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The Mull of Kintyre Music Festival or MOK Fest celebrates its 26th year with yet another great line-up of bands and musicians.
The event which will be held a week earlier than usual from August 8-12 promises a selection of music that crosses many genres and offers something for everyone – acts include The Time Frequency (TTF), Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, The Grouse Ceilidh Band, Kim Carnie and Innes White, Eddie Seaman and Luc McNally and Slainte Davaar Allstars.
The Victoria hall concert on Saturday August 11 sees the return of rave legends The Time Frequency (TTF), who blew away the audience when they first appeared at the event in 2016.
Since then they have released a new CD, are selling out shows across Scotland and they have just had record ticket sales for their show in Braehead Arena in June.
Joining them will be DJ Rankin as part of his I am a Raver tour and local act Gullion.
Headlining the traditional concert in Campbeltown Heritage Centre on the same night are festival favourites Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham who will perform in the centre for the first time.
The duo are embarking on their 31st year of working together and have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music.
They will be joined by Hecla, a young four-piece band who present beautiful, crisp and energetic arrangements of traditional Gaelic songs and instrumentals and have performed in showcases at Celtic Connections, Piping Live, on Celtic Music Radio. Arthur Johnstone will MC the concert.
On Friday August 10 The Grouse Ceilidh Band make their debut at the Festival Ceilidh Night.
The band are one of the UK’s finest ceilidh bands with years of experience.
They will be joined by local band Rhuvaal who have been making a great name for themselves over the past couple of years playing at various festivals and concerts across Argyll.
The Dalriada Connections Band, featuring students and tutors for Campbeltown Grammar School alongside a core group of musicians, open the concert sets.
Davie Robertson will MC and the evening starts with a rousing performance by the Kintyre Schools Pipe Band.
This year’s Gaelic concert in Ceol Campbeltown, Seafield on Wednesday August 8 will headline with Gaelic singer Kim Carnie who will be accompanied by Innes White.
Joining them will be Iain MacPherson and a host of local artists, with Christine Macintyre as Bean-an-Tigh.
The Dalriada Connections Concert in Campbeltown Heritage Centre on Sunday August 12 will again be sponsored by Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery.
This popular Pan-Celtic concert headlines with Eddie Seaman and Luc McNally (pipes, whistle, vocals, guitar) and Gaelic singer Darren Maclean, Pippa Reid Forester on clarsach as well as Ciaran Mulholland from Northern Ireland, Scooter Muse from USA, local band Western Sound, and the usual mixture of local and visiting musicians.
The legendary Survivors Night later that evening will feature the return of Campbeltown super-group Slainte Davaar Allstars, Deep Under Gullion (DUG), The Gilchristians, Alex and Archie McAllister, we.R.soul and Session A83. Davie Robertson will again step up as MC.
Firm festival favourite, The Young Folk Night starts the events in the Heritage Centre on Thursday August 9 featuring some of Kintyre’s finest young musical talent.
News on the newly branded parade, Carni West, a new venue for the Festival Club as well as our new Saturday afternoon open air event plus other festival attractions will be in next week’s Courier.
Tickets for all concerts will be available locally from A.P. Taylors, Main Street Campbeltown and on-line from Ticketweb at www.ticketweb.co.uk or phone 0844 477 1000 on May 17 from 10am.
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