Mo­ni­aive ready to party all week­end at festival

The Galloway News - - THE WEEKEND TICKET - SHARON LIPTROTT

The 18th an­nual Mo­ni­aive Folk Festival is set­ting out to prove that the re­gion is still brim­ming with youth­ful mu­si­cal spirit at the grass roots.

From to­day un­til Sun­day, the Dum­friesshire vil­lage will once again be wel­com­ing vis­i­tors from across the coun­try and all over the world to en­joy a se­ries of in­ti­mate gigs with fab­u­lous per­form­ers of many kinds.

Among them will be Glas­gow’s Samson Sounds with their up­lift­ing blend of African high­life and blues, dub, kwaito and jazz, and the whisky-hon­eyed tones of Cera Im­pala whose songs are renowned for their beauty and in­ten­sity.

Tim O’Sul­li­van, who runs the Coach House venue where both acts are ap­pear­ing on Sun­day, said: “We’ve got a re­ally strong mu­sic fes­ti­vals tra­di­tion in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

“And the fact that this is our 18th Mo­ni­aive Folk Festival and it still feels as fresh and en­er­getic as ever shows that this is a re­gion that loves live mu­sic, and that peo­ple en­joy com­ing here to en­joy the coun­try­side, the at­mos­phere and the en­ter­tain­ment.

“Hav­ing per­form­ers like Samson Sounds and Cera Im­pala on stage also un­der­lines the sheer di­ver­sity of what we can of­fer – in­clud­ing that there’s lots that will ap­peal to younger au­di­ences.”

Fur­ther main at­trac­tions to the folk festival in­clude Calum McIl­roy, a gui­tarist, man­dolin­ist and Scots singer from El­rick in Aberdeen­shire.

He fronts his own trio fea­tur­ing two ex­cep­tional mu­si­cians from the north of Scot­land; Me­gan MacDon­ald on ac­cor­dion and back­ing vo­cals, and Ruairidh Gol­lan on fid­dle. Also ap­pear­ing is fid­dler, com­poser, pro­ducer and one of the most in­flu­en­tial folk mu­si­cians of his gen­er­a­tion, Ai­dan O’Rourke.

In ad­di­tion to the mu­sic the festival has lots of fam­i­lyfriendly day­time ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a cos­tumed pa­rade through the vil­lage; Spot­ted Stripes Cir­cus’ Lord and Lady Flumperdin­kle; Lit­tle Fawn Theatre – trav­el­ling pup­pet theatre in a 1950s car­a­van; and Cly­de­built Pup­pets work­shop and a fun show.

See https://www.mo­ni­aive­folk­fes­ti­val.com for full de­tails.

Per­form­ers Mo­ni­aive Folk Festival will wel­come Cera Im­pala on stage this week­end.

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