Carradale Music Festival’s dazzling debut

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Kintyre’s music festival season kicked off with a bang last weekend as the sun shone on Carradale’s new traditional extravaganza.

Motivated by the success of a ceilidh they organised last year, Raymond Gosling and Niall Gemmill, both 18, saw the opportunity for an annual event in the village hall.

The boys, who are both founding members of Rhuvaal, which performed at last year’s ceilidh, worked tirelessly for months to bring Carradale Music Festival to fruition this year.

The two-day event was headlined by Heron Valley on Saturday night, supported by The Hur, Ceol An Aire and Gunna Sound, with Trail West topping the bill on Sunday, after performances by the Lorne MacDougall trio and Matt Mcallister.

Local talents, including Western Sound, Hope Strang, Hannah Black and Under Smoke, were showcased in the afternoons.

The favourable weather allowed festival-goers to enjoy the marquee and benches outside the hall with stalls from CGS4Gambia and Paterson’s Bakery.

Raymond said: ‘Traditional music festivals on the west coast of Scotland are soaring, and we decided we could host our own.

‘We choose bands and artists we thought would go down well and who are making a big impact on the festival scene at the moment.’

Having performed at Gig in the Goil and MOKFest with Rhuvaal, Raymond and Niall, both from east Kintyre, had an idea of what organising a festival would involve, but got in touch with other festival directors for advice on running a larger event.

When plans began to take shape, they formed a small committee to give them the extra help and guidance they needed.

Ten volunteers were taken on to help keep the festival weekend running smoothly.

Niall said: ‘Many of them were young locals. We thought they would relish the opportunity to help at the first ever Carradale Music Festival and maybe one day be part of the organising team.’

Raymond added: ‘Platinum Bar Hire provided a great service for the festival-goers and Lara’s Gourmet Grill, from Glasgow, supplied a brilliant range of top quality food throughout the weekend.’

Both Raymond and Niall are overwhelmed with all the positive feedback they have received and are extremely happy with the festival’s first year.

They said: ‘The Carradale Music Festival team would like to thank all who attended and supported the festival over the course of the weekend.

‘A massive thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Jewellery Casting Scotland Ltd, D McNair & Son Ltd, P McKerral & Co Ltd, Campbeltown Motor Company, L Black & Co, the Co-op, and the Ashbank Hotel, without whom we would not have managed to organise such a successful weekend.

‘A big thanks also to Sound Acoustics, Willie Durnin for lighting, our MC Linsey Cairns, Plantium Bar Hire, Lara’s Gourmet Grill, Carradale hall committee, festival designer Randall Robertson, Robert Strang, Jean Campbell and to everyone who supported us over the past year.

‘You have all been brilliant and we cannot wait to start planning for next year!’