Arisaig Americana Music Festival, Inverness-shire, Scotland UK PH39 4NP
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“Apart from the faultless musicianship, they ooze an integrity and respect for the tradition that continues to underpin their work” Old Time News
“The real draw is just how beautifully each musician plays individually and how tightly they play together…” Folk Alley
Playing hard-hitting and heartfelt Old Time, classic Bluegrass and original roots music, the Horsenecks sound is centered around the pairing of the signature rhythmic Appalachian fiddle style of Oregonian Gabrielle Macrae and the driving yet subtle banjo playing of Liverpudlian Barry Southern. Fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice bring this Old Time duo to the stage with a compelling take on the music that moves them; foot-stomping dance tunes, innovative fiddle-banjo compositions and heartfelt and inspired harmony singing. The Horsenecks continue to set a new standard in today’s traditional music scene with years of touring and appearances at major festivals in the USA and the UK.
“Owens sings with a dark majesty that matches the gigantic emotional pull of his songs… dirt caked desert noir” Mojo
“more intoxicating than the most treacherous of mezcals…” Rolling Stone
Award-winning Scottish troubadour Dean Owens and his band will transport you to a sepia stained cantina with songs from his stunning new Sinner’s Shrine album – a unique blend of Scottish roots and Americana, with added desert noir. The Sinners make a glorious, brass infused, driving sound with Craig Ross (electric guitar), Philip Cardwell (trumpet) and Adam McMillan (bass) and Dean’s searingly soulful voice upfront. They conjure the magical panoramic sweep of the US desert states, infused with grit and dust from Scotland’s post industrial heartland. Songs of love and lust, sinners and saints, the displaced, the wanderers and the border ghosts.
“ The expressiveness of Donny, the endless joy and happiness of Pepita and the class of Theodore combine to give full quality and musicality” Country Gift Music
From the harmonious Heartlands of Scotland and the musical metropolis of Melbourne, Australia, Good Guy Hank bring all of the heartbreak, joy and everything in-between with blistering bluegrass country guitar, lightning mandolin, virtuoso fiddle playing and three part harmonies galore! Influences range from Hank Williams, Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe to Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch, Drive by Truckers and many more. Good Guy Hank are Theo Barnard (guitar & vocals) of Scotland’s bluegrass desperados Wire & Wool; Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin & vocals) of Australian indie-pop sensations Oh Pep! and Donny McElligott (guitar & vocals) of Scottish Americana outfit The New Madrids .
“one to watch who will no doubt be appreciated for many years to come”Americana UK
“… the demure delivery of Nanci Griffith and the delicacy of Dolly Parton” The Scotsman
Singer/songwriter Kirsten Adamson summons the same heart-stopping purity as Sandy Denny, by way of Emmylou Harris and Kate Bush. With summers spent soaking up the atmosphere in Nashville with her dad, Stuart Adamson (Skids, Big Country) and at age 13, sang backing vocals on Big Country’s last album Driving to Damascus. By 2010, she was forging her own career as a vocalist and keyboard player for indie-folkers Aberfeldy. She fronted country rockers The Gillyflowers and more recently shone as half of alt-country duo The Marriage, and then on a self-titled solo debut. The austere beauty of her voice has been a constant motif.
“Emotions and pure class” Indie For Bunnies
“The worlds of jazz and folk are a pair meant to be, merging the two effortlessly as she paints vivid pictures with her lyricism” Dusty Organ
A Vancouver Islander at heart, now a Toronto dwelling singer songwriter, Claire effortlessly pulls her audience into her personal world of love and life experiences, but always with a her ‘wicked’ sense of humour. She blends her own style of intricate guitar playing and jazz influenced melodies, progressions and arrangements with the vocal power of Susan Tedeschi paired with the velvety softness of Eva Cassidy. Bringing her warm, approachable west coast charm to the stage and dynamic, passionate performances; her music and personable presence is easily enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
“…the duo play brilliantly… a joy to hear for those who love instrumental music played with love and joy” Paul Kerr, Americana UK
Rain Of Animals is the euphonious collaboration between Pepita Emmerichs (Oh Pep!) and Theodore Barnard (Wire & Wool) and their love of all things mandolin, fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, bluegrass, oldtime, tunes and songs. Spanning originals to arrangements of classics and gems of rarities you wish you had discovered earlier, their sound is both new and old, unique in it’s instrumental wizardry and musical integrity all at once. Theo and Pepi are also two thirds of Good Guy Hank – so it’s a double treat folks!