Moniaive ready to party all weekend at festival
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.