Seahorses frontman to headline songwriters’ festival

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The former frontman of the band founded by Stone Roses guitarist John Squire will headline this year’s Kintyre Songwriters Festival.

Chris Helme, who usually travels to his shows by train, is making an exception to perform at the 12th annual celebration of singing and songwriting, this year from Friday May 3 to Sunday May 5.

The Seahorses have supported The Rolling Stones and U2, and enjoyed four UK top-20 hits and a Scottish number one in the late 1990s including Love Is The Law, Blinded By The Sun and Love Me And Leave Me, co-written with Liam Gallagher of Oasis.

York-based Chris, who now travels the UK performing solo material, will join musicians from Kintyre and further afield at Campbeltown Town Hall on the final day of the festival.

Winners of the Billy Kelly Songwriting Award and the Burnsong Songwriting Award 2007, Dumb Instrument bring the songs of Tom Murray to life.

The band is perhaps best know for its single ‘Suffering From Scottishness’ which was adopted by the Scottish independence referendum’s YES campaign.

The focal point of a Dumb Instrument song is most definitely the lyric, with diverse subject matter negotiated in each record, from wheelie bin theft to mortality.

Stylistically, the band weaves hints of disco, ragtime, gypsy and even Latin.

Djana Gabrielle is a French-Cameroonian singer/songwriter who won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in January this year.

After graduating from law school, she travelled extensively before moving to Paris to focus on music and started playing small gigs around the city.

She moved to Glasgow, a city she chose for its vibrant music scene, where she recorded her debut EP released in December 2015.

Kintyre acts performing at the town hall on Sunday include Gullion, Judith Jones, Under Smoke, Thomas Jordan and Jenni Martin.

Discounted early bird weekend tickets are available for £35 from Campbeltown Town Hall and AP Taylor, and online from Ticketweb. Individual event tickets are £20.

With 13 acts per night, the festival has something for everyone – see next week’s Courier to find out which acts will light up stages across Campbeltown on Friday and Saturday.

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