Get Ready for an Unforgettable Musical Extravaganza: The Arran Folk Festival 2023 is Here!
Oh my goodness, music lovers, have we got news for you! Brace yourselves for a mind-blowing, heart-stirring, and toe-tapping experience like no other—the Arran Folk Festival is back and better than ever! From June 9th to 11th, 2023, prepare to be whisked away on a thrilling journey through the enchanting world of folk music.
We can barely contain my excitement, so let’s dive straight into the details of this unmissable event!
A Brief History
Hold onto your hats, my friends, because we’re about to take a trip down memory lane. Can you believe that the very first Arran Folk Festival took place almost 50 years ago? But wait, it gets even better! After a little reinvention in 1989, this festival became a shining beacon of musical delight, firmly establishing itself as a highlight on Arran’s tourism calendar. And guess what? This year it will be celebrating the 27th festival—talk about an epic milestone!
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS (Click Event To Find Out More)
Friday 9th June 2023
Saturday 10th June 2023
Sunday 11th June 2023
Monday 12th June 2023
Prepare to have your musical senses blown away, folks, because the Arran Folk Festival lineup is truly out of this world! Picture this: glorious afternoon sessions with the legendary Uncle Keith at the Douglas and Ormidale Hotels—oh, the joy! But that’s not all—prepare yourselves for sensational evening concerts at the captivating Brodick Village Hall. I’m talking about performances by the extraordinary Maggie MacInnes and Anna Massie, the sensational Ella Munro Band, and the utterly unforgettable George Machray! Can you believe it? I’m already dancing in my seat!
But hold onto your hats, because when the sun goes down, the magic continues with late-night sessions at the vibrant Brodick Bar. Can you imagine the atmosphere? The air buzzing with energy, voices joining in harmony, and friendships forged over shared love for incredible music. And guess what, folks? These late-night sessions won’t cost you a single penny—yes, you heard that right, free as a bird!
I don’t know about you, but I’m already planning my itinerary for Sunday, June 11th. Why, you ask? Well, because it’s time for the Survivors’ Session at the illustrious Ormidale Hotel! This open session, hosted by the one and only Uncle Keith, is where music lovers unite. Bring your instruments, your songs, and most importantly, bring your ears—because this session is going to be epic! From impromptu collaborations to heart-stirring performances, this is where the true spirit of the festival comes alive. And the best part? It’s absolutely free, my friends!
Headliners and Support Acts
Are you ready for the ultimate music extravaganza? Brace yourselves, because the Arran Folk Festival lineup is stacked with sensational talent that will leave you in awe. Get ready to be blown away by the mesmerizing duo of Maggie MacInnes and Anna Massie. Their Gaelic singing and instrumental virtuosity will transport you to a whole new dimension of musical bliss. And that’s just the beginning!
The Coaltown Daisies will serenade you with their mesmerizing blend of folk and Americana. Vivienne Bern and Lynzy Moutter are musical geniuses, my friends—they’ll make your heart skip a beat and your soul come alive. And that’s not all, folks! The Ella Munro Band, the Sarah Markey Trio, George Machray, and Chloe Matharu will grace the stage with their captivating performances. It’s a lineup that dreams are made of, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!
Workshops to Ignite Your Passion
Are you ready to dive deeper into the rich tapestry of folk music? Well, my friends, get ready to be enlightened by the incredible Rena Gertz. Her workshop on Orain Luaidh (Waulking Songs) is an opportunity of a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the rhythmic beauty of Gaelic song and learn the traditional practice of waulking the tweed. Let the music guide your hands and your heart as you experience the magic of this ancient tradition. But remember, spaces are limited, so book your spot now!
Ticket Information: Let’s Get the Folk Party Started!
Oh, my fellow music enthusiasts, it’s time to secure your tickets to this awe-inspiring festival. Don’t miss your chance to be part of something truly extraordinary. Head over to the official Arran Folk Festival website at www.arranfolkfestival.co.uk and follow the link to Eventbrite. Trust me, my friends, spaces are filling up fast, and you won’t want to miss out on this magical musical adventure.
Can you feel it, my friends? The air is buzzing with anticipation, and the Arran Folk Festival is just around the corner. Get ready for a weekend filled with sensational performances, soul-stirring melodies, and unforgettable moments of musical bliss. Whether you’re a seasoned folk aficionado or a curious newcomer, this festival promises an experience that will touch your heart, lift your spirits, and leave you craving for more. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends, and join me in celebrating the incredible Arran Folk Festival. Let the music ignite your soul and take you on a journey you’ll cherish forever!
Meet The Artists
Maggie MacInnes & Anna Massie
Immerse yourself in the world of Gaelic music with the extraordinary talents of Maggie MacInnes. Hailing from a long line of Gaelic singers from Barra, Maggie is an award-winning vocalist, recognized as the Best Gaelic Singer at the BBC Scots Trad Music Awards in 2004. Accompanied by her talented sons and joined by the versatile Anna Massie, an acclaimed musician, producer, and media presenter, this remarkable ensemble promises a transcendent performance that blends ancient traditions with contemporary artistry. Experience the captivating melodies and heartfelt storytelling that will leave a lasting impression, as they weave a tapestry of Gaelic heritage and musical brilliance. Don’t miss the opportunity to be transported by the enchanting harmonies and mesmerizing talent of this exceptional group.
Preview Some of Maggie’s Work From YouTube
Ella Munro Band
Experience the incredible talent of Ella, a skilled musician from Skye. Trained in multiple instruments and renowned for her captivating voice, Ella has made a name for herself in the folk scene. Her own compositions, as well as her mesmerizing interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, showcase her versatility and passion.
Joining Ella on stage are the exceptional Sam Mabbett on accordion and the virtuosic Michael Biggins on piano. Together, they create a dynamic and unforgettable musical experience. Get ready to be swept away by Ella’s enchanting performance and the seamless synergy of their talents. This is a night of folk music that you won’t want to miss.
Preview Some of Ella’s Work From YouTube
Discover the captivating journey of Rena, a remarkable figure in the realm of Gaelic music. Rena’s arrival in Scotland in 1996 led her to join a Gaelic choir, igniting a deep love for the music. Determined to understand the songs she sang, she pursued a degree in Gaelic, and now shares her expertise through immersive workshops on Gaelic singing and Waulking songs at festivals and museums nationwide.
In recognition of her talent, Rena was awarded the esteemed Women’s Silver Pendant at the Royal National Mòd in Perth. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of Rena’s musical adventure as she presents two captivating workshops on Saturday, June 10th. Free tickets are available, but spaces are limited. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Gaelic music under Rena’s expert guidance and experience the profound beauty of this ancient tradition.
Preview Some of Rena’s Work From YouTube
The Coaltown Daisies
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be swept away by the mesmerizing talent of The Coaltown Daises, a dynamic singer-songwriter duo who effortlessly blend the soulful sounds of folk and Americana. Hailing from the picturesque Kingdom of Fife, Vivienne Bern and Lynzy Moutter have been captivating audiences with their spellbinding performances, heartfelt songwriting, and top-notch recordings on their very own Ragged Boots Records for over a decade.
These musical trailblazers have earned widespread acclaim for their impeccable artistry, with critics heaping praise upon their albums, which boast collaborations with some of Scotland’s most revered folk musicians. But here’s the real kicker, my friends: when The Coaltown Daises take the stage, they don’t just deliver an ordinary performance. Oh no! They come armed with a full band lineup, featuring the phenomenal talents of David Macfarlane and Chris Small, ensuring a sound that will have your feet tapping uncontrollably.
So, mark your calendars and get ready to be transported to a realm of pure musical magic. The Coaltown Daises are here to ignite your senses, leaving you in awe of their irresistible melodies and enchanting harmonies. This is an experience that will have everyone in the room dancing, singing, and feeling the rhythm deep within their souls. Don’t miss out on this toe-tapping extravaganza – it’s a musical journey you won’t want to end!
Preview Some of The Coaltown Daisies Work From YouTube
Sarah Markey Trio
Get ready to be blown away by the incredible talent of Sarah Markey, a true musical visionary who effortlessly combines the captivating sounds of Scotland and Ireland. As a finalist in the esteemed BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Awards, Sarah’s exceptional artistry has earned her collaborations with some of the finest artists in the scene. Her debut album, “Leaving Lurgangreen,” released last year, takes you on a captivating journey inspired by her adventures in the mesmerizing Asturias region of Spain. Joined by the extraordinary Marty Barry on guitar and the mesmerizing Charlie Stewart on double bass, Sarah’s performances are a remarkable fusion of tradition and innovation. Prepare to be mesmerized by her soulful vocals, graceful flute melodies, and enchanting harp sounds as Sarah Markey and her incredible collaborators redefine the boundaries of musical expression.
Preview Some of Sarah’s Work From YouTube
Experience the captivating talent of Chloe Matharu, a singer-songwriter-harpist whose debut album, “Small Voyages,” takes listeners on a musical journey inspired by her global adventures as a Navigational Officer in the Merchant Navy. With her songs drawing from these remarkable experiences, Chloe’s heartfelt compositions resonate with a sense of wanderlust and exploration. Her deep appreciation for Celtic culture shines through as she effortlessly sings in Scots, English, and Welsh, showcasing her versatility and love for preserving the essence of these traditions.
Immerse yourself in Chloe Matharu’s enchanting melodies and evocative lyrics, accompanied by the ethereal sounds of her harp. Let her transport you to distant shores, igniting your imagination and touching your heart with her soul-stirring performances. “Small Voyages” is a testament to Chloe’s passion for storytelling and her unique musical artistry. Don’t miss the opportunity to be captivated by the mesmerizing talents of this exceptional singer-songwriter-harpist as she invites you on a journey of discovery through her remarkable debut
Preview Some of Chloe’s Work From YouTube
Get ready to be enthralled by the Festival’s opening act, the incredible George Machray. A long-standing supporter of our Festival, George has delighted audiences for years with his captivating performances during the lively Open Sessions. Renowned for his winning original songs, ranging from heartfelt to hilarious, we are thrilled to provide him with the opportunity to showcase his extraordinary music on our main stage. George Machray’s talent and charisma will undoubtedly set the stage on fire, leaving a lasting impression and setting the tone for a truly remarkable Festival experience.