Young folk night’s pipes, dance, strings and brass

Campbeltown Courier - - BUSINESS - Mark Davey ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­

FOOT tap­ping fid­dling filled Camp­bel­town Her­itage Cen­tre at the Young Folk’s MOK Fest ses­sion.

The per­for­mance feast show­cased the wide rang­ing tal­ents of Kin­tyre’s youngest mu­si­cians and dancers, mak­ing it hard to sin­gle out a vir­tu­oso from the eclec­tic mix.

There was no pro­gramme but last minute mas­ter of cer­e­monies Claire McFadzean pro­vided a con­stant flow of in­for­ma­tion as she in­tro­duced the 15 acts with notes about their mu­si­cal achieve­ments.

A sec­tion from Camp­bel­town Brass played three pop­u­lar mu­sic tunes: Rob­bie Wil­liams’ Let Me En­ter­tain You, Abba’s Lay All Your Love on Me and The Rocky theme Gonna Fly Now.

Vo­cal soloist Han­nah McCaig has just started in Castle­hill’s P7 and is the youngest mem­ber of the se­nior brass band.

Han­nah sang Aye Walkin O be­fore be­ing joined by her sis­ter Gemma for a duet of the Wild Rover ac­com­pa­nied, as many acts were, by pi­anist David McEwan.

A mu­si­cal mae­stro, Amy Pater­son, ap­peared next for the first of sev­eral per­for­mances on the fid­dle. Amy’s other in­stru­ments in­clude the tenor horn, pi­ano and drums in the ju­nior brass band. She took the au­di­ence through a Scot­tish set, in­clud­ing Os­sian and Lady Char­lotte Camp­bell.

Trum­pet player Erin McLel­lan, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra for Scot­land, ac­com­pa­nied by Morb­heinn McAl­lis­ter, fol­lowed Amy with Ave Maria.

A range of dancers pirou­et­ted across the stage in the next act and some coped very well with a break in the sound sys­tem.

Joni Mitchel­lesque Hope Strang played the Kin­tyre Song­writ­ers Fes­ti­val ear­lier in the year and last week found an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence as she strummed her own ver­sions of Teenage Dirt­bag and Candy.

Last year a Parisian flautist flew into the Young Folk night.

Ana Laing, on an­other visit this year to her grand­par­ents Mar­garet and Peter, re­turned by pop­u­lar re­quest. Ana has been play­ing the flute since she was seven and the teenager in­tends to make a ca­reer in mu­sic.

Amy Ross, Han­nah McCaig and Iona Ren­ton, all P7s at Castle­hill, form the back­bone of the school’s folk group with the added tal­ents of Gram­mar school pupil Rhona Camp­bell just start­ing in S1 this year. The quar­tet per­formed The Part­ing Glass and the Wild Rover.

Bag­piper Mad­die Al­li­son showed her range with a vo­cal show ren­di­tion of Aye Walkin’ as a pre­lude to older teenager Lin­sey Cairns’ songs, Adele’s Don’t You Re­mem­ber and Love on the Brain by Ri­hanna.

An­other new band, Western Sound - fid­dler Amy Pater­son, Dar­ren Brown on Ka­jon, gui­tarist Find­lay Gilchrist and key­board player Alex Wother­spoon - made the most of the Her­itage Cen­tre set­ting with four tunes, The High Road to Lin­ton, Mrs Mcleod of Rasaay, the Soup Dragon and Su­per­fly. A fur­ther two soloists added some­thing spe­cial.

Bethany Kelly’s Gaelic set and Down by the Sally Gar­dens pre­ceeded City of Stars and Make You Feel My Love by Adele from Erin Fer­gu­son.

Fol­low­ing a rapid raf­fle call­ing by John Bakes, a sec­tion of Kin­tyre Schools Pipe Band played out the concert.


Western Sound.


Castle­hill Folk Group.


KSPB in full flow.


A group of James McCorkin­dale’s dancers.


Gui­tarist Hope Strang.


Trum­pet player Erin McLel­lan.

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