer.
Strumelele (Performing Sat)
Strumelele are a very unique ukelele band from Glasgow and Clydebank area that produce some fantastic music with Bass Guaitar and fiddle accompaniment.
They play a wide range of music and are the life and soul of any Music Festival. Cliff Uney from Strumelele is also a founding member of Balvaig and secretary of the Strathyre Music Festival Committee. Catch the Stramelele session an witness a truly amazing sound from the tiny instruments with some superb vocals and energy put into every performance
TX4 (Performing Sun)
TX4 are a five piece band from Glasgow who play a lively mix of rock classic's and original material. The line up consist of Alex Macleod (acoustic guitar and vocals), Stevie McCormack (rhythm guitar), John McGuigan (bass), Danny McGivern (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Tommy Anderson (drums). Tommy is a member of Balvaig backing the band on Cajhon and Bodhran. Alex hails from Lochearnhead.
TX4 played at last years Strathyre Music Festival and we are pleased to welcome the boys back again.
Wanted Men (Performing Sat)
The wanted Men are a local band led by guitarist Sandy Macadam, with John ' The Barber ' Henry on bass guitar and the well known legendary drummer Phil Ragsdell. Vocals are provided by Sandy. Greg Watson is the latest addition to the Wanted men line up playing Guitar and vocals. Greg also plays with host band Balvaig
Wanted Man "Sandy" produces much of the band's own material including Sandy's own version of Bonnie Strathyre. They have a wide selection of Music Styles often heard around local Music Venues
Voicebeat (Performing Sun)
Voicebeat is a world music community choir based in the West End of Glasgow. They meet weekly to sing traditional songs in unaccompanied harmony, drawn from a wide variety of styles and traditions around the world, and singing in languages from Amernian to Zulu. Founded in2002 as part of an initiative to help refugees ans asylum - seekers intergrate, the group currently has about fifety active members of all levels of muiscal experience and none, hailing from countries as diverse as Australia, cameroon, Mexico, Singapore and Zimbabwe. Voicebeat perform regularly at events around Glasgow and recorded their first CD in 2012.
Dwight Pereira (Performing Sat)
Dwight PereiraBorn 9th October 1978 in Malaysia, Dwight Ian Pereira grew up in Kuala Lumpar. during his first 7 years, before moving to Singapore. He emerged from a musical family and was exposed to musicians such as Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash, The EverlyBrothers and Jim Reeves. He began singing publicly as a choir boy in Sts. Peter & Paul’s Church in Singapore, and started songwriting in his teens.
An avid Michael Jackson fan, in 1996, he was awarded a SONY-sponsored all-expense paid trip to New York to watch the superstar inconcert.In 1999, after attaining his first architectural degree from NUS, he released his debut album entitled 'In Black & White'. The music magazine ‘BigO’, then described him as a musician who "brought a breathof fresh air into the local scene, demonstrating a facility for melody that is sorely missed in many local songwriters...(with) the vocal ability to bring out the best out of his melodies”.Sheffield Tramlines Festival, 22 July 2012In 2002, Dwight released his sophomore album, 'Sleeptalking'.
Amongst local media reviews, ‘COMPASS’ described him as "a singer/ songwriter whose brand of honest, soulful music and refreshing vocals, fuses varying hues of country, pop and R&B".In 2003, Dwight re-settled in Liverpool (UK) to complete his architectural studies. There, he formed a university rock band -'Immigrant’ which played around Liverpool. In 2005, Dwight relocated to Sheffield for work, where he qualifiedas a registered Architect. He played extensively during his spare time there
Dwight born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, He emerged from a musical family and was heavily influenced by signers such as Jonny Cash, Charlie Pride and Jim Reeves. After studying at Victoria Junior College, he produced his first solo CD in 1999, after attaining a BA (Architecture) from the National University of Singaopore, he released his first solo album in Singapore, In Black & White.
In recent years, Dwight is sometimes joined by his sister Joanne, for some great harmonic sounds.
The John Hinshelwood Band (Performing Sun)
Over the last two decades, Glasgow based singer / songwriter John Hinshelwood’s finely crafted, country tinged songs have helped establish his reputation as a performer and writer of distinction.
He has performed and recorded with, among others, former Byrds member Gene Parsons and Scottish folk legend Rab Noakes, and shared a stage with many distinguished artistes including Tim O’Brien, Roger McGuinn, Kate Campbell, Darrell Scott, Cathryn Craig and Martin Simpson.His live appearances have included Celtic Connections, Highland Festival, Glasgow Americana, Wembley Country Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Perth SouthernFried Festival, Summertyne Americana Festival in Newcastle, in addition to Arts Centres, theatres and clubs throughout the Americana, Folk and Country circuit.
His two CDs “holler til dawn”(2002)and “Shattered Pleasures” (2009), the latter a collaboration with Canadian singer Sandra Gellatly, both received widespread critical acclaim, and a new release is scheduled for early in 2014.The current line up of the John Hinshelwood Band is TimBlack (acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, vocals), Ed McGlone (bass, vocals), and John Hinshelwood (acoustic guitar, vocals)John has also organised and curated several Gram Parsons tribute events, and is the founder of six piece Country Rock outfit The City Sinners, which he fronts with American singer / songwriter Kathy Stewart.john.
Dave Alan (Performing Fri/Sun)
A very accomplished popular singer and guitarist, Dave has been a performer for over 30 years. Born a Scot (and proud of it) formerly based near Southampton, now lives in the Kingdom of Fife. He is a firm favourite wherever he performs. Dave is no stranger to the Music Sessions locally in Callander and Strathyre.
Dave began his first forays into the pubs and clubs in the early seventies while serving in the army. His first performance was at the Bird in Hand in Finsbury Park London, where with the help of a pianist Jim would entertain the regulars once a fortnight. He also spent some time on the folk scene and has been known to gig at the odd folk club now and then.
On leaving the army Dave moved to Kent. There he stayed for twenty years building up a good reputation in the southeast of England as a competent performer.
Blessed with great vocal ability and an easy going but engaging style, audiences soon warm to Dave’s unique performances and enjoy joining in with the choruses and good humored banter. His trademark is that of an all round entertainer who plays a wide selection of music with humor and passion.
Martha L. Healy (Performing Fri)
Martha was raised on sounds of classic American artists - such as Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, Suzanne Vega and The Travelling Wilburys - and the legendary Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Her musical journey, from reciting traditional celtic songs at home with family in Glasgow, to recording her USA debut Americana album in Nashville is a truly inspiring story.
From playing solo at small venues in her hometown - whilst continuing to work at her craft exploring country, folk, blues, celtic and welcoming the great new upsurge in the popularity of Americana - Martha remained true to the music she was raised on. Coming from an Irish-Scottish upbringing, she was always encouraged to have her own opinion. "I've always been honest with myself, musically, and as fads have come and gone, followed my passion for music with speaks with integrity."
Midtown Riot (Performing Sat)
Midtown Riot were formed in July 2013 specifically to make contribution to Douglasdale Folk Festival.
After a few rehearsals, of which only four had everyone available, we made our debut at the open mike event.
We play a few covers and the rest are tunes of our own. We continue to work on developing more of our own material with songs from Kenny, Davy & John in the set and aim eventually to play all original material.
More recently we have gained the services of the "Sheriff of Midtown" otherwise known as Keny Snr, who is looking after gigs, photos, videos, posters and keeping us supplied in drink during performances!
Drouthy Neebors (Performing Sat)
Alan and Steve have been friends since their teen years and have been playing music for a good number of years, but only recently on the Edinburgh music scene. With backgrounds of Punk Rock ,Folk and classical music. Being described recently as The Corries meet The Clash, Drouthy Neebors major influences are, The Corries, The Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd.
Neebors have recently done live sets on the radio, played at the Gentle Giant Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Bandvandal (Performing Sun)
Bandvandal is a solo project by Neil McClafferty. Debut album was launched in 2014 with an extended Europen tour to promote the album. Neil is familiar with the Folk Music Scene in Glasgow playing many of the top music venues.
Neil is an accomplished guitarist, singer and has a unique sound with harmonica and stomp box used to good effect.
Neil is returning to the Strathyre Music Festival for his second appearance.
Michael Boyle (Performing Sat)
Is a 19 year old singer song writer and has been singing, playing guitar and harmonica regurly in the pub music scene throughout Glasgow. Michael can often be heard in the Clutha Bar, Sweenys on the park, and the Scotia Bar. Michael Plays a wide range of folk and blues along with original songs.
Michael appeared at the 2016 Music Festival and performed some good music with Harmonica accompanying.
Sextet (Performance Sun)
The Phil Ragsdell sextet group was born from Glasgow City Big Band. The renowed drummer Phillip Ragsdell was asked to take the rhythm section for sectional rehearsals. With the addition of the fantastic Ben Redman on vibraphone and expert Colic Hall on saxophones the GCBB Rhythm section Ensemble was born.
The band's repertoire ranges from Jazz to Jazz-Fusion from such iconic composers as Dave Brubeck to Pat Metheny with the odd original chart from drummer Phil Ragsdell.
LATE NEWS: Sextet Increase numbers to 10 in the band. Great Sounds on Sunday.
Hugh Kelly (Performing Sat)
Hugh Kelly (21) is an ALt. Blues/Soul singer songwriter, based in Edinburgh. Over the last 3 years, Hugh has performed around 300+ gigs and has recently released hid debut EP (Feb 2016) - getting numerous plays on radio stations throughout uk.
He was 'Artist of the week' in the Scotland on Sunday & The Scotsman national newspapers (Feb 2016) and was interviewed live on BBC Radio Scotland's Janice Forsyth show (march 2016) Where Janice kindly made one of his tracks, her 'single of the week'. He was highlighted as one of Jim Gellatly's top picks for April 2016 in the Sun newspaper he has also caught the attention of music bloggers who have kindly posted positive reviews.
Having visited Strathyre every year, for the last 21 years on family holidays, Hugh is delighted to be returning this year, as an artist, to play at the Strathyre Music Festival for the first time.
The Shipping Forecast (Performing Sun)
The recently formed Shipping Forecast come together as a fusion of seasoned musicians, producing a mix of contemporary folk, alt-country and Americana, with a sprinkling of traditional tunes.
Independently and collectively they have shared the stage with array of prominent artisit within the folk scene including: Jean Butterworth and Laura Beth Salter, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass, Rab Noakes and the Battlefield Band.
Benedictus (Performing Sat)
Formed mid 2015 in the City of Dundee, David and Steven from Montrose and Dunfermline respectively met through studying the same course at Abertay University. Through their love of Dundee's live music scene they became acquainted with Simon and Andrew both students at Perth Music College.
Now joined as a band they bring theiur hard hitting rock and roll music with lyrics of the harsh reality of growing up in a working class Scotland and the multitude of relationships we experience through the years.
Shona Brown (Performing Sun)
Award-winning Scotish musician Shona Brown presents atmospheric songs and instrumentals by layering and looping haunting flute melodies, ethereal vocal harmonies and ambient electronic sounds.
Her imaginative style, described as having "pastroral beauty" by This is Music magazine includes elements of classical, minimalist, ambient and folk traditions.
Shona completed her acclaimed '10in10' project in August 2015, through which she has released 10 recordings in 10 months and featured regularly in the Herald Arts News.
Additional highlights of the last year include performing live on BBC Radio Scotland and STV Glasgow, playing with Mogwai to sell-out audiences at Glasgow Barrowlands, twice at King Tuts and a unique performance in Gaelictronica at CCA.
Shona has also played at festivals and venues across the country and collaborated with artists including Barbara Thompson, Eddie McGuire and the National Theatre of Scotland
Fir Na Ma (Performing Sat)
Fir Na Ma ( Irish,Scots gaelic for Plainsmen). We are all from the village of Plains just outside Airdrie. We are all firm friends and have known each other since we were boys, although we only started playing music together a number of years ago. We play popular Scottish/Irish tunes and have played gigs in the North Lanarkshire/Glasgow area, Lots of charity gigs also. We are passionate about music and having a good time
Check out the Programme for times of bands
HOST BAND & FESTIVAL ORGANISERS
Balvaig (Performing Sat)
Balvaig is best described as a good old fashioned Bothy Folk band. The band is named after our local river that winds its way through Strathyre linking Loch Voil at Balquhidder to Loch Lubnaig to the South of the Village.
Balvaig came about when Kenny Higgins and Cliff Uney met up in the Strathyre Inn back in December 2011. After some chat Kenny & Cliff discovered a music interest from their distant past. The two agreed to have an informal Jam, Kenny on Guitar and Cliff on Ukelele, Mandolin and Banjo. After a week or two in popped Tommy Anderson with his guitar and said he was also into drumming, Then Stevie Black popped in with his box of tricks - an accordian.
Through time, Mike Keeney was talked into coming along with a Bodhran, then Harmonicas and now Banjo and Mandolin. The band was transformed when a real singer and guitarist joined in the shape of Jane Booth. The music got better to a level where one day someone in the bar clapped - We were fair pleased as it was better than getting banned for making a noise. Along came singer No 2 - Greg Watson with his guitar and recent recruit Andy Bates with his Mandolin and whistle skills. Mikey Higgins pops in occasionally with vocal talents and guitar work.
This is Balvaig - and a fine bunch of "folk" they are.
We managed to go on Tour and picked up a few Gigs in Central Scotland and Tayside but really we were destined for bigger things. We were honoured to be chosen to play at the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn alongside Legend Ted Christopher and Graham Brown Band. It was a great night very close to the actual Battle ground.
It was one day back in 2012 that we came up with the idea - that Strathyre needed a Music Festival and low and behold - here we are in our 4th year.
Pop along on Saturday 28th May at 1pm for Balvaig's opening slot at the Festival.
We hope you have a great time.
Balvaig Band Members vary with a full compliment of up to 9 members:
Jane Booth Greg Watson Tommy Anderson Mike Keeney
Cliff Uney and Kenny Higgins founding members playing at the Battle of Bannockburn 700 year celebrations
Stevie Black Andy Bates Mikey Higgins
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