When Kenny Higgins and Cliff Uney met at Strathyre Inn in 2011 and chatted about music interests, they never really envisaged that their idea of a Jam Session would lead to the formation of a Folk Band which they named Balvaig after the local river in Strathyre. The small group kept growing with new members. They played a few Gigs around Scotland and one day during a Music Session they decided to try a small Music Event.
The idea grew in its original suggested format to what became the first Strathyre Music Festival in 2013. Now in its fourth year, the Strathyre Music Festival has become a popular friendly event attracting a great mix of established and up and coming stars.
Balvaig run Bothy Style Folk Sessions which is the type of popular format often seen in Ireland where people simply walk in and join in the Music, often bringing an instrument along. This format started when Tommy Anderson popped in with a Guitar and Bodhran, then Stevie Black appeared with an Accordion.
Cliff's son Owen, popped in with Banjo and Harmonica and Kenny's son - Mikey came along with his Guitar and unique voice. Mike Keeney was next to join the band, bringing along a Bodhran harmonica and then Banjo.
The Band was taking shape and then we had a boost when Jane Booth came into the pub with Husband Adrian to listen and thankfully was not put off with Jane adding Acoustic Guitar, Bass and considerable singing talents, then after a small degree of encouragement, Greig Watson Joined with Guitar and super voice and along with Jane brought along some new song ideas. Then more recently we received a real boost when Andy Bates came along with considerable skills on Mandolin, and Whistles.