Mo­ni­aive at­tracts the top names

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - MONIAIVE ATTRACTS THE TOP NAMES -

A range of world-class mu­si­cians are lined up to play in Scot­land’s fes­ti­val vil­lage of Mo­ni­aive this au­tumn.

In­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val reg­gae band The Un­der­cover Hippy are likely to prove a big hit at the Craig­dar­roch Arms on Oc­to­ber 20.

It will be a wel­come re­turn to Dum­friesshire for The Un­der­cover Hippy – aka Billy Rowan and his band – hav­ing played on the main stage at the Eden Fes­ti­val three times.

Rowan, who was raised in Eng­land but whose fa­ther hailed from the Gor­bals, is happy to be head­ing for Mo­ni­aive be­tween dates in Glas­gow and New­cas­tle be­cause the Craig­dar­roch has a good rep­u­ta­tion in the in­dus­try.

He said: “We wanted to come back to the area and some of the bands we know, and our agent, sug­gested the Craig­dar­roch be­cause you al­ways get such a great crowd there.”

The Un­der­cover Hippy are known for their soul­ful vo­cals, in­fec­tious ry­thms, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial com­ment, and wry hu­mour.

Now liv­ing in Bris­tol, much of Rowan’s life has been spent trav­el­ling – play­ing his way round Asia, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, teach­ing an­i­ma­tion in Sin­ga­pore and work­ing as a drum’n’bass DJ and MC be­fore form­ing the band in 2007.

Nowa­days they are well known on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit and have played at ev­ery­thing from Glas­ton­bury, Boom­town Fair and Sham­bala to Green Man, The Se­cret Gar­den Party and Ire­land’s Elec­tric Pic­nic.

Cana­dian blue­grass and in­die singer­song­writer Sarah Jane Scouten will per­form on Oc­to­ber 8.

Scot­tish alt folk four-piece Blue­flint are set to make sweet sounds on Oc­to­ber 14 and spell­bind­ing world-class acous­tic and slide gui­tarist Martin Simp­son on Novem­ber 3.

Tim O’Sullivan, who runs the Craig­dar­roch, added: “It’s su­perb that a small vil­lage in Dum­fries and Gal­loway can at­tract su­perb per­form­ers from all over Scot­land, the United King­dom and the rest of the world.”

Un­der­cover Hippy Billy Rowan and band will play

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