Performers/Bands 2018


Friday Night Papa Shandy and the Drams

Saturday Night Midtown Riot



The weekends Line up

Kerry and the Malting Boys ( Performing Saturday night )


A very diverse band in that the music played is an amalgamation of various styles from band member’s previous years in music.

The sets include folk, blues rock, country and pop with the bands ability to adapt to various styles because of the four singers’ influences. The band also writes its own songs and will include at least one or two in each gig.

It consists of Colin Anderson, guitars, slide, banjo, bass and vocals, Philip McGee, guitars, bass, pedal slide and vocals, Bob Simpson, drummer, guitarist, mouthorgan and vocals, Tad Taylor, guitar, bass and backing vocals, and of course the lead singer and percussionist Kerry McMaster to front up the face of the band.

As regular visitors to Strathyre, the band are looking forward to returning this year to take part in the festival.

Papa Shandy and the Drams ( Headlining Friday night )


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 hireband, 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 bandavailable for hire today. Look forward to a sensational Headline performance.

Midtown Riot ( Headlining Saturday Night )



Midtown Riot are a six piece outfit from South Lanarkshire. This will be their fourth trip to Strathyre and they are delighted to be asked to Headline Saturday Night. (Quote) – “This is still the best wee festival in Scotland and we are honoured to be part of it.” They have a nice mix of tunes, some traditional and some modern, traces of the folk rock influence can still be found as their sound subsequently developed in the direction of a heavier pop/rock feel. They play a mix of covers, a little traditional folk with a Midtown Riot twist, some original material, and some rock with an accoustic slant. Often, when asked about what genre they come under their reply is that “We're not sure, but as long as the fans are enjoying it we'll keep playing it.”

Strathyre is now extra special for the 'Midtowners' as last year, Kenny (Lead Vocals and Guitars) got engaged to his now fiancee Lorna a few hours before the band took the stage.


Mudslide ( Performing Saturday night)


MUDSLIDE are a five piece Blues band from the wild west coast of Argyll who possess a wealth of professional and semi professional experience.

They deliver stormin' Blues of all styles from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eric 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. If their Mudslide Blues Brothers are with them then they will be showing you the moves on the dancefloor.

MUDSLIDE are great fans and supporters of the festival and were honoured to have headlined in 2016 and 2017.

Brimstone & Blake ( Performing Friday Night )


B&B got together in the summer of 2016 and started gigging instantly , playing over 50 gigs in the last year from Inverness to Eden festival in Dumfries. Inspired by the new breed of new orleans street musicians , and with a love of old bluegrass, blues, southern gospel and country acts such as Bessie Smith, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and more .

Brimstone & Blake play originals and a mix of standards from way back and our own take on well known hits with our signature 4 part vocal harmonies.


The John Hinshelwood Band ( Performing Friday Night )



Over the last three decades Lanarkshire based singer/songwriter John Hinshelwood’s finely crafted, country tinged songs have firmly established his reputation as a writer and performer of distinction.

He has recorded with, among others, ex Byrd Gene Parsons, legendary Scottish songwriter Rab Noakes, American singer/songwriter Kathy Stewart, and ex Poozie Patsy Seddon, as well as sharing a stage with many distinguished artistes including Roger McGuinn, Tim O’Brien, Dave Pegg, and Martin Simpson.

His live appearances have included Celtic Connections, Highland Festival, Wembley Country Festival, Perth’s Southern Fried Festival, and Summertyne Festival in Newcastle, in addition to headlining at most of the main acoustic music clubs in Scotland and many other venues across the folk/country/Americana music scene.

His CDs ‘Holler til Dawn’, ‘Shattered Pleasures’( a collaboration with Canadian singer Sandra Gellatly), and ‘Lowering the Tone’ have all received widespread critical acclaim, with the prestigious publication Maverick describing the latter as ‘ a superb album full of beautifully crafted songs’. A track from the CD, ‘What’s Left is what’s Right’, reached number 4 in the British/Irish Independent Country music chart.

The current line-up of the John Hinshelwood Band is -:

John Hinshelwood – acoustic guitar, vocals

Tim Black – acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, vocals

Ed McGlone – bass,Chapman stick, vocals

Frank McHugh – drums, percussion

Flathead4 ( Performing Friday Night )


If it’s raw dynamic rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll you want then look no further than the Flathead4.

A solid 4 piece delivering authentic covers of more obscure 50’s rockabilly together with new self-penned material.


Brian on lead vocals and rhythm guitar

Andy Love on drums

Al Gare - double bass, Al was the bass man for Imelda Mae for a few years and also played with Jeff Beck.

Darren Lince - lead guitar has played with a number of rockabilly outfits and has graced the stages at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Vegas and halfway around Europe.

Blistering guitar leads and hot double bass players, get ready for a hot ‘n’ frantic set that will leave you breathless.

Lazy Man's Burden ( Performing Saturday Afternoon)


Lazy Man's Burden are a 3 piece folk/roots band based in Peebles, Scottish Borders. A blend of traditional and contemporary influences portrayed through guitar, mandolin and 3 part vocal harmonies. Fresh out of a string of gigs - including Celtic Connections, folk festivals and a sell-out E.P. launch in Peebles - the band are looking forward to their first gig in the Highlands. The local lads draw influence from the powerful harmonies delivered by ‘The Staves’, the delicate flow of ‘The Milk Carton Kids’ and the rawness of ‘Gillian Welch’. Come join them for a set that sweeps from moody lows to foot-stomping highs!

Dave Allan (Opening the Festival on Friday Night )


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.


Drouthy Neebors ( Performing Saturday Afternoon )


Are a hard working Scottish folk group, they are now pretty well established on the Edinburgh music scene, the Drouth as they are affectionally called play mainly Scottish and Irish traditional songs played with blood curdling aggression and attitude or soulful melodic expression, and everything inbetween, humor and audience participation are key to the bands performances and following the release of their first album

‘Battletunes and ballads’ the group are looking forward to expanding their musical footprint and enjoying the journey !


Folky MacFolk Face ( Performing Saturday Night)


is a Scottish and Irish folk band playing its own original songs ranging in style from beautiful laments to rhythmic, up tempo bluegrass. Band members are: Dougie Torrance on guitar and vocals, Eabhnat Ní Laighin on fiddle and vocals, Nick Watson on accordion and vocals and Jackie Mullen on guitar, mandolin, ukulele and vocals. Formed at the end of 2016, the band made its debut live performance on the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. This performance was subsequently featured on STV. Since then, the band has been busy playing live, writing and recording. The band's debut album 'When Night Falls' was released in January 2018. For further information, please go to

The Dodgy Characters ( Performing Saturday Night )



"The Dodgy Characters are a Piano-Boogie, Cajun, Yeeeeeeee-hah, Foot-stompin, Arm-twistin’ band on the run, according to Police Reports.

As well as lucrative money-laundering rackets, they also have a well-honed musical racket.

It has been said that if you don’t want to dance and smile at their gigs, you are probably dead. Or you soon will be once Their Management hears about it.

The band’s “ON PAROLE” tour is now five years old, and there is little prospect of time off for good behaviour.

They headlined Glasgow’s Gibson Street Gala, have provided a supporting racket to Eddi Reader, Hue and Cry and many other musical dodgy characters, and consistently feature on Interpol’s MOST WANTED."




Adriana Spina ( Performing Saturday Afternoon )


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 for more information, music, videos and more. Adriana is a must see act on Saturday afternoon.

Strumelele ( Performing Saturday Evening )


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

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

Neon Hurricane ( Performing Saturday Evening )


Neon Hurricane formed in 2016! Debuting our music at the Hard Rock Cafe glasgow infront of a sold out crowd! Throughout the years we’ve received thousands of hours of airplay in the USA and UK! Musical styles is a mix of Aerosmith, Queen and KISS!


Our biggest accolades so far have been: playing the Birmingham Arena ahead of Alice Cooper to fronting a variety of newspapers based on landing the Cooper Gig!