Bannockburn Live Music Arena
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June
Main Stage Live – 11.15am – 7pm
A stellar line up of the best Scottish folk and contemporary musical talent will keep the crowds entertained in the Music Arena of the Bannockburn Live celebrations.
The packed programme features performances by renowned singer-songwriters Dougie MacLean and Gaelic singing sensation Julie Fowlis who will entertain as part of a Celtic-inspired musical weekend.
The Music Arena is located next to the new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, where up a gentle grass slope you’ll find the main bar and food area. Audiences can sample wonderful local produce while soaking up the atmospheric musical performances.
In between sets, browse through a range of remarkable craft stalls, where you’ll find all kinds of hand-made goods, including jewellery, artworks, furniture, soaps, clothing, clocks and cushions. Buchanan Bespoke Footwear, Meredith Jewellery, Robbie Reid Furniture, Sheila Maclean Art and Carole Mungall’s Cottage Creations are just some of the artisans present. Click through to find the full list of craft traders .
The Music Arena will be compered by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway.
The music programme is included in the price of the festival ticket and features:
Saturday 28 June
Sunday 29 June
Dougie MacLean, originally famed for writing the song 'Caledonia', has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer on his own terms.
This has taken his performance to concerts and festivals all over the world and to the stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Festival Theatre and the Sydney Opera House.
He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE!
“Strong yet subtle, hauntingly evocative yet contemporary in feel, this music demands listening to over and over again.”
“..a Scottish phenomenon... with his exquisite guitar style, expressive voice and honest performance, his songs conjure up remarkably vivid imagery of our world.” (The Performing Songwriter, USA)
“..a musical hero.” (Wall Street Journal, USA)
It is little wonder that when Disney Pixar were searching for the perfect, authentic singing voice to feature in the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning 'Brave', their worldwide hit animated film set in the ancient highlands of Scotland, their research led them to one of the Western Isles’ true contemporary treasures - Julie Fowlis.
Brought up on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Fowlis has been a proud standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of a solo career which has spanned over ten years and three highly acclaimed studio albums.
This year sees the release of Julie's much anticipated fourth studio album, 'Gach sgeul / Every story' - a mature offering of carefully selected Gaelic songs, with sensitive and lush arrangements from a host of brilliant musicians from Scotland, Ireland and further afield.
During the four years since her last studio album release, Julie has spent time researching Gaelic culture and tradition through a Masters degree and an Artist in Residence project with one of Europe's most ambitious digital archive projects, Tobar an Dualchais. In addition to recording and producing music for the award winning 'Brave', she continues to collaborate on various musical projects and has been awarded a huge number of accolades, including an Honorary Doctor of Music degree and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Music. She is a regular singing voice at Scottish football internationals, and was even invited to lead the Closing Ceremony of the historic Ryder Cup in 2012 which was broadcast live to a TV audience of around 500million. Her brush with Hollywood has influenced her reach and audience but she remains grounded and connected to the ancient traditions of her homeland.
“Julie Fowlis“ could be the first Scottish Gaelic crossover star in the making." (Daily Telegraph)
The Treacherous Orchestra story is one of many strands, a tale told spanning the length and breadth of Scotland. An un-definable collective force fusing people, concepts, styles and influences, shaping a musical supergroup that defies description. From the North to the South, East to the West they came, converging in the musical melting pot of Glasgow, trading ideas over beers and playing music with ferocity, verve and passion.
Arguably the most dynamic double-act on today's Celtic scene, the Scottish/Irish piping duo of Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson have won huge plaudits for their 2008 debut album, Partners in Crime, as well as for their brilliantly incendiary live performances.
Ross Ainslie (Scottish bagpipes, whistles) and Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes, whistles) first started playing together in 2003 at Armagh's William Kennedy Piping Festival, and have since joined forces to create a pipe sound that pushes the boundaries of what both Irish and Scottish instruments can achieve together.
When only 19, Jarlath had already been a three time All-Ireland Champion Uilleann Piper whilst in December 2003 he became the first Irish musician to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician Of The Year. Ross Ainslie hails from Perth and is a former member of the Grade 1 Vale Of Atholl pipe band. He has since toured with his tutor, the late Gordon Duncan, and was involved in Ivan Drever's band Clueless before more recently playing with Flook!, Dougie MacLean, Salsa Celtica and India Alba.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 Horizon Award nominee
One of the finest Scottish acts to emerge in recent times, Rura, simply haven’t looked back since bursting on to the folk scene in 2010. Announced as winners of a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival 2011 and as ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the powerhouse five-piece line-up of Rura has already performed across the UK, Europe and most recently in the U.S.A.
‘Best Up & Coming Act 2011′ MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards
Combining highland pipes, whistles, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and vocals, their powerful, energetic performances breathe new life into traditional music and showcase Scotland’s emerging talent in new contemporary folk songs and instrumentals.
King Creosote is the stage name for Fife singer-songwriter Kenny Anderson. To date, King Creosote has produced an astounding catalogue of over forty albums, with his latest, That Might Well Be It, Darling, released in 2013. In 2011, he released Diamond Mine, a collaborative album with London-based producer Jon Hopkins which was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.
King Creosote’s sound of folk-inspired melancholic melodies demonstrates a wide emotional range, paired with the occasional jaunty number full of rich humour. In a review of a live performance, The Independent aptly described him as, ‘poet, wit, and raconteur, who conveyed an ineffable sadness in his songs while interspersing them with rambling tales that had the room in stitches’.
Washington Irving are a five-piece Scottish indie rock band based in Glasgow, originally hailing from Oban. Their music echoes the traditional folk music of their hometown, merged with their love of playing music loud.
Following on from their tour with Frightened Rabbit and a sold-out headline show at Òran Mór in Glasgow earlier in the year, Washington Irving have just released their two-part debut album Palomides. The band has a passion for the twisted tales of love death and madness in traditional folk, which is paired with a loud and anthemic soundtrack that relays true emotions. Their well-crafted songs often feature soft, acoustic guitar which suddenly and unexpectedly crescendos into a driven, powerful wall of noise.
BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway has said of the album, ‘Washington Irving deliver a fine set of rousing, air-punching, anthemic folk-rock on their debut album Palomides. Making one tearful for the homeland without any hint of tartan tat or bagpipes; these are gritty, soulful songs that draw on traditional music and modern indie-rock. Catch them live when you can, for a heartfelt and emotional performance.’
A band definitely in the classic mould, Scotland’s Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire have already made their mark in America in 2014 following their debut performance on the ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’, where they were then asked to appear each night for a whole week on the show!
Roddy has spent the last few years building a formidable six-piece band to produce a debut album of epic proportions; dark, brooding and atmospheric but shot through with moments of beauty and hope.
As well as having his own show on BBC Scotland, Roddy was responsible for curating both ‘Forever Young: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Bob Dylan’ and the ‘Roaming Roots Revue’ for Celtic Connections, with guests such as Beth Orton, The Low Anthem, Rosanna Cash, LAU and many, many more. Roddy and his band were then acclaimed as the ‘festival highlight’ by The Independent.
‘Hart deserves a legitimate place in the long line of classic Scottish pop writers’ The Sunday Herald
‘Epic... soulful... packed with potential hits’ Evening Times
‘Outstanding’ The Daily Express
A well travelled and manifold artist, Siobhan Wilson has led a musical life in various places: In France, where she relinquished the classical world for a burgeoning interest in jazz, immersing herself in the music of Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald, and the United States, where she recorded her first record in the musically fertile ground of Woodstock.
Later basing herself in Glasgow where she established herself as a much sought after independent artist, Siobhan continued to display and develop her craft before mesmerised audiences throughout the country, whom the Scottish media described as “falling under her charm.” As well as supporting such established names as Friendly Fires, Benjamin Biolay and Ben E. King, Siobhan quickly became a much-loved pillar of the flourishing Glasgow music scene as well as playing to audiences throughout the UK.
Charming, engaging and at times unsettlingly perfect, Siobhan performs the kinds of songs the listener feels they should have heard before, but haven’t; confessional, poetic lyrics, coupled with her quietly fulfilling, yet self-assured, voice, embrace poised compositions that harmonise with the rich, textured themes of love and longing with heartfelt emotion and descriptive virtuosity.
The Deadly Winters released their debut album in 2011 and since then are steadily raising people's awareness of how Folk-Music can still advance with the times.
The Deadly Winters re-define the term 'folk-rock', and take you on musical travels through tales of love, pain, sorrow, joy and friendship. The Deadly Winters know their audience and know their stories well, bringing to the stage an emotive musicality that goes beyond an ordinary performance. You get a real story with these guys, a story that blossoms and erupts beneath and around intricate and well-constructed melodies.
Live, the band have supported and shared stages with Dougie Maclean and The Staves and have appeared at Celtic Connections, Perthshire Amber (Dougie MacLean Festival), Edinburgh's St Andrew's Day 2013, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Kinross Music Festival and The Edinburgh Rock n Roll Marathon.
"Well impressed, great arrangements, great singing. Songs are really, really strong. A really interesting band, great stuff!"
Mike Harding Folk Show
The six-piece outfit Woodenbox are known for a sound which channels folk, rock, soul and, of course, their Scottish roots. It is the fusion of these styles with Americana that have set them apart from the rest of Scotland’s current musical exports.
Many may know them by their previous moniker Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers, but recently the band decided to shorten it to the humble Woodenbox. Having gained an incredible live reputation, Woodenbox can frequently be seen on the festival circuit and have previously made a trip stateside to the world-famous Texas-based music festival SxSW to help showcase Scotland’s phenomenal talent.
The Cask Strength Ceilidh Band evokes the true spirit of Scotland’s vibrant traditional music scene. The Glasgow-based trio are guaranteed to have you foot stompin’and birlin’ into the evening.
From Central Scotland and Fife, the ancient Celtic Kingdom of Scotland, Saor Patrol and their unique sound of Scotland in the 21st century, brings together the sounds of the past into the present and launches the listener into an 'Exciting Tribal Experience'.
Those that have heard and experienced SAOR PATROL live never to forget the visual image of their live experience.The energy they share with their audience during a performance, with their vibrant pipe tunes and drum rhythms that please and excite many a crowd from all walks of life.
Like the music of Saor Patrol, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and as many other sounds have evolved from traditional Scottish and Irish music over the centuries, this is their contribution!!
Still holding onto their unique sound and style they continue to combine old musical Celtic roots with the new. Bagpies, Drums and Electric Guitar provide a musical power that moves the listener.
Their sound is Scottish Medieval Rock and it delivers!
Jack Rowberry, winner of Scottish Alternative Music Award 2014, started the year with a Scottish tour and the release of a brand new EP called Watching the Sun. Following a busy 2013 of sell-out shows, festival appearances, national press, and TV and radio airplay, Jack Rowberry is now a well-known name on the UK music scene and has set the stage for the next musical assault.