One of the events of note on the Scottish Music Festival Calendar is the Folk Festival in Moniaive: 8th - 10th May 2009.
It's reckoned that Moniaive has more musical events and festivals (per head of population) than anywhere else in the country. A spectacularly picturesque village located in Dumfries and Galloway, it has a large number of traditional musicians living in the area, various musical events taking place throughout the year and a range of pubs where a session can always be found.
However, without doubt the highlight of the year is the Moniaive Folk Festival and 2009 is looking particularly attractive with some great acts lined up including:
Moniaive Festival offers a wide range of activities and events with Workshops (everything from guitar to Appalachian dancing, Competitions (including piper and chanter competitions), Childrens' Activities, Concerts in The Marquee Club, Open Stage Concerts and a World Music Late Night Extra in the Festival Club.
Full details in the Festival Programme
In The Marquee
7.00pm - 10.30pm
Applejacks Appalachian Dancers, Darcy Carson, The Late Jake Thackery, Marilyn Middleton Pollock, Absolutely Legless Irish Dancers, Dervish
8.00pm - Daft O' Clock
Doghouse Roses, Aly Macrae, Wing and a Prayer, The John Langan Band, Wierdstringband, Plus Funk, Reggae and World Music DJ?s? . Sound Crew: John Dinning of Sound Travels
Will provide an opportunity to see a range of performers perform plus some of the top acts from the festival programme:
At - GEORGE HOTEL FUNCTION ROOM
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Hosted by Mary Kathleen Burke
with Lizzie Nunnery and Simon Kempston
At - The Marquee
Hosted by Doghouse Roses
With Mary Kathleen Burke
The Old Bank,
Saturday 9th May
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Throughout the week-end there will be Sessions:
THE GEORGE HOTEL,103 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill.
Function Room - singers onlys and in the Public Bar and Lounge Bar - Musicians and Singers.
Craigdarroch Arms Hotel - Public and Lounge Bars - Musicians and singers
Weekend tickets £35 available from:Craigdarroch Arms, Moniaive; Barnstorm Records, Dumfries and The Booth.
Or Contact: Hugh Taylor - Telephone: 01848 200474
The Old Bakery, Chapel St, Moniaive DG3 4EJ
Worth checking out some of the great acts that perform at Moniaive's renowned The Marquee Club throughout the year.
Including: Jim Byrne opening for Dave Burland on 17th April, 2009
You will find full details and information at:www.moniaivefolkfestival.co.uk/