MOKFest cel­e­brates 25 years

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As MOK Fest rocks into its sil­ver an­niver­sary, 2017 prom­ises to have a real party at­mos­phere. The 25th Mull of Kin­tyre Mu­sic Fes­ti­val fea­tures ex­cit­ing new events and an­other great line up with The Peat­bog Faeries, Bomb­skare, The Shee, Heron Val­ley, Arty McG­lynn and Nol­laig Casey, Twisted Mel­ons, Kin­tyre Schools Pipe Band and Nor­man MacK­in­non all head­lin­ing the Fes­ti­val. The five day event, of­fers a mix­ture of tick­eted and free con­certs from Au­gust 16 – 20 bring­ing in­ter­na­tional, na­tional and lo­cal acts to­gether to per­form at var­i­ous in­door and out­door venues across Campbeltown. The two Satur­day night con­certs on Au­gust 19 cater for all au­di­ences with Celtic dance kings The Peat­bog Faeries, Scot­land’s nine man Ska jug­ger­naut Bomb­skare and CalMac Cul­ture win­ners Start Static play­ing at Vic­to­ria hall. Ear­lier that night six piece vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal band The Shee head­line the tra­di­tional con­cert in the Her­itage Centre sup­ported by Jim Mal­colm. Ar­gyll based Heron Val­ley per­form this year’s ceilidh set at MOK Fest ceilidh night on Friday Au­gust 18 in Vic­to­ria hall fol­low­ing show stop­ping per­for­mances across the Scot­tish and Euro­pean fes­ti­val cir­cuit this year. Gypsy jazz swing spe­cial­ists, Rose Room, fea­tur­ing the multi-tal­ented Seon­aid Aitken, per­form the con­cert set with The Dal­ri­ada Con­nec­tions Band mak­ing a welcome re­turn this year. The band fea­tures guest ap­pear­ances from many of the artists who will be ap­pear­ing across the weekend. Kin­tyre Schools Pipe Band will open this hugely pop­u­lar fam­ily event which Davie Robertson will MC. The main Vic­to­ria hall con­cert on Satur­day Au­gust 19 of­fers a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of bands and styles and sees the re­turn of Peat­bog Faeries to Campbeltown for the first time since 2006. Recog­nised as one of the best live bands on the Scot­tish fes­ti­val scene the Peat­bog Faeries have played high profile events across the UK win­ning nu­mer­ous awards over the years. Bomb­skare, in their own words: ‘Have been tear­ing up stages the length of the Bri­tish Isles,’ and bring their in­fec­tious ska an­thems to the Vic. In­die rock out­fit Start Static open the con­cert as one of this year’s CalMac Cul­ture win­ners. This event will have ta­bles and chairs with Eric Spence as MC. The Satur­day night seated tra­di­tional con­cert in Campbeltown

Her­itage Centre head­lines the ex­cep­tional all fe­male multi- in­stru­men­tal band The Shee show­cas­ing their pow­er­ful vo­cals and in­stru­men­tal prow­ess. Singer song­writer Jim Mal­colm per­forms from his huge reper­toire of songs and tunes with his gui­tar, har­mon­i­cas and en­gag­ing wit. Arthur John­stone will MC this con­cert. The Gaelic Con­cert re­turns for the 25th an­niver­sary, at Ceol Campbeltown, on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 16. It will turn the venue into an old fash­ioned ceilidh house with per­for­mances from Nor­man Mackay, Chris­tine MacIn­tyre, Raibeart MacCal­lum, Bethany Kelly, Sadie Brodie, Alec MacK­in­non and var­i­ous guest artists. The Mitchell’s Glengyle Dal­ri­ada Con­nec­tions Con­cert in Campbeltown Her­itage Centre on Sun­day Au­gust 20 head­lines Ir­ish leg­endary duo Arty McG­lynn and Nol­laig Casey mak­ing a rare live Scot­tish per­for­mance. They will be joined vo­cal and gui­tar duo Gil­lian Frame and Tom Oakes, Ciaran Mul­hol­land from North­ern Ire­land, young lo­cal band Rhu­vaal and Scooter Muse in a con­cert will have the usual mix­ture of lo­cal and vis­it­ing mu­si­cians. The leg­endary Sur­vivors Night on Sun­day evening fea­tures eight bands in­clud­ing The Twisted Mel­ons, Kin­tyre Schools Pipe Band, Wee Toon Tellers, The Gilchris­tians, Deep Joy, Gul­lion, Il Brasso and Ses­sion A83 with Jaime Gir­van as MC. The bands have some special per­for­mances lined up this year to help cel­e­brate the sil­ver an­niver­sary of the event. The Fes­ti­val also has firm favourite, the Young Folk Night on Thurs­day Au­gust 17 and a the newly re­branded pa­rade; Carni West fol­lowed by Doon the Green with Vi­o­lent Echo, Democrats, Tre­ble Trou­ble, Foot­notes and the Funky Chicken on Sat Au­gust 19. Look out for the new CalMac Cul­ture Fes­ti­val Club in Campbeltown town hall, from 1pm on Satur­day Au­gust 19 fea­tur­ing Rhu­vaal, Eriska and a huge mu­sic ses­sion, this event is free and will be li­cenced. An­other new fea­ture this year will be the MOK Fest snapchat fil­ter which you can use over the whole weekend. There will be more on the Satur­day af­ter­noon ac­tiv­i­ties in next week’s Courier. All Tick­ets are on sale from Tick­etWeb un­til Satur­day Au­gust 12 and A.P. Tay­lors, Main Street Campbeltown for more up­dates go to www.mokfest.com

Peat­bog Faeries are stomp­ing good.

The Shee

Kin­tyre reg­u­lars Twisted Mel­ons close Sur­vivors Night.

Jim Mal­colm

Trad favourites Arty McG­lynn and Nol­laig Casey.

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