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Unplugged with Jack Hinks 2-3 Days

Unplugged with Jack Hinks

Jack Hinks presents an evening of storytelling and introspective music with special guests.Join for a celebration of acoustic singer-songwriters and Jack’s debut-album exploring the 5 stages of grief.Suitable for school age children..

Date: Monday 14th October

Beach Crows 2-3 Days

Beach Crows

Beach Crows return to Biggar Little Festival after their successful launch in 2023. A mix of mellow folk/ blues acoustic songs with some straight up thumping grooves make for a superb evening of original music.Supported by the sublime voice and haunting tunes of Sarah McLeod. ..

Date: Friday 18th October

Roo & Neil, Ruaridh Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe 2-3 Days

Roo & Neil, Ruaridh Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe

Roo Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion.Based in Glasgow, their compositions are inspired by landscape and people and by the ways in which music can evoke a sense of place and community.In May 2022, Roo and Neil toured Scotland to release their debut album, HOMELANDS - a suite of pieces exploring their people and places which feel like ‘home’.Suitable for all ages ..

Date: Friday 18th October

The Bluebells 2-3 Days

The Bluebells

Fresh from sell out gigs across the UK on their recent tour, The Bluebells are playing the opening night of the 2024 Biggar Little Festival.Known from their hit singles “I’m Falling”, “Cath” and “Young at Heart”,the Bluebells were mentored in their early days by Elvis Costello and toured widely in Europe and North America. The Bluebells are very pleased to be playing again having recently received two premier Scottish Music Business Awards including “The Tartan Clef Award for Song Writing ” at the star studded Nordoff –Robbins charity annual fund raiser at Glasgow Barrowlands.Expect classic hits together with new material from from their new album,“The Bluebells in the 21st Century”. ..

Date: Friday 18th October

West Coast Trip, The Mighty Joes 2-3 Days

West Coast Trip, The Mighty Joes

The augmented Mighty Joes return to Biggar Little Festival after their sell out show last year. Join them once again for a musical journey through time and space along the coastal highways of the American West Coast, from Californian Surf and Psychedelia to Laurel Canyon and the cool, gritty Grunge of the North West.The regular Mighty Joes line up of Kieron O’Neill, Rab Armour and Chris Jackson on guitars and drums are joined by Inge McIlroy on vocals and guitar, Alex Marfinescu on bass and Stuart Duncan on keys. ..

Date: Saturday 19th October

InChorus World of Song 2-3 Days

InChorus World of Song

Vibrant Peebles choir InChorus looks forward to sharing the joy when they bring their wide-ranging, uplifting repertoire to Biggar Little Festival on this first visit since 2019.The choir was formed in 2008 and since then has entertained audiences throughout Scotland, in New York, Dublin and Barcelona, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on the main stage at Carfest North. Look forward to hearing the music of the Bee Gees, ELO, Verdi, The Beach Boys, The Proclaimers and much more. ..

Date: Monday 21st October

The Anne Gair Band 2-3 Days

The Anne Gair Band

Anne Gair is an indie folk singer songwriter who will be performing her original music with her full band. Influences include Laura Marling, Kate Bush and, of course, Joni Mitchell.Anne and the band have been gaining acclaim with Anne’s own music, playing in venues all around Scotland. Anne is joined by local musicians Ian Murray, John Inglis and also Maria Quinn and Billy Bowes for what will be a wonderful night of music. ..

Date: Tuesday 22nd October

Motown Mayhem with the Dukes of Uke, The Dukes of Uke 2-3 Days

Motown Mayhem with the Dukes of Uke, The Dukes of Uke

Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? BLF’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street.They’re dancing in Biggar, down in Thankerton, in Symington...all we need is music, sweet music...there’ll be music everywhere... That’s right folks. Biggar’s finest, the Dukes of Uke, sprinkle their usual magic ukelele dust over the sensational catalogue of Motown (and other towns).Always a hot festival ticket...book early to avoid disappointment! ..

Date: Wednesday 23rd October, Saturday 16th November

Young Musician Competition, Biggar High School Students 2-3 Days

Young Musician Competition, Biggar High School Students

Come and support this showcase event for our talented young people, singing and playing a variety of music. Last year’s instrumental winner in this Rotary-sponsored competition won the Area and District finals and proceeded to the Scottish final of this prestigious competition. A credit to Biggar.Who knows where our next winner will go?!Suitable for all ages ..

Date: Thursday 24th October

The Canny Band 2-3 Days

The Canny Band

The Canny Band offer a rare fusion of piano, diatonic button accordion and bodhran.The 2021 recipients of the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music ‘Up and coming’ award have since toured the UK with their effervescent mix of trad-based material sprinkled with borrowings from classical, jazz and beyond.“Once in a while you hear something that just stops you in your tracks. The Canny Band had that effect on me. Just Sensational.” (Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland Travelling Folk) ..

Date: Thursday 24th October

Out of the Blue - A Celebration of Joni Mitchell, The Anne Gair Band 2-3 Days

Out of the Blue - A Celebration of Joni Mitchell, The Anne Gair Band

Celebrating the music of Joni Mitchell. Anne Gair and her band explore her most loved album Blue, and other favourites.Enjoy a truly memorable experience of some of the best iconic songs of the 20th century including A Case of You, Big Yellow Taxi, Flight Tonight and more. ..

Date: Friday 25th October

East Coast Cool, The Mighty Joes 2-3 Days

East Coast Cool, The Mighty Joes

‘The Augmented Joes look eastward to compliment their sell out show from last year... Greenwich Village, Soul, Art Rock, New York beats, Blue Collar heroes... and much more.The regular Mighty Joes line up of Kieron O’Neill, Rab Armour and Chris Jackson on guitars and drums are joined by Inge McIlroy on vocals and guitar, Alex Marfinescu on bass and Stuart Duncan on keys.’ ..

Date: Friday 25th October

Gary Potter Trio 2-3 Days

Gary Potter Trio

Jazz guitarist Gary Potter, known as the King of Gypsy Swing, is regarded by aficionados as one of the greatest jazz and country guitarists in the world. His performances combine fun and joy with breathtaking versatitly and astounding technique.Gary has perfomed around the world and starred in Channel 4’s film, “Django Legacy”.“He’s brilliant” - George Harrison.Gary will also be holding a guitar workshop in Arcadia. ..

Date: Saturday 26th October

Clydesdale Folk Club presents Shooglenifty and DLÙ 2-3 Days

Clydesdale Folk Club presents Shooglenifty and DLÙ

Shooglenifty have thrilled audiences all over Europe since 1990 with their vibrant performances fusing traditional sounding melodies with contemporary beats into their own genre of folk music called Acid Croft.Shooglenifty are supported by DLÙ, an exciting quintet of young award winning Scottish musicians who have been making a name for themselves with their own progressive arrangements of traditional folk music.  ..

Date: Saturday 26th October

Drouthy Neebors live at the Biggar Festival, Raucous banter and the best in Raw Celtic Music 2-3 Days

Drouthy Neebors live at the Biggar Festival, Raucous banter and the best in Raw Celtic Music

A night of traditional Scottish and Irish songs and music, with guaranteed laughs.Bring your own booze and join in with the raucous antics of one of the finest celtic bands.  ..

Date: Saturday 26th October

Lights Out By Nine 2-3 Days

Lights Out By Nine

Lights Out By Nine’s origins are firmly rooted in Soul Music, mixed with powerhouse Rhythm & Blues and a blend of New Orleans Funk. The 7-piece lineup features Hammond, Horns and Harmonies underpinned by a powerful and soulful lead vocal. LOBN have recorded their original songs over 12 albums since 1990 and have supported Hue and Cry, AWB, Hamish Stuart, Paul Carrack and Nazareth, along with appearances on STV and BBC TV and Radio.Their show delivers their original material mixed with eclectic soul and funk covers. ..

Date: Saturday 26th October

Lanark to Langholm, Rob Hall and Chick Lyall 2-3 Days

Lanark to Langholm, Rob Hall and Chick Lyall

New music for Clarinets & Piano inspired by Clydesdale and the Scottish Borders. Programme features the Scottish premiere of Rob Hall’s ‘Close Encounters for Clarinet & Piano’ based on historic themes from Lanark’s medieval closes, along with the Suite’s publication launch with Stainer & Bell, and the second performance of Chick Lyall’s Scottish Arts Trust commission ‘The Crying Of The Fair’ (2023) for Clarinets, Piano & Electronics themed on the ancient tradition of the Common Ridings at Langholm.In tandem with the performance, local artist Ronnie Cruwys presents a solo exhibition of work including her detailed work on the many wynds of Lanark.Suitable for any age ..

Date: Sunday 27th October

Festival Club 2-3 Days

Festival Club

Come along to enjoy free late night music from excellent local bands at the Biggar Little Festival Club.The Friday and Saturday night Festival Clubs alternate between The Crown bar and upstairs at the Elphinstone.Meet up with friends for drinks and enjoy a great after hours atmosphere - probably with dancing!Friday 18th October and Saturday 26th October- The Crown InnSaturday 19th October and Friday 25th October- The Elphinstone Hotel ..

Date: Friday 18th October, Saturday 19th October, Friday 25th October, Saturday 26th October

Festival Final Fling, Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band and Special Guests 2-3 Days

Festival Final Fling, Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band and Special Guests

The Biggar Little Festival 2024 is closing with a Final Fling.The Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band will be leading ceilidh dancing and songs. Band leader accordionist Allan Smith, keyboard Keith Dickson, and mandolin player/caller Ian Murray have formed a very special six-piece Scottish Dance Band of all star players with Northumbrian fiddler Roddy Matthews, second box player Iain Graham from Carluke and drummer Keith Lauder from Langholm.To catch our breath between dances, festival favourites Anthony Bowers, Anne Gair Lothian, Kieron O’Neill, and Jim Softley will perform some great songs with the band.The band will give full dance instructions where required. There will be a bar at this event. ..

Date: Sunday 27th October

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