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Festival for folky folk

Folk for folk - Gourock Festival

Inverclyde- based Celtic fusion band Reely Jiggered are bringing a new music festival to the area this summer.

Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland and Enterprise Music Scotland, The Folk for Folk Festival will burst into life between July 22 and August 3.

Singer and fiddler Alison McNeil has put together a programme of Summer Folk Music Workshops for young people and adults, concerts showcasing the participants of the workshops, a concert featuring BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton, Reely Jiggered and David Douglas and a closing family ceilidh.

The workshops are for young people aged eight and over, and adults. The post beginner to intermediate workshop takes place on Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 July from 10am to 4pm.

An intermediate to advanced workshop will go on from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 August from 10am to 4pm.

In both cases, participants on their instrument will attend three days and received expert sectional and group sessions that focus on Scotland’s heritage and culture as well as look at the folk traditions of other cultures. Each group culminate in a concert on the last day.

Tutors for both groups are highly experienced musicians who have performed all over the world and are keen to inspire, challenge and have fun.

The workshops will be lead by Reely Jiggered’s Alison McNeil (fiddle and Scots song) and Fiona McNeill (guitar and drums). There will also be sessions with BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014 Robyn Stapleton (Scots/Gaelic song), David Douglas (vocal coach and singer-songwriter), Eleanor Holley (clarsach) & Reely Jiggered drummer Scott McLean.

The workshops cost £35 for children and £60 for adults. Application forms are available from the www.reelyjiggered.co.uk website and take place at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club.

Events wrap up with a concert on Saturday 2 August featuring BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton, Reely Jiggered and David Douglas and a final fling at a family ceilidh on Sunday 3 August.

For more information and tickets visit www.reelyjiggered.co.uk.