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When Heron Valley take the stage at our festival they'll be fresh back from their second 11-date tour of the USA...this year! Before that they took the Cowal Highland Gathering by storm. Folk Music Radio says their set "...[builds] up the energy incrementally, in a series of waves, taking the audience along with them every step of the way." Layers of fiddle, accordion, pipes, banjo build a sound with its roots in Scottish and Irish traditional music but with influences from a variety of folk, country and bluegrass styles.
They'll be playing songs from debut album Roam alongside a wide range of other traditional and contemporary Celtic music.It will be interesting to hear how music in the USA has influenced their style. You can hear and see the band in action on YouTube here and here. Tickets for this great band can be bought now on the web site or from the box office when it opens from Saturday, 6th October.
The Wee Gig presents two...er...gigs over the festival. First up is Willy Porter and Luke Jackson. This promises to be a cracker. Willy Porter, seasoned, experienced campaigner who has opened for the likes of Jeff Beck and Paul Simon, is joined by ex-young musician of the year Luke Jackson. Comparisons with the almost incomparable Richard Thompson and Jeff Buckley (if you see what we mean) suggest Luke will be more than a match for Willy.
A week later comes Sunjay. A meister of the acoustic guitar his range covers blues, folk and singer/songwriter. He holds a clutch of award nominations including BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and has opened for Steeleye Span on several UK tour dates (and Maddy Prior knows a talent when she hears one!).
Then we have Festival regulars AM/FM - Andy Munro and Flora Munro. They return this year with new and original Scottish, Country, Funky, Folksy Blues, plus choice covers of jazz and soul. Joining them will be a selection of guest musicians.
We hope you enjoy this wonderful mix of folk and roots music. For all events, take a look at our What's On guide or pick up a copy of the programme at a location near you.