Carradale to host new music festival

Lorne MacDougall, pictured at this year's Gigha Music Festival, will play at the first ever Carradale Music Festival. 20_c27gigha27_lorne macdougall

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As the popularity of the west coast of Scotland’s traditional music festivals soars, Kintyre can add another to its very own line-up.

The small, coastal village of Carradale, with a population of only around 1400, is set to host a brand new festival.

It has been officially announced that the two-day event, the brainchild of Carradale’s Raymond Gosling, 18, and 17-year-old Niall Gemmill from Saddell, will rock the village on April 28 and 29 next year.

The festival will be held in Carradale village hall and will feature two different stages, a main stage, and an outdoor stage.

The first act to be announced is another of Carradale’s own, Lorne MacDougall, who will hit the stage with his band.

Lorne is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary bagpipers and musicians, known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into television and film scores with credits ranging from Brave and How to Train Your Dragon 2, to Doctor Who, Thunderbirds and Whisky Galore as well as many exciting Scottish and Gaelic projects.

Raymond and Niall, who are both members of popular traditional band Rhuvaal, have travelled to many of Argyll’s festivals, and have a good understanding of the level of work required to organise a festival like this.

In April they held an event, Carradale Ceilidh, which was a huge success and made the young men realise the potential for creating an annual festival.

Raymond told the Courier: ‘Our plans this year are to put on a good festival in a smaller venue and then in years to come, we will be looking at extending the size of the festival.

‘We are a non-profit organisation and any profit made from the festival will go toward local charities.

‘We are also still on the look-out for volunteers/sponsors to help and support us make sure this festival is a success. If you are interested, please contact us at carradalemusicfest@gmail.com or contact Raymond on 07824375842.’

With all the main headlining acts booked and confirmed, festival organisers will announce the acts on their official Facebook page every Friday night at 7pm.

Tickets go on sale from the November 3 at 6pm.

Raymond added: ‘We have had a lot of very nice and positive comments about the new venture in Carradale next April, so I would to say a massive thank you to everyone who is showing their support. ‘

When the Courier went to press, the festival’s Facebook page, launched on October 10, had received nearly 700 ‘likes’, so it seems that there is already a huge amount of local support.

Lorne MacDougall, pictured at this year’s Gigha Music Festival, will play at the first ever Carradale Music Festival. 20_c27gigha27_lorne macdougall