Stonehaven folk festival is set for its biggest year yet, with a whole host of folk artists already booked to play.
The festival which runs from the 5th to 8th of July has secured some of the biggest names in Scottish and Irish folk music. We take a look at some of the artists playing.
Mànran is one of the two acts which will open the Folk Festival on the 5th of July, playing in Stonehaven Town Hall from 8 PM. Best known their debut single “Latha Math” the multi-award winning band has always built their music around their Celtic roots; using traditional instruments and rhythms. Singing in both Gaelic and English they’ve travelled all over Europe to perform.
Tim Edey and Luke Daniels
The second opening act of the 5th of July. Tim Edey was BBC Folk Musician of the year in 2012, Luke Daniels has featured as a soloist on the Lord of the Ring and Hobbit soundtracks. Teaming up for a limited number of shows, the double act is planning to play their own, and each other’s music.
Winner of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Traditional Track’ and Scots Singer of the Year three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller’s uniueq vocals have led to her to perfmorning at the National Theatre of Scotland, Broadway and on the hit TV show Outlander. She will perform on 6th of June.
This solo artist will also play on the 6th of July. John comes from a musical family in Dublin, with a whole catalogue of notable influences. John went pro a the age of 16 when he started touring with Chanting House, he then went on to form Solas where he played to sold-out national and international audiences. He’s also appeared on a host of TV shows, including NBC’s ‘The Today Show’.
The 7th of July will see Nae Plans at Stonehaven Town Hall. Described as ” a one-stop pop-up shop of musical mischief for which there is no planning” this daredevil duo are set to play on Saturday evening. The group promises to put the audience at the centre of an energetic, dynamic, electrifying live performance. You can watch their not entirely serious Pre-Tour Training video below for a flavour of what to expect.
A Stonehaven local, with a radio show on Mearns FM, Kenn is an expereicned bassist, singer and guitarist. Kenn now plays the Tenor Banjo, he’ll be playing on Saturday evening at the Town Hall.
The final group playing on Saturday the 7th f July is Atlan. An Irish band, with phenomenal international reach. The group will playing an extensive tour in Australia before jetting back to play in Stonehaven.
The artist that is furthest away from home is certainly Kristina Olsen. Born in San Francisco and now living in Los Angeles, she tours the world for ten months of the year. She’ll be stopping by in Stonehaven to play at the Sunday evening show.
Sunday evening will also see Glasgow-based five-piece Imar take to the stage. Winners of the Horizon Award at 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the band draws inspiration from a more classical brand of folk music.
This Orkney based band will round be one of the three Sunday night acts to round out Stonehaven Folk Festival. Melodies from their native Orkney are mashed up with blues, dub and klezmer in an 8-piece riot of fiddles, banjos, accordions and drums. Collectively, the sound approaches the energy levels of a rock gig, yet remains acoustic at heart.
There are loads more event fringe events happening as part of Stonehaven Folk Festival. A full schedule can found here.
Stonehaven Folk Festival is also looking to break a world record; you can read our write up here