Kintyre Songwriters Festival picks future stars

2016 Kintyre Songwriters Festival headliner Martha Ffion.

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A spring music festival has proved it is the place to see up-and-coming Scottish acts.

In the past five years Kintyre Songwriters Festival (KSF) has showcased an amazing five of the 20 nominees for this year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award.

Pronto Mama, who headlined in 2017, Martha Ffion the 2016 headliner, Outlines, featuring Kathryn Joseph, who headlined in 2015, Siobhan Wilson and Best Girl Athlete, who both performed in 2014, have all reached the final stages of the prestigious national competition run by Creative Scotland.

KSF organiser, Mark Johnson of Campbeltown band Twisted Melons, said: ‘We have had some incredible performances over the years from Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit playing completely acoustically through to Roddy Woomble of Idlewild prompting a mass singalong this year.

‘The festival is especially known for supporting up-and-coming female talent.

‘The fact that so many have gone on to national success so quickly shows that Kintyre is capable of attracting the best of the best.’

Proto Mama’s Marc Rooney appears at Campbeltown Picture House on September 22.