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Festivals! Scotland's Music

the Scottish music festival supplement from MUSIC NEWS Scotland

Charismatic singer and pianist Kandace Springs is one of the key attractions at this year's Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival from 14-23 July - see page 15

INSIDE: Arran Folk :: TradFest :: TRNSMT :: Glasgow Jazz :: HebCelt :: Eden Festival :: Edinburgh Jazz & Blues :: Argyll Gathering :: Cumnock Tryst ..... PLUS our Scottish music festival listings

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Arran Folk has their "Best Ever" line-up Arran :: 9-11 June :: Buy tickets @

Arran Folk Festival says it has its best line-up so far with, once again, an impressive array of renowned musicians.

from Lincolnshire, whose playing style includes a strong bluegrass/ Americana influence. To complete the line-up on the first night we have Mike and Stef. This infamous duo spent a couple of decades playing their distinctive and often original music to audiences all over Arran. The festival is delighted to host their reunion at this year's On the opening night, Friday 9 June Festival. Their blend of catchy tunes and good humour is sure to set the features Top Floor Taivers, a mood for a great evening's young and fresh Glasgow based entertainment. band performing traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and Saturday night (10 June) kicks off tunes. Coming from Scotland, with a set from Rab Noakes who is England and Ireland, Top Floor a name to be reckoned with in the Taivers combine stunning vocals world of Scottish music. 2017 with piano, fiddle and clarsach to marks Rab's 50th year as a create unique arrangements of professional musician. It also sees traditional folk songs and tunes as him turn 70 and tonight's show is well as their own compositions. part of his 70/50 tour to celebrate this milestone. An accomplished Being welcomed back are Jenn singer-songwritier with a lifelong Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter who have been active in the interest in popular song and folk UK folk music scene for a number of music. As well as opening the final night of this year's Festival Rab will years and are no strangers to the also be hosting an illustrative Arran Folk Festival having previously performed here in 2014. songwriting workshop on Sunday. Hailing from Dumfries & Galloway, Bring the concert to a close is The Jenn moved to Glasgow in 2000 and Tannahill Weavers who are one of since then has been in high demand Scotland's premier traditional as a guitarist and singer. Laurabands. With a repertoire of songs Beth is a mandolin player, originally

and tunes spanning the centuries and capturing everything from slow ballads to foot-stompin' jigs and reels, The Tannahill Weavers are widely regarded as some of the finest cultural ambassadors for Scotland's rich Celtic heritage. Still featuring founding members Roy Gullane (vocals and guitar) and Phil Smilie (flute, whistles, bodhran, vocals), the line-up is completed by John Martin (fiddle and vocals) and most recent recruit Lorne MacDougall (bagpipes, small pipes and whistles). Lauded everywhere they go, we are sure tonight's headline set will be one to remember.

on Friday & Saturday. Open Sessions (hosted by Uncle Keith) will take place at The Douglas Hotel on Friday, Saturday & Sunday afternoon - the sessions all offer free entry and all are welcome (either just to listen or bring an instrument and join in!). The Sunday afternoon session includes a mini-concert featuring Uncle Keith's pick of the weekends best session performers.

There are two workshops on offer this year – a fiddle workshop with Gráinne Brady (of Top Floor Taivers fame) on Saturday 10 June, and is suitable for all abilities and ages, and Rab Noakes will be running an illustrative songwriting workshop on Sunday 11 June – a rare opportunity not to be missed. Tickets for both workshops and further information can be purchased from the website. Following on from last year’s format, at this year’s Festival there are evening concerts in Brodick Hall

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DOSCA Come Out On Top, Fighting Off Fierce Competition At The Battle Of The Folk Bands Organised By Hands Up For Trad At TradFest The penultimate night of TradFest 2017 saw DOSCA – one of Scotland’s most promising trad acts – reign victorious, after a panel of judges declared them the winners of the debut Battle of the Folk Bands competition. DOSCA - an energetic five-piece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, guitar, bass and drums - had stiff competition from HECLA, The Iona Fyfe Band, Tradosaurus and TRIP. But the judging panel, made up of five musical powerhouses including Ross Ainslie and Joy Dunlop, crowned them winners, before acclaimed musician and composer, Jim Sutherland, presented them with a trophy.

and Culture Scotland), the national network for traditional arts - is a vibrant twelve-day showcase of live performances, walks, dances, exhibitions and street shows.

said: “TradFest is a proud supporter of the traditional arts, we always look forward to celebrating the vast array of talent Scotland is producing. Battle of the Folk Bands was a perfect way to end another hugely successful Both Hands Up for Trad and TradFest teamed up year of TradFest 2017 and well done to all that to stream the concert live via YouTube, allowing took part in the competition.” fans worldwide to tune in.

As well as the prestigious title, DOSCA’s prize includes a day’s recording at Caribou recordings, along with the chance to perform at various festivals including the world-renowned Celtic Connections, TradFest and The Skye Festival.

Event Founder and Hands Up for Trad Creative Director, Simon Thoumire, said: “I’d like to offer a huge congratulation to DOSCA, their performance on the night was just great. I’d also like to thank everyone who entered our Battle of the Folk Band competition, Hands Up for Trad exists to promote Scottish traditional music through education, information the wealth of talent was outstanding but unfortunately, there could only be one winner. and advocacy to artists, participants and audiences and continue to be at the forefront of At Hands Up for Trad, we’re passionate about helping support and nurture artists in the providing highly visible platform, helping to Scottish traditional music industry, and events nurture young talent. The organisation is like Battle of the Folk Bands give musicians a supported by Creative Scotland, the platform to showcase their talents.” development body for the arts and creative industries in Scotland. Associate Director at TRACS (Traditional TradFest - organised by TRACS (Traditional Arts

Arts and Culture Scotland), David Francis,

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TRNSMT Reveals Biffy Clyro Meet & Greet Competition, Mobile App, Official Map, Street Food And Smirnoff House Glasgow :: 7-9 July :: Buy tickets @

With summer fast approaching and TRNSMT taking over Glasgow next month, festival organisers have today revealed an exclusive festival meet and greet competition with headliners Biffy Clyro, along with plans for Smirnoff House and street food to get fans really excited for three Biffy Clyro :: days of festival fever In celebration of their only Scottish show this TRNSMT line-up. over 7-9 July. year, Biffy Clyro are offering TRNSMT fans a chance to meet the band at the festival in Glasgow Green on 9th July. The exclusive competition will allow one lucky fan and a friend to meet and greet the band before they take to the stage for their headline show. Everyone who purchases a TRNSMT ticket which includes attendance on the Sunday* before Monday 5 June at 11:59 PM will be automatically entered. Those who have already purchased a TRNSMT ticket which includes attendance on the Sunday* will also be automatically entered into the draw.

In what will be a true celebration of all things tasty, a selection of some of Glasgow’s most delicious street food trucks will park up in Glasgow Green for TRNSMT weekend, bringing delicious offerings from around the globe. The perfect place to relax and take in the epic festival vibes, foodies can get their hands on nutritious cuisine from Glasgow’s Martha’s who are famous for their hearty and healthy fast food. From salads, juices, curries and more, Martha’s are sure to put a smile on the face of hungry festival-goers this summer. Babu Bombay Street Kitchen is known for mouthwatering family recipes and home-style cooking, creating delicious Indian treats from seasonal and fresh ingredients. The Crema Caravan will bring an edge to the street food trucks at this year’s TRNSMT, offering irresistible crème brûlée treats to the green!

Nomad Glasgow are experts at creating truly delectable wood fired Italian pizzas with high Across the three days quality toppings to suit every taste. Lovingly of TRNSMT, Biffy Clyro cooked in their authentic wood fire oven, Nomad are joined by fellow Glasgow is the perfect addition to the street headliners Radiohead truck massive at this year’s festival. Finally, and Kasabian, and looking after all the veggies and vegans will be supported by an awardGoodness Gracious who are connoisseurs at winning line-up including outdoor street food and have been since 1989. The 1975, Catfish and With a simple ethos that the best ingredients, the Bottlemen, London skillfully combined, make amazing food, we’re Grammar, Two Door delighted to welcome Goodness Gracious street Cinema Club, Blossoms, food to this year’s event. Rag‘n’Bone Man, George Ezra, The Kooks, Stormzy Fans can get a glimpse of the festival site for the first time with the release of the map of the new and more. TRNSMT site. Set to takeover one of Glasgow’s TRNSMT are delighted to much-loved parks, TRNSMT’s Glasgow Green announce the addition of home will feature brilliant stages of music and Smirnoff House to this thousands of fans over three days this summer. year’s event. The Smirnoff Download a hi-res site map @ House will offer a selection of Smirnoff cocktails as well as DJs all day long. More details about Smirnoff House will be revealed in the coming weeks, and it marks another fantastic addition to this year’s

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Glasgow Jazz Festival to host 5th Scottish Jazz Awards in Glasgow Glasgow :: 21-25 June ::

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Glasgow Jazz Festival is once again running The Scottish Jazz Awards as part their June celebrations of all things jazz.

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and promoters have selected the below shortlists for five awards, and the public were able to choose the winners by voting for their favourites at www.

The Scottish Jazz Awards, which hold a "valuable purpose for the jazz community in Scotland" according to musician and broadcaster, Todd Gordon, who will be hosting the awards, have been welcomed back by many across the Scottish music industry.

BEST ALBUM AWARD sponsored by Birnam CD Colin Steele Quartet, Even in the Darkest Places Fat-Suit, Atlas The 5th Scottish Jazz Awards will be revived in New Focus, On Song 2017 in association with Hands Up For Trad, after Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Beauty & The being absent from the industry for four years. The Beast featuring Bill Evans awards will aim to celebrate Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene and support acts and talent across the country. Square One, In Motion The awards ceremony will be held on the closing night A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD sponsored by of this year’s 31st Glasgow Jazz Festival in the City of Susan Rose will also be presented at the awards ceremony. Previous winners have included Bobby Music Studio at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Sunday 25 June. A nominating panel of press, media Wellins, Tam White, Ronnie Rae and Jim Mullen.

Jill Rodger, Director of Glasgow Jazz Festival, said: “Glasgow Jazz Festival in association with Hands Up For Trad are delighted to once again bring the Scottish Jazz Awards to Glasgow, a city already so rich in its jazz heritage. We’re looking forward to honouring some of the best in the business, and opening the public vote to jazz fans across the country. Good luck to all those nominated!”

The nominations for the 5th Scottish Jazz Awards: BEST VOCALIST AWARD sponsored by The Brunswick Hotel Ali Affleck Carol Kidd Georgia Smith Maggie Nicols Seonaid Aitken BEST BAND/ENSEMBLE AWARD sponsored by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music Colin Steele Quartet Fat-Suit New Focus Rose Room Scottish National Jazz Orchestra BEST INSTRUMENTALIST AWARD sponsored by ESP Music Rentals Alyn Cosker Brian Kellock Konrad Wiszniewski Martin Taylor Steve Hamilton RISING STAR AWARD sponsored by Musicians’ Union Alan Benzie Fergus McCreadie

Laura MacDonald, who will be performing at the festival said, “For me, the Jazz Awards are essential to keep jazz on the same platform as all other recognised genres of music in Scotland. Scotland is lucky to be the home of some of the finest jazz musicians in the world and we should be able, and proud, to highlight that immense talent. “ And Professor Dr Tommy Smith, a musician and educator agreed, “The resurrection of the Scottish Jazz Awards (is an) important platform, and provides our small but talented professional jazz community a real inspirational lift that reverberates across Europe and beyond.” The revitalized awards will once again bring together the best in Scottish jazz to honour some of the most talented and revered musicians in the industry. Jazz from Scotland will sponsor the drinks reception and tickets can be purchased by visiting the website above or calling 08444 539027. From 21-25 June, Glasgow will be transformed by a wealth of home-grown and international jazz talent taking over some of the most iconic venues in the city. Highlights include centenary celebrations of jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Buddy Rich, a highly anticipated set from “the most listened to pianist on the planet”- the Neil Cowley Trio, rising stars Nerija, a sure to be unforgettable evening with the legendary Ginger Baker, plus the inimitably talented Theo Croker. After last year’s remarkable 30th year celebrations, the festival is back, bigger and better than ever.

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HebCelt Stage Awaits CalMac Culture Music Winner Tamzene Stornoway :: 19-22 July :: Buy tickets @

Scottish singer songwriter Tamzene has won a prestigious stage slot in front of an international audience at the award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer. The 20-year-old multi-instrumentalist from the Highland village of Cromarty in the Black Isle, was one of the winners of the 2017 CalMac Culture Music contest, run by ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne and aimed at finding the best emerging singers and musicians. Each act submitted a YouTube video to the competition website with the chance to play at different summer festivals in Scotland. Tamzene will now play at the renowned HebCelt festival, which will be held from 19-22 July in Stornoway in the island of Lewis, and will be headlined by The Waterboys, Imelda May, Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan. She said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Stornoway, and being part of another great Scottish festival. I hope to be playing to some familiar faces too.” Tamzene started her musical career aged eight, learning piano and violin, and at 14 she took up the guitar and began writing her own material. She later attended Gordonstoun School and honed her skills busking on the streets of Inverness to raise funds for a school project to build water tanks in Thailand. She is currently a full-time student at Leeds College of Music. After a long period writing songs on her own, Tamzene recently started collaborating with Scottish songwriter Joe McAlinden at his studio in Argyll. Her debut single, ‘Lullaby’, recorded and produced by McAlinden and mixed by Grammy award-winner David Donaldson, was released in April by Belladrum Records. Tamzene was the first artist signed to the label, set up by the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. She was one of the showcase artists at the

music business convention MUSExpo in Los Angeles from 30 April - 2 May. Previous showcase artists at the event, which focuses on A&R and talent scouting, include Katy Perry, Jessie J and LMFAO. Caroline Maclennan, HebCelt’s director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tamzene to the festival where she will be performing to our international audience. She is a real talent and someone we are very excited about bringing to HebCelt.

festival and we are sure that Tamzene will enjoy playing and be well received on Lewis".

“Providing a platform for young musicians like Tamzene fits well with our philosophy to encourage and promote emerging artists.” CalMac Ferries is a long-time supporter of HebCelt and has confirmed it is to sponsor the event again later this year. Peter Griffiths, CalMac marketing manager, said: “HebCelt is a very unique and special

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Eden Festival Needs You! Volunteers are essential to a festival's smooth running Dumfries & Galloway :: 8-11 June :: Buy tickets @

Every year Eden Festival recruits around 300 volunteers a year to help with the planning and the execution of the festival. There are a variety of volunteering roles available from stage management, artist liaison, compering, bar staff, ticket office staff, site artists and wardens etc. Right now they are looking for volunteers to work on their magnificent garden this year. Founder and Head of Production Adam Curtis said: “One thing that makes Eden Festival special is that it is not a hire in jobbie it is hand built each year by local volunteers (and some from further afield), young and old, with a lot of time, sweat and community spirit going in to creating the magnificent Garden every year - this makes for a more intimate and unique festival.” If you would like to be involved in creating the great Garden then you can email Scotland’s second largest music festival of 2017 will be returning to the Raehills Meadows of Dumfries and Galloway on June 8th -11th for its 9th year. Hosting twelve different stages with 300 performers, Eden Festival really does cater for all. Eden hosts an eclectic mix of music and stages; whether you want to relax in the hammocks and dip your toe in the water, hang

out in auld Celtic drinking dens, get the kids involved in games and crafts sessions, take part in a paint fight or simply dance till the sun comes up whilst meeting amazing like minded individuals, then Eden Festival is for you. Co- Director Meredith Langley Vine “We can’t believe the amazing amount of talented and revered artists coming to this year’s Eden Festival, it really is starting to attract a stampede of established acts as the festival grows and evolves.” Eden Festival’s playlist includes; hip hop, dance, RnB, acoustic, soul, funk, dubstep, disco, dancehall, electronica, ska, pop, African dance, jungle, Balkan beat, drum & bass and Celtic music, playing together side by side. More acts will be announced shortly!

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival launches its full programme Edinburgh :: 14-23 July :: Buy tickets @

2017 is a special year for Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Over 10 summer days we celebrate 100 years of Jazz with a range of unique performances and special events, as Edinburgh celebrates 70 years of Festivals. The programme, packed with uplifting music, features over 170 concerts, with an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends and established blues stars to newcomers at the start of their careers, as the Festival once again creates its distinctive, one-of-a-kind event. No other Festival covers Jazz and Blues, across all the styles with such depth and quality, and so many unique events. Musical heavy-hitters in 2017 include guitar greats, John Scofield and Mike Stern, who are both performing with all star bands; The Bad Plus, the group changed the face of the piano trio; new charismatic star singer and pianist Kandace Springs; the Music Makers Blues Revue with a galaxy of legendary southern blues veterans; Sarah McKenzie, the successor to Diana Krall. The ebullient Davina Sowers returns for an extended Festival residency and is joined by Italian troubadours Rumba de Bodas, who also stay for the ten days. The Festival celebrates the Centenary of Jazz with a decidedly Scottish flavour, with the annual Expo series of performances playing an expanded role. Seonaid Aitken celebrates Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Smith salutes Coltrane; Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson are inspired by Stan Getz; Tom Gordon is swinging like Basie, Ryan Quigley revives Dizzy Gillespie, and Calum Gourlay rejigs Thelonious Monk; along with a host of other modern interpretations of the works of the jazz greats. Edinburgh pianist, Brian Kellock is in residency for the ten nights playing in a host of different projects which are close to his heart and with a series of guests including Lianne Caroll, Scott Robinson, Fionna Duncan. New Orleans is where jazz began and the first jazz recording was made in 1917. The city’s music has evolved in many exciting directions but still remains an extraordinary melting pot of musical styles and great players. Its one of the most vibrant places for jazz and blues today. In 2017, we present over 30 concerts featuring New Orleans music, from the Louis Armstrong inspired New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band, to the second line brass of Soul Brass Band to the funk of Smokers World and Dumpstaphunk, the new modern jazz star of the trombone, David L Harris, and the hip-hop infused Hot 8 Brass Band. We also offer classic New Orleans Cajun music with the Savoy Family Cajun Band. New Orleans guests are sprinkled through out the programme playing with Scottish bands as diverse as Swampfog, and the Spirits of Rhythm. The highlight of the season is the Festival’s gala concerts with the New Orleans Classic Big Band, the singer, Ingrid Lucia, and an all star selection of small groups.

Looking to the new, the Festival features a hugely exciting new group of young Scottish jazz musicians, including singer Luca Manning, saxophonist Matt Carmichael, pianist Fergus McCreadie, fiddler Charlie Stewart, and bassist David Bowden. We are also delighted to host a new wave of musicians from Europe including Aga Derlak (Poland), Dock In Absolute (Luxembourg), Fragile Bliss (Czech Republic), Jacob Karlzon Trio (Sweden) and a trio of young pianists from Italy Alessandro Lanzoni, Manuel Magrini and Enrio Zanisi. The Edinburgh University Jazz Summer School expands to include a course for singers in addition to the regular course for instrumentalists. Cross The Tracks celebrates cutting–edge new music, crossing the boundaries between jazz and contemporary urban music. Ibibio Sound Machine, Yussef Dayes, Hot 8 Brass Band, Paul Harrison Sugarwork, Herschel 36 and Soweto Kinch connect us to the worlds of hip-hop, afrolatin, punk and electronica. Our Blues programme crosses all the boundaries too: Southern blues, delta blues, Mississippi blues, Chicago blues, electric blues, acoustic blues; the Festival hosts American stars and all the best homegrown talent. Lisa Mills, Hamilton Loomis, Mr Sipp, Brandon Santini, Earl Thomas, and John Nemeth, Grainne Duffy, Matt Schofield and Connie Lush are amongst the international visitors, with the Scottish contingent including The Jensen Interceptors, Gerry Jablonski, Dana Dixon, Charlotte Marshall, Main Street Blues and Neil Warden. We mark the end of the legendary Edinburgh Blues band Blues N Trouble with a tribute gig put together by front man Tim Elliott, and we signal Tim’s ongoing interests as he turns his attentions to a new project, saluting the sound of the great blues shouters of the 50s “The Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund ensures that Scotland’s own exceptional talent is placed and 60s. at the heart of our world-renowned festivals and The Festival also features gospel (The Blind Boys I’m pleased that we’ve awarded more over £1 of Alabama, The Coco Mamas), Cajun (The million to the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival Savoy Family), Western Swing (Cow Cow since 2009. This year will be another great Boogie), soul and funk (Cyndi Cain, Hamish showcase of jazz and blues from across the Stuart, James Brown Is Annie) and Carolina’s world for both national and international Gullah Music (Ranky Tanky). audiences. Scottish musicians will lead new projects that show the breadth of ambition The 2017 Festival has changed its venue portfolio with a new Spiegeltent in West Princes within the jazz sector in Scotland. Artists benefit Street Gardens at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, significantly from the global exposure festivals can bring and our funding will ensure this the beautifully refurbished and intimate Rose festival continues to grow and reach even more Theatre and the Traverse Café joining the people than ever before.” grandeur of The Festival Theatre, the Festival hub of George Square (now with two tented Lynne Halfpenny, Director of Culture for the venues) and the iconic Jazz Bar. City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Marking 100 years of Jazz and 70 years of Edinburgh’s Festival City status, the 2017 programme will bring a distinctive mix of music and international talent to the heart of the city. Taking the Festival back to where it all began in 1978, the Spiegeltent will be located in West Princes Street "The jazz tradition in Scotland is iconic and Gardens this summer while the newly renovated known worldwide. Today’s vibrant scene is Rose Theatre will feature as a key Jazz Festival constantly evolving and growing and our Festival venue for the first time. Just as the venues are continues to nurture and support both – the varied, the programme remains rich in diversity, tradition and the future," said Cllr Jason Rust, with performers ranging from 18 to 80 Chair of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues encompassing every style of jazz and blues and Festival Board of Directors, “we hope the related music. We are delighted to continue our Festival transcends the music itself and gets support for the Festival in this milestone year.” people downtown to see and experience a Festival to remember." Fiona Hyslop, The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: With the backdrop of Edinburgh’s skyline the Festival will take to the streets with two free events. The Mardi Gras in The Grassmarket (Saturday 15 July) and The Edinburgh Festival Carnival in Princes Street (Sunday 16 July)

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Bombskare, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon Five and more unmissable names added to Argyll Gathering line up! Helensburgh :: 19-20 August :: Buy tickets @ Following the announcement that major new Helensburgh event Argyll Gathering is to take place 19-20 August, exciting new artists have been added.

Young Traditional Musician finalist Ryan Young, Pippa Reid Foster and Rebecca’s Ruin.

City ska outfit Bombskare, winners of Britain’s Best Part-time Band, juggernaut into Helensburgh with their unique live performance. Have Mercy Las Vegas, Well Happy Band, Ainsley Hamill, Creative Martyrs add to Sunday’s exciting programme.

delicious food, sweet treats, a carefully selected beer and ale bar, an independent spirits bar and children’s entertainment, as well as a community workshop tent, this completes a packed music, arts and culture bill.

Further weekend additions include, Mickey 9s, BBC Radio Scotland

These artists join Runrig‘s Donnie Munro, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Treacherous Orchestra, Bwani Junction who will perform “Graceland” by Paul Simon, Elephant Sessions, Manran, Federation of the Disco Pimp, Breakout band Colonel Mustard & Jarlath Henderson Band, Blue the Dijon 5 bring their “Yellow Rose Code, Daimh, Fat-Suit, Movement” to Argyll. Having Pronto Mama and Nae Plans achieved a capacity Barrowland (Adam Sutherland & Hamish Ballroom crowd, being described as Napier). the band of the festival at Zandari Prepare for secret headliners to be Fest in South Korea in October, announced in the near future! then selling out the O2 ABC in December, their performance will With Food From Argyll providing no doubt wow the crowds. local produce and an array of

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James MacMillan announces 2017 Cumnock Tryst Festival programme Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck :: 28 September - 1 October ::

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Sir James MacMillan announced the programme for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in the Dumfries Arms and the launch also featured a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October. “The Cumnock Tryst is now four years old and we are delighted to bring another exciting Festival of great music to East Ayrshire,” says Sir James. “We have a wonderful array of artists joining us this year in a programme that showcases the very best in performance by professional, amateur and young musicians, and gives an important platform to local talent alongside internationally renowned soloists and ensembles.”

Granny Green :: musicians and I are already looking forward to spending four days at the Festival performing across a wide range of events. A particular highlight has been working on our first cocommission together, a piece by composer and pianist Dave Maric, which we’re excited to be performing on the opening night alongside percussionist Colin Currie.”

the Cumnock-born violinist who wowed the audience in the inaugural festival, will make a welcome return. On Saturday 30 September the talented Royal Conservatoire of Scotland traditional music group, Gnoss, will give a Coffee and Cake Concert

The Cumnock Tryst Festival Club, the relaxed late evening event, this year features “I am delighted to announce that our Artists in Centrestage Gospel and Soul Choir making their Residence this year are the wonderful Scottish The historic Dumfries Arms Hotel has been a key Cumnock Tryst debut on Thursday 28 Ensemble. They will launch the Festival on the venue for The Cumnock Tryst since its inception. September. On Saturday night, 30 September Thursday night and be involved every day in one This year marks the hotel’s 300th anniversary, Granny Green, the trio of talented musicians, thing or another as well as in our on-going and The Tryst will join the celebrations with a who helped launch the 2016 Festival with such education programme. From the beginning we range of events, including the Festival Club. elan, will once again showcase their quirky have been committed to ensuring the widest sound world created on trumpet, tuba and On Friday 29 September at 5pm The Cumnock possible access to The Cumnock Tryst festival accordion. Hour will bring together Paul MacAlindin with with special discounts for under 26s and local James Knox of the Boswell Book Festival to “From the beginning the Dumfries Arms Hotel residents, and a range of free events such as has been an important venue for the Tryst, not the Festival Club,” adds Sir James. “This year we explore the story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. A beacon of hope and least as the home of our popular Festival Club,” will be extending this commitment to include a achievement, the young musicians and their says Sir James. “We are delighted to help the new opportunity offering up to two free tickets tutors made bridges across ethnic divisions and historic venue celebrate its 300th anniversary for under 16s with every full price ticket made great music in the most trying and tragic with this diverse programme of performances purchased. This offer will be available for all of circumstances. The “in conversation” is part and events.” Festival events.” of a collaboration between two leading Ayrshire "We were thrilled to be invited to be the official festivals, The Cumnock Tryst and the Boswell Artists in Residence at this year’s Cumnock Book Festival. Tryst, adds Scottish Ensemble Artistic At 9pm on Friday 29 September, Ian Peaston, Director, Jonathan Morton. “The SE Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Dumfries Arms .....

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Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival

Oban Live

Kirkcudbright 8-11 June 2017

Oban 2-3 June

The 20th annual festival in this unique small Scottish town will endeavour to maintain the "We are delighted to announce that Trail West, Mànran and Tide Lines will join us in Oban as not high musical standards set by previous festivals. only are they great friends but they are three of Visitors will have the chance to enjoy top class and highly professional artistes, some on a first the most exciting acts on the Scottish scene today - all bringing their own brand and fusion of time visit, as well as some old favourites, west coast music. We still have three more acts ensuring that the festival caters for jazz lovers of to announce as well as some other special guests all ages who appreciate quality as well as variety in their entertainment. so watch this space for more exciting announcements.” Daniel Gillespie Artistic Director for Oban Live.

Eden Festival


Raehills Meadows 8-11 June

Glen Fyne 2-4 June

Scotlands second largest music festival of 2017 will be returning to the Raehills Meadows of Dumfries and Galloway on 8-11 June for its 9th Three days of beer, food and music in the beautiful highlands of Scotland. FyneFest returns year. Hosting twelve different stages with 300 for 2017 with over 150 craft beers, amazing local performers, Eden Festival really does cater for all. Eden hosts an eclectic mix of music and food and a diverse music line-up across three stages; whether you want to relax in the stages. All set in the stunning surroundings of hammocks and dip your toe in the water, hang Glen Fyne. out in auld Celtic drinking dens, get the kids involved in games and crafts sessions, take part in a paint fight or simply dance till the sun comes up whilst meeting amazing like minded individuals, then Eden Festival is for you.

Glasgow West End Festival Glasgow 2-25 June

Arran Folk Festival

The West End Festival (WEF) is Glasgow’s largest cultural event and every June takes over the imaginations of participants and visitors in the west end of Glasgow. In 2017 it celebrates its 22nd year. Over 100 Glasgow-based organisations, arts groups and local and international artists deliver a mixture of activities and projects, overseen by a small festival team. The WEF brings all of these activities together in the festival programme and includes events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings, and many are free of charge to allow accessibility.

Isle of Arran 9-11 June

Leith Festival

The 23rd Arran Folk Festival line up is now online and tickets are available to purchase! Once again the festival are very proud of the musicians that they have booked to appear this year with some big names on the folk scene lined up who are all very enthusiastic about coming over to play Arran - an impressive array of renowned musicians.

for it’s second year, Killin Music Festival looks to solidify it’s standing in the festival calendar, taking on board feedback from visitors, and by spreading it’s wings a bit further this time. Don't miss out for 2017! Tickets are on sale now via our website and are selling fast!

Riverside Rock Jedburgh 17 June

Riverside Rock is a musical extravaganza with something for everyone young and old and designed primarily to help raise cash for our chosen charity and other organisations around the Scottish Borders. Live music from bands, Showaddywaddy, Pilot, The Beatles Revolution, Scooty and the Skyhooks, Scocha, The Stare, DarkHorse and DJ Greg Anderson. Children’s Entertainment includes, Laser Quest, Inflatables of all sorts, Climbing Walls, Wrecking Ball, Kids Fun Fair Rides and much more. Kids entertainment is free for under 18’s from 12pm till 6pm. You’ll not find a better value family festival anywhere in Scotland, Riverside Rock is the place to be.

Glasgow Jazz Festival Glasgow 21-25 June Glasgow Jazz Festival has announced a stellar line-up in its 31st edition, bringing its annual supply of world class musicians and upcoming superstars to one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Glasgow will be transformed by a wealth of home-grown and international jazz talent taking over some of the most iconic venues in the city.

Glasgow Trombone Weekend Glasgow 22-25 June

Glasgow is to play host to leading brass virtuosi as international performers including Christian Edinburgh Lindberg and Mnozil Brass descend on the city 10-18 June for the Glasgow Trombone Weekend. The Inverness events, which run from 22-25 June, will take Leith Festival celebrates all that Leith has to 7-8 June place in City Halls and the Royal Conservatoire, offer – our heritage, our culture, our diversity, with students and staff from the institution our future and our people. It is a community arts among those taking part. XpoNorth is Scotland's leading Creative Industries festival. Formerly known as goNORTH, festival that encompasses all art forms which it takes place every June in the Highland capital comes together in a fantastic 10 day programme in June each year. We have over 380 events in of Inverness over two vibrant days and nights. over 50 venues across Leith. By day, XpoNorth hosts around 25 panels and workshops featuring leading industry players in the fields of fashion and craft, publishing, screen Inverness and broadcast and music. By night, it offers an 23-24 June authentic blend of Highland hospitality in the form of networking events, coupled with a free Northern Roots festival was started by Bruce Killin new music showcase at various venues across MacGregor in 2009 to highlight upcoming folk Inverness city centre. 16-18 June and roots artists but has developed to showcase the best talents in Scottish music. Bruce said: Killin Music Festival delivers a weekend packed “It’s a festival that prides itself in booking from start to finish with top-of-their-game brilliant acts. I’m lucky in my profession as a artists, supported by a festival fringe featuring musician and a radio presenter to meet and hear bar sessions, workshops, kids activities, so many superb musicians and this is our chance competitions and even a pipe band! Now heading to get them on our very own festival. It’s really a


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Wildfire Festival 23-25 June 2017 South Lanarkshire

reputation, hand crafted and honed over the last eight years, as one of the most unique and exceptional festivals in the UK. Their 2017 lineup demonstrates as strong an appreciation for underground club culture and rock, as for folk, jazz, electronica and world music, tying together programming strands deliberately traditional and historical with the contemporary and forward looking. Scotland's classic rock and metal festival. This is Scotland's only 3 day annual, Classic Rock and Heavy Metal Festival. Wildfire Festival is making a commitment to be the rock festival that puts emerging rock bands first, with 45 slots on our two main stages ring-fenced specifically for new Stonehaven and unsigned talent. 6-9 July The pretty North East coastal town of Stonehaven comes alive with a vibrant mix of traditional and contemporary “Folk” music and song. Concerts, Ceilidh, Sessions, Singarounds, The Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire Workshops and fun things to do. Come and join 23-25 June us as Stonehaven Folk Festival celebrates its 29th year. 2017 Guests include Irish Singer and Solas Festival is an allage arts festival held in Piper Jarlath Henderson, renowned Scottish Perthshire from 17 to 19 June, with hip-hop, Fiddler John McCusker, Mancunian Mike electro loops and some of the finest folk and McGoldrick and friends, singer songwriter Archie roots music you’ll find in a Scottish field: a rich Fisher, singer Emily Smith, young Orkney four mix of traditions, talents and tastes. Expect an piece Fara and Scottish Young Tradition Musician unusual mix of art, music, theatre, comedy, debate and soul-searching. The programme also of the year finalist Iona Fyfe. For full details of Guests, workshops and sessions please visit the makes space for challenging debate with Festival web site. activists, writers and thinkers from across the


Stonehaven Folk Festival


political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas Festival offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment.

Upside Doon Alloway, Ayrshire 24 June

Alloway’s one day music festival Upside Doon has announced the first batch of bands joining its 2017 line up. The BMX Bandits, Mull Historical Society, Have Mercy Las Vegas, The Stumblers and C. Macleod are confirmed for the event on Saturday 24 June.

Binos Live Stirling 25 June Stirling Albion FC, The Scribbler’s Picnic and Prudential UK & Europe have collaborated to create an exciting new family friendly community festival – Binos Live. The trio have joined forces to create a day of music and football which kicks off at 11am and runs until 6pm on Sunday 25 June at Stirling Albion FC, Stirling Sports Village. Stirling fundraising group The Scribbler’s Picnic will be hosting two stages of live music, a food village, stalls and kid’s activities.

Kelburn Garden Party Kelburn Castle, nr. Fairlie 30 June - 3 July The Kelburn Garden Party Festival builds on its

TRANSMT Glasgow 7-9 July Some of the best under the radar talent has been announced for TRNSMT, taking place at Glasgow Green across 7-9 July. The King Tut’s Stage powered by Utilita Energy will play host to the country’s favourite new artists, just as the iconic King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut has done for the past 25+ years in Scotland.

Tiree Music Festival Isle of Tiree 14-16 July Tiree Music Festival (TMF) was formed in 2010 when Tiree musician Daniel Gillespie (Skerryvore) teamed up with school friend Stewart MacLennan with the radical idea of holding an open-air festival on their local island of Tiree. TMF is more than just attending a music festival – it is an island adventure. From the stunning sail or flight to the island of Tiree, camping next to the white sands of Crossapol Bay or surfing at Balevullin beach, TMF is an experience very few festivals in the world could compete with. Get your tickets quick, the early birds sell out in hours!

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival Edinburgh 14-23 July 2017 is a special year for Edinburgh Jazz &

Blues Festival. Over 10 summer days we celebrate 100 years of Jazz with a range of unique performances and special events, as Edinburgh celebrates 70 years of Festivals. The programme, packed with uplifting music, features over 170 concerts, with an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and generations from jazz legends and established blues stars to newcomers at the start of their careers, as the Festival once again creates its distinctive, one-of-a-kind event.

Hebridean Celtic Festival Hebrides 19-22 July

Fantastic four-day festival set against the rich cultural backdrop of the Outer Hebrides, featuring top quality music from around the Celtic nations and beyond. Stornoway and throughout Lewis and Harris. The cream of international folk and Celtic music have heaped praise on HebCeltl as it celebrated its 20th year in 2015 by hosting its biggest number of live performances ever. Award-winning artists who took part in this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival hailed it a huge success after bosses laid on new venues and returned to its roots for the showpiece event.

Rewind Scotland 80’s Music Festival Scone Palace, Perthshire 21-23 July "As always at Rewind Scotland there’s something for everyone. Saturday night at Scone Palace we’ve got electronic pioneers The Human League and on Sunday the one and only Billy Ocean. Having grown up in the 1980’s I’m personally looking forward to Saturday’s performance from Soul II Soul, who were most certainly the soundtrack to my teenage years.” Paul Carey - General Manager


The Isle of Bute 28-30 July A three day festival of music, food and fun. This accessible and hugely friendly family festival all takes places a mere thirty-five miles as the crow flies from Glasgow. Butefest has endeavoured to compile a richly varied and superb line-up that includes both the contemporary and the classic of the music world and runs that gamut from rock to roots and folk to dance.

Edinburgh Blues & Rock Festival Edinburgh 29 July After the resounding success of the 2016 Edinburgh Blues 'n' Rock Festival, the festival is back with it's brilliant and impressive band line up for EBRF 2017 on 29 July in Edinburgh's Corn


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AUGUST Tartan Heart ‘Belladrum’ Festival Beauly 3-5 August

celebrating the best of music, culture and the arts opening its doors August 19th - 20th 2017 in the stunning setting of Helensburgh. The event will showcase the best in traditional contemporary Scottish music, local food and drink and feature interactive workshops. Community is at the heart of the festival and its goal is to celebrate the best of what Scotland has to offer culturally; Argyll Gathering is not just a festival, but a platform for people to interact and form an artistic movement.

Get yourself a ticket to Scotland’s all ages wackiest festival of music and performing arts. Bella is back in its beautiful Highland setting with all the crazy variety that makes it Scotland’s premier boutique festival. ''Belladrum - quite simply, it’s what everyday life should be like, if only everyday life didn't get in the way.'' - Clare Damdoaran, eFestivals. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its allages approach.

Stowed Out Festival Stow 25-26 August 2017


The world’s biggest week of piping – Piping Live! and The Worlds – is set to return to Glasgow. The world’s biggest week of piping will see over 50,000 music fans, families and tourists flock to Glasgow to enjoy 200 events and 8,000 performers throughout the week.

Midstock Festival

Party at The Palace

Linlithgow 12-13 August

Dalkeith 1-2 September Midstock is an independent, bespoke festival which we started in order to provide the Lothians community with a great event on their doorsteps. This is still at the core of what we’re trying to do but we have seen the festival expand somewhat and we’ve welcomed people from all over the country in the last couple of years. Maybe word is out that we like a good party here in Midlothian!”

Following it's biggest event to date, McEwan’s Party at The Palace is back for its fourth year in 2017. The 2 day party will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August in Linlithgow. It’s only 20 mins from Edinburgh and 35mins from Glasgow, making it one of the most Drumlanrig Castle 1-2 September 2017 easily accessible music festivals in Scotland.

Electric Fields

Carnival Fifty Six Dundee 12-13 August Carnival Fifty Six, the major new music festival taking place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August at Camperdown Park in Dundee, in association with 71 Brewing – Dundee’s urban craft brewery - has announced a lineup that marks out the weekend as a highlight of this summer.

Argyll Gathering Helensburgh 19-20 August Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event

Party in the Park Bathgate, West Lothian 3 September

Now in its 7th year ‘Party in the Park’ music festival and family fun day is a great day out for music lovers with families, held in Bathgate’s Kirkton Park. There is a main stage and acoustic stage with music on both throughout the day from 11am to 6pm with free entry and no ticket required. A real mix of music from local bands and artists to those further afield. This is no ticket required and no entry fee and as this is geared towards familys there is a strict no alcohol policy.

Doricana Fest

Glasgow 7-13 August

Stowed Out Festival is a family friendly boutique music and arts festival held in Stow in the Scottish Borders. It is ran by Sound Out are a not for profit organisation formed in 2009 by an eclectic group of musicians and music fans in the village of Stow in the Scottish Borders. Over the years Sound Out has grown and now hosts a range vibrant music and arts events where there is always a strong emphasis on Stonehaven encouraging and supporting young or first time 23 September performers to get up and have a go.

Piping Live!

once again at Beal Farm on the Northumberland coast – in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty overlooking Holy Island.

Nestling in the beautiful surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle, south west Scotland. We’ve been working really hard to top last year and we’re pretty excited about this summer, as well as having some brand new developments. One of the most exciting music festivals in Scotland returns in 2016, over two days in the stunning grounds of Drumlanrig Castle!

Lindisfarne Festival Northumberland 2-4 September

Building on the success of the last two years, Lindisfarne Festival 2017 is gearing up to be an even bigger and better showcase of music, comedy, culture and creative arts as they announce The Fratellis as their first mainstage headliner. A regularly shortlisted finalist at the UK Festival Awards, this year’s event will be held

One day music festival based in the NE of Scotland showcasing the countries finest Americana / Roots / Country and Acoustic acts.

Cumnock Tryst Festival Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck 28 September - 1 October Sir James MacMillan announced the programme for the 2017 Cumnock Tryst at a special event in the Dumfries Arms and the launch also featured a performance by Folk trio, Kilda, presented in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland. The fourth annual Cumnock Tryst Festival will take place in venues across Cumnock, New Cumnock and Auchinleck, and in Dumfries House between 28 September and 1 October.

OCTOBER Glasgow Americana Glasgow 4-8 October Glasgow's annual celebration of Americana brings musicians from as far afield as Texas and Canada to perform roots music from blues to rockabilly. Austin-based Slaid Cleaves has the honour of being the first act to be named for 2017’s Glasgow Americana Festival.

Ullapool Guitar Festival Ullapool 6-8 October So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club.


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