Traditional Concert promises vocal and instrumental delights

Da Birlinn, left, and Claire Hastings, right, are set to appear at MOKFest's Traditional Concert.
Da Birlinn, left, and Claire Hastings, right, are set to appear at MOKFest's Traditional Concert.

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The Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (MOKFest) Traditional Concert is once again set to showcase a fantastic line-up of vocal and instrumental talent.

The concert in Campbeltown Heritage Centre on Saturday August 21 will feature the three-piece dynamic instrumental group Da Birlinn and the wonderful vocals of Claire Hastings with her band.

Da Birlinn is a trio of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians, blending the rhythmic strings of Seumas Maclennan with the pipes of Peter Morrison and the driving Shetland style of Ross Couper’s fiddle.

Peter and Ross are well known to Campbeltown audiences having headlined previous Saturday night concerts in the Victoria Hall with their band The Peatbog Faeries.

Ross, Peter and Seumas will perform their first festival in 18 months and promise a powerful set that will please all who attend.

Claire Hastings is a Scottish folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player who won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015.

She has since made a name for herself on the folk scene with her ‘natural, effortless Scots voice’ and has toured successfully in the UK, Europe and New Zealand as a solo artist.

She will take to the heritage centre stage with her three-piece band and will be accompanied by Jenn Butterworth and Jeri Forman.

Claire performed a special set for last year’s virtual festival which can viewed on the new MOKFest YouTube channel once it is launched.

As with other festival events, this year’s Traditional Concert 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

The festival’s organisers can be contacted by emailing