Argyll Gathering – new Scottish festival debuts in August

Argyll Gathering is a new Scottish event 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.

So far, artists confirmed are the former lead singer of one of Scotland’s most celebrated groups, Runrig‘s Donnie Munro, who will be performing live with a full band. The most famous bagpipe band in the world, Red Hot Chilli Pipers will be bringing their ground-breaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems, Scottish supergroup Treacherous Orchestra are the third of the festival’s headliners – their foot-stomping, Celtic rock performance is sure to blow spectators away.

The festival also boasts additional praised artists, Bwani Junction who will perform Graceland by Paul Simon, Elephant Sessions, Manran, Federation of the Disco Pimp, Jarlath Henderson Band, Blue Rose Code, Daimh, Fat-Suit, Pronto Mama and, finally Nae Plans (Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier) will perform over both days with special guests and added surprises.

A community workshop tent, aimed at all ages will showcase music, art and the Gaelic language. There will be delicious food courtesy of Food From Argyll, sweet treats, a carefully selected beer and ale bar, an independent spirits bar and children’s entertainment will be on offer making the festival something for all the family to enjoy.

Having been born and raised in Helensburgh, Festival organiser James Windebank has seen the town evolve and change over 30 years.

“The one thing that I always wanted my hometown to have was a spectacular event that focussed on bringing people together to listen to great music, have a dram and really enjoy themselves as a community of people!”

Together with co-curator, Nick Lawrie, he and Windebank have independently worked on some of the largest cultural projects in the world and wanted to curate an event to bring out the best facets of that they have learnt working events over the years. Windebank goes on to say:

“We believe that an event such as this should enhance its home turf, and really bring something to the table. That could be a great music line up that speaks to its patrons, showcasing the gorgeous larder of Scotland, or exposing people to the rich creative culture that exists all around us.”

Helensburgh and its surroundings are renowned for their picturesque backdrop. The area is steeped in Scottish history, it has also offered events such as highland games and piping championships to carry on traditions.

Full details available from the festival website

SINGLES BAR

A round-up of recent EPs and singles

Grateful‘Grateful’ is the first single from the album …And Lo! The Bird Is On The Wing from Scottish singer-songwriter BLUE ROSE CODE also known as Ross Wilson. The lead track is a languid jazz-inflected piece and that’s followed by the more up-tempo ‘Midnight’s Mass In Suffolk’s Breast’, a song which immediately puts one in mind of a kinder relative of ‘Fairytale Of New York’. The James Yuill remix of ‘My Heart, The Sun’ is the set’s production number and finally we have ‘In The Morning Parts 1, 2 & 3’ live for BBC Radio Scotland. Ross has been around a while and it’s a great shame that he hasn’t come to our attention before now.
http://bluerosecode.com/

VIP ExtrasFollowing on from his critically-acclaimed album VIP, FINDLAY NAPIER brings us Very Interesting Extras, five new songs three of which are written or co-written by producer Boo Hewerdine. Gustaf Ljunggren adds a huge variety of sounds to the guitars, harmonium and ukulele played by Napier and Hewerdine. Findlay has a similar deadpan delivery to the late Michael Marra, but without the latter’s penchant for delivering comedy in the same vein. Top tracks are ‘After The Last Bell Rings’ and ‘Princess Rosanna Drowned In The Clyde’, a delightfully odd song. Who was Princess Rosanna? Did she even really exist?
http://www.findlaynapier.com/

Near The Sea‘Near The Sea’ coupled with ‘Alright Again’ is the second single to be taken from Secret Garden, the second album from AMY GODDARD which is due for release in April. It is a beautiful song about finding safety and contentment in a familiar, comforting environment and this theme is echoed in ‘Alright Again’. The two songs are very different in style – the first is full of sweeping strings whilst the second is backed by jangling guitar and hand percussion. On this evidence the album is keenly anticipated.
http://www.amygoddardmusic.co.uk

Desert SongsDesert Songs is a five track EP from songwriters DAWN LANDES AND PIERS FACCINI. The Anglo-American duo first worked together in 2013 but this is their first release as a duo. This is very much a meeting of equals: both have solo careers and the songs are joint efforts both in writing and performance. Piers brought a number of exotic acoustic instruments to the sessions and later Dawn took the tapes home to New York to add the drum parts. All the tracks boast tight harmonies and the lead song, ‘Heaven’s Gate’, is very catchy as is ‘Book Of Dreams’. Their strong melodies are what really sell the record.
www.piersfaccini.com / www.dawnlandes.com