Link up with loved ones at Dalriada Connections Concert

Ainsley Hamill, top, and Tom Oakes and Ross Couper are set to perform at MOKFest's Dalriada Connections Concert.
Ainsley Hamill, top, and Tom Oakes and Ross Couper are set to perform at MOKFest's Dalriada Connections Concert.

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This year’s Kilkerran Dalriada Connections Concert is the perfect chance to reconnect with family and friends while enjoying fine Scottish, Irish and Pan Celtic music.

The afternoon concert in Campbeltown Heritage Centre on Sunday August 22 has a fantastic double headline with two multi-talented duos – Ross Couper with Tom Oakes and Ainsley Hamill with Alister Iain Paterson – taking to the stage.

They will be joined by local visiting musicians including the Lorne MacDougall Trio, Ciaran Mulholland and Ross Conner.

Fiddle and guitar duo Ross Couper with Tom Oakes are deeply rooted in the traditions of Scottish and Irish music.

Ross’s explosive fiddle playing along with multi award-winning guitarist and flautist Tom combine to create their trademark, unrivalled energy and virtuosity interspersed with moments of spine-tingling beauty and warmth.

They are guaranteed to put smiles on faces and leave audiences exhilarated and entertained.

Singer/songwriter Ainsley Hamill has just released her new record, Not Just Ship Land, which featured as The Guardian Folk Album of the Month.

The reviewer wrote: ‘Her voice thick with velvet and mirk…hovering between the comforting warmth of The Breath and the whip-smart forlornness of early Adele.’

Ainsley, who headlined the 2019 Gaelic Concert, makes a welcome return. She will be accompanied Alistair Iain Paterson on piano.

Multi-instrumentalist Lorne MacDougall, from Carradale, is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into movie and television soundtracks. He has also played with Slainte Davaar Allstars and last year performed on their award-winning broadcast of David Bowie’s Space Oddity to the International Space Station.

Look out for more local and visiting musicians performing at this value-for-money concert which has become one of the weekend’s hidden gems at £14 a ticket which includes a whisky miniature.

As with other festival concerts, this year’s concert will be held within Scottish Government guidelines which means the capacity will be lower so people are advised to get their tickets early.

Tickets for all festival concerts can be bought from AP Taylors, Main Street, Campbeltown, or from www.ticketweb.co.uk