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