Sin­gin’ the Blues at Mo­ni­aive mu­sic fest

The Galloway News - - WEEKEND TICKET -

The very best in blue­grass will be on of­fer as Mo­ni­aive hosts its ninth Amer­i­cana fes­ti­val next week­end.

Highly ac­claimed bands from the USA, Eng­land, France and Scot­land will pro­vide a wealth of mu­si­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion over three days with hun­dreds of fans from all over the coun­try ex­pected to de­scend on the small Glen­cairn vil­lage with the big fes­ti­val rep­u­ta­tion.

Head­lin­ers with an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion will be the Ballinger Fam­ily Band with Matt Flin­ner, all the way from Ten­nessee in the USA.

They bring their own unique style of blue grass mixed with old time fid­dle tunes, gypsy swing and con­tem­po­rary bal­lads us­ing gui­tar, bass and man­dolin.

And they will be joined by Matt Flin­ner, a banjo prodigy who started play­ing blue­grass fes­ti­vals as a young boy and now ex­cels as one of the finest man­dolin­ists and new acous­tic/roots mu­sic com­posers of to­day.

With roots in Port­land, Ore­gon and Liver­pool, The Hors­e­necks play a dy­namic mix of Amer­i­can roots mu­sic with the high-en­ergy per­for­mance of a group of peo­ple who love what they play. Top-shelf mu­si­cian­ship is mak­ing them a well-loved and highly re­spected sta­ple in the tra­di­tional mu­sic scenes in the US and the UK.

The bill also features some old favourites and some new with the Dap­per Dans and Way­ward Janes from Scot­land, Eng­land’s Hot Rock Pil­girms and Reck­less Aban­don­ers as well as the Fran­cois Vola Trio from France.

If the foot-tap­ping mu­sic turns the au­di­ence’s at­ten­tion to dance they can also en­joy Legs Levens and The Lime­stone Cow­boys Ap­palachian Dance Team from just across the bor­der in Cum­bria.

Open mic ses­sions and a whole se­ries of work­shops from man­dolin to clawham­mer banjo take place through­out Satur­day and on Sun­day.

Bands are on stage on Fri­day and Satur­day nights with a spe­cial fam­ily con­cert on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Or­gan­iser Paul Lyt­tle said: “We have an­other great line up with bands from the USA, Eng­land, France and, of course, Scot­land show­ing the di­ver­sity of blue­grass and Amer­i­cana mu­sic.

“A big Mo­ni­aive wel­come to all our visi­tors who we hope will take ad­van­tage of the work­shops and ev­ery­thing on of­fer at this, our ninth fes­ti­val which con­tin­ues to grow.”

The fes­ti­val is a com­mu­nity mu­sic event which held its in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val in Septem­ber 2009. Since then it has grown in pop­u­lar­ity. It started when a small num­ber of blue­grass en­thu­si­asts formed a fes­ti­val com­mit­tee and chose the last full week­end of Septem­ber known as Michael­mas.

The main aim of the fes­ti­val is to pro­mote blue­grass and old timey mu­sic.

Or­gan­is­ers also en­cour­age peo­ple of all ages to be­gin to learn an in­stru­ment as­so­ci­ated with blue­grass and old timey mu­sic by of­fer­ing free in­stru­ment work­shops at the fes­ti­val and also by hold­ing a sum­mer in­stru­ment work­shop an­nu­ally.

The com­mit­tee are all vol­un­teers who travel from their homes across the coun­try as well as from the vil­lage it­self to erect stages, shift chairs, sell mer­chan­dise and look af­ter the per­form­ers.

Full de­tails of con­cert line-ups and venues are avail­able on the Mo­ni­aive Michael­mas Blue­grass Fes­ti­val web­site at http://www.mo­ni­aive­blue­grass.co.uk

‘Great line-up’ Or­gan­iser Paul Lyt­tle

Head­line act The Ballinger Fam­ily Band

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