MOKFest Gaelic Night back with a bang

Gaelic singer Catherine Tinney.
Gaelic singer Catherine Tinney.

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The Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (MOKFest) Gaelic Night will be back with a bang next month with a new venue and sponsor in what will be one of the first concerts to take place in Scotland this year.

Like all other large-scale public events, last year’s MOKFest had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic but, with safety regulations confirmed, plans are now in place for this year’s festival.

This year’s Gaelic Night will be held in Campbeltown’s Argyll Arms Hotel on Wednesday August 18 and will be sponsored by Beinn an Tuirc Distillers.

The concert headlines with Glasgow-based Gaelic singer Catherine Tinney, who hails from the Isle of Skye where she was immersed in Gaelic culture and traditional music from a young age.

An experienced performer, Catherine grew up singing at local ceilidhs before attending the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton.

She has performed at international festivals such as Celtic Connections and Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

More recently, Catherine was a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019 finalist.

She also performed at last year’s Beinn an Tuirc virtual Gaelic Night; her performance can be viewed on the new MOKFest YouTube channel once it is launched.

She will be accompanied by Conor Markey who sings and plays guitar, tenor banjo and bouzouki.

Also performing at the Gaelic concert will be a host of local and visiting musicians including Iain MacPherson, Norman MacKinnon, Shona Keith, Raibeart MacCallum and Christine Macintyre (bean an tighe), with more artists and special guests announced shortly.

As ever, the audience can expect a night of great tunes, stories, songs and fantastic chorus singing.

As with other festival events, this year’s Gaelic Night will be run within Scottish Government guidelines which means the capacity at the event will be smaller than usual.

This means people are advised to purchase their tickets as early as possible to ensure they don’t miss out.

Tickets for all festival events are available locally from AP Taylors, Main Street, Campbeltown and online at www.ticketweb.co.uk

The festival’s organisers can be contacted by emailing mokfest@hotmail.co.uk