Strathyre Music Festival 2017

Strathyre Music Festival 2017.



Headline Performers




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 Dunde's live music scene they became acquainted with Simon and Andrew both Students at Perth Muisc College.



TX4 (Performing Sat )


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.

Riverside Ceilidh Band (Headlining Friday night)


The Stirling Riverside Ceilidh band plays both traditional Scottish and new tunes for dancing and listerning for parties, Wedding and concerts. Established in 2011 by members of the Stirling Riverside Music Projects, 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 Ceilidh Band back for what will be a spectacular Headline party atmosphere. Please take your partners along for a real shindig on Friday night.

Mudslide (Headlining Saturday night)


Mudslide are a 5 piece Blues band in Mid Argyll with a wealth of professional and 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 show you the moves!

Mudslide are great fans and supporters of the Festival and honoured to be headlining on the Saturday night their 4th year at Strathyre.

Papa Shandy and the Drams (Headlining Sunday 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.

Martha L. Healy ( Performing Sun )


Matha was raised on sounds of classic American artisits - such as Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, Suzanne Vega and The Travelling Wilbury -and the legendary Pasta 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 exporing country. folk, bluesceltic and welcoming the great new upsurge in the popularity of Americano - 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"

The John Hinshelwood Band (Performing Fri )



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


Fir Na Ma (Performing Fri )


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 togeather 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.

Hugh Kelly (Performing Sun )


Hugh Kelly is an Alt. Blues/Soul singer songwriter, based in Glasgow. He released his debut EP in Feb 2016. The Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman both featured him as their 'Artist of the week' at the end of Feb. He was selected as 'single of the week' in March on BBC Radio Scotland's Janice Forsyth Show.

Hugh completed a 10 date UK tour in May/June before launching into 45 solo gigs at the Edinburgh Festival Fridge in August 2016 - his highlights were performances for Scottish Television(STV) & also 2 performances for Radio Scotland & the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals.

Hugh's lastest single 'The Double' (released Nov 16) has had 100s of plays on Radio Stations throughout UK & USA - it was made 'single of the week' on Black Diamond FM, 'Single of the month' on North Highland Radio & he was 'Artist of the week' on Richer Unsighned in association with Q Magazine in December 2016.

2017 got off to a good start with 2 performances at Celtic Connection in Glasgow in January and a host of booking from February through to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August already in the diary.


Adriana Spina ( Performing Sat )


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 28th May.

Elsa Jean McTaggart ( Performing Sun )


Multi-instrumentalist (vocalist, guitar, fiddle, penny whistle and a button box, 5 star award winning Elsa Jean Mc Taggart brings you a fusion of Fiddle show-stoppers, original music and legendary folk songs and tunes. She is accompanied bt Mr Lister on Piano and piano accordion.

Elsa Jean McTaggart is a Scottish Superwoman of acoustic music. With her fabulas vocals, masterful ability to mix traditional folk and jazz and electronica and amusing anecdotes ignites the room with her awe inspiring mastery and passion for music of all genres.

Brought up in the heart of Scotland, Elsa's love affair began at an early age. The 5th child of 11 and great grand-daughter to the renowed Scottish painter William Taggart, Elsa grew up on a self sufficient small holding in remote area of the Tay Valley, Aberfeldy.

Wanted Men ( Performing Sun )


The wanted Men are a local band led by guitarist Sandy Macadam, with John ' The Barber ' Henry on bass guitar and drummer Tommy Anderson. 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

Sextet ( Performing 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.

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.

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

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


Dave Alan ( Performing Fri )


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.


Midtown Riot ( Performing Sat )



Midtown Riot are a six piece outfit from South Lanarkshire. This will be their third trip to Strathyre and they are delighted to be included. (Quote) – “The best wee festival in Scotland and we would hate to miss it.” 2016 was a big year for the 'Midtowners' Other highlights apart from Strathyre were headlining one of the tents at The Scribblers Picnic in Stirling, Headline Act for a charity day for Crohns & Colitis in Ayrshire, playing at Oxjam Glasgow in The Griffin as main support for Dr Feelguid, and not forgetting Headlining their very own local 'Gig In The Grounds' Music Festival in Douglas where they also had Clanadonia on the bill. 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.


Baile ( Performing Sun )


Baile are an exciting new trad band based around Glasgow. Selina Ross (Kippen), Callum Convoy (Balquhidder), Cameron Sharp (Plockton) and Euan McLaughlin (Edinburgh) met in early 2016 in Cromarty and began playing together. On Fiddle, Whistles, Pipes, Guitar, Banjo and Bodhran the four piece jump between driving tunes and gentle melodies. They've played with bands such as The Rachel Hair Trio and Tannara as well as their own headline gigs across Scotland.

Kerry and The Malting Boys ( Performing Sat )


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.

Folky MacFolk Face ( Performing Sat )


Folky MacFolk Face are a Scottish and Irish traditional music 4 piece. Its members are Dougie Torrance on guitar and vocals, Eabhnat Ní Laighin on fiddle and vocals, Jackie Mullen on mandolin, guitar and vocals and Nick Watson on accordion and vocals. The band write and perform their own songs as well as playing a wide variety of traditional pieces. Folky MacFolk Face’s music reflects the traditional music we love from upbeat, foot stomping blue grass to melodic airs and atmospheric laments that tug at your emotions.


Balvaig ( Performing Fri from 6:30pm )


is a local folk band with members mostly from the village of Strathyre


The band was formed in December 2011 by Kenny Higgins and Cliff Uney and after a few weeks playing at the Strathyre Inn, The band began to grow as Tommy Anderson arrived with Guitar and Bodhran, then Stevie Black, (Accordion) Jane Booth Guitar and Vocals, Mike Keeney (Bodhran and Harmonica, Greg Watson (Guitar and Vocals), and Andy Bates, (Mandolin and Pipes) Mikey Higgins (Guitar and Vocals) and Owen Uney (Banjo and Harmonica)- occasionally join in. taking the full compliment to ten.


Several members of Balvaig serve on the separate Strathyre Music Festival Committee to run what has become a popular annual event now going into its 5th year.


Details of the 5th Strathyre Music Festival will appear on these pages during the year.


Cliff Uney and Kenny Higgins founding members playing at the Battle of Bannockburn 700 year celebrations


Jane Booth Greg Watson Tommy Anderson Mike Keeney

Stevie Black Andy Bates Mikey Higgins