MOK Fest’s musical support for CGS students

From left, Ross Kennedy, Alex McKinven, Ross Conner, Finlay Patrick, Kyle Paterson, Amy Paterson, Iain Johnston and James Murdoch.

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This year’s traditional MOKFest concert with Dougie Maclean will also feature a young band made up of home-grown Kintyre artists.

Ceann Tir, comprising Amy Paterson, Alex Wotherspoon, Finlay Patrick, Kyle Paterson, Ross Conner, Darren Brown and Frank Rochford, will give a special performance during the music festival.

The young musicians have come through the ongoing MOKFest music development partnership programme with Campbeltown Grammar School (CGS).

As part of the project the MOKFest is providing music equipment to some students to help them develop and perform on stage.

James Murdoch, head of the school’s music department, said: ‘Working with MOKFest has been hugely valuable to our young people – developing performing skills and giving them a real experience of the life of a professional musician.

‘The annual workshops are an integral part of our senior music courses, with the pupils involved taking their enthusiasm from the performance at the festival into their studies in school.’

Iain Johnston, MOKFest event manager, added: ‘The festival is delighted to continue working with CGS on this project and we appreciate the support we have had from Creative Scotland, Campbeltown Common Good Fund and Argyll and Bute Council with the workshops.

‘There will be various workshops during the week of this year’s event and also a performance with the students as part of the Dalriada Connections Band at the Festival Ceilidh.’