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Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival 2014

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After taking last year’s festival by storm, one of the best live bands in the country and undisputed kings of Scottish folk’n’roll, Scocha  – supported again by The Wherries – return to the Beacon on Saturday 25th October in what will undoubtedly be the feel-good concert of Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival 2014.

Ian Scott from Scocha said “we’re really looking forward to coming back to Greenock, back to a brilliant Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival to do another show with The Wherries. They’re born entertainers. It was magic last year”.

Festival organiser, Neil Lochiel said “there’s no doubt that everybody who enjoyed last year’s concert will be back. High energy, great harmonies, good humour, superb original songs and traditional classics ‘Scocha-fied’, made for a memorable night-out. Last year’s show was broadcast live so successfully to 170 countries on Celtic Music Radio that it was repeated as their prime time show on Christmas Day. If you were unlucky enough not to get a ticket for last year’s sell-out concert, come and see what all the fuss was about”.

The festival got underway on Sunday 5th October. With a standing ovation for the Main Theatre’s  very special production of “Far, Far From Ypres” which drew listeners on www.celticmusicradio.net from as far away as Ohio, and with a packed Studio Theatre for “The Session”, Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival got off to a wonderful start.  The momentum was kept up with a stunning meld of vocals and instrumentation from the Karen Matheson Band on the 18th October. Inverclyde’s John Morgan had earlier got the evening off to a perfect start with a really well received support set.

Further great shows are still to come between now and November 15th.

The legendary Scottish folksinger and entertainer Alastair McDonald returns after a show at last year’s festival which showed him, performing better than at any time in his long career. For all shows at the festival there is a special advanced purchase reduced rate – Alastair McDonald only £8.

A coup for the Studio Theatre is Emily Smith, who has been part of the Transatlantic Sessions on TV, on stage and on tour, as well as headlining her own Celtic Connections shows. This is a rare intimate setting show, with tickets again at only £8 advance..

Great shows in The Studio Theatre continue with the Scottish folk music institution of Gaberlunzie (£6); “Where Eagles Fly” soundtrack star Moira Kerr in a great double bill with our own Yvonne Lyon (£8); and a new name to many – Amber Road (£5), whose recent signing of a US recording deal was announced on STV. Catch them here before they embark on a US tour.

The increasingly critically acclaimed Yvonne Lyon leads the Inverclyde contingent. Music business legend Bob Harris is now counted amongst her fans, calling her live performance on his radio show “just stunning”.

Songwriters John Morgan and Martin Jones, who played in last year’s folk-in-the-round, have the opportunity to showcase their talents to larger audiences by supporting Karen Matheson and Alastair McDonald respectively.

Scocha insisted on The Wherries supporting them again this year at what will be the liveliest concert of the festival, while Lynnie Carson brings her great voice and songwriting skills to complement Emily Smith.

Dave Mac will make an interesting pairing with Amber Road bringing something of an indie folk feel to festival performances. Dave’s list of support credits include Pete Doherty, Chris Helme, Tom Hingley and Nick Harper.

After winning “The Session” on 5th October, Shelagh McKay Jones will share supporting duties for Gaberlunzie with Ryan and Sean Corbett

Festival organiser Neil Lochiel said “we’re off to a great start, with ticket sales already ahead of  last year’s, So don’t be disappointed, buy them now from www.beaconartscentre.co.uk or 01475 723723.

The complete Festival programme can be found by clicking here