The Paul McKenna Band:
Since being awarded the title of “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009? at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, The Paul McKenna Band have gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe.
Singer, songwriter, melodeon, banjo, dulcimer and bouzouki player, bandleader, arranger, broadcaster, dance caller, teacher, step dancer, entrepreneur, folk club organiser, record label boss, sallow-faced wit, raconteur and all-round good guy, Pete Coe in many ways represents the backbone of the modem folk revival.
Johnny Handle and Chris Hendry :
Chris and Johnny appear together regularly both at home on Tyneside, and other parts of Britain. You can hear them in full and varied performance at their favourite week long festival at Whitby in Yorkshire during August. Their exciting blend of music and song appeals to all audiences, presenting a display of our rich heritage.
Brendan Hendry and Johnny Toman:
Brendan is a a brilliant fiddle player from Derry. He is also the winner of Live Ireland's Musician of the year.
Jonny is a great guitarist and banjo player from Lurgan.
They wowed the audience at the Niel Gow Fiddle Festival in Birnam last year.
Originally from Tyneside but now hailing from Teesside, picked about the hardest part of the folk scene to break into the male bastion of the traditional unaccompanied folk song. She has a rich powerful and yet flexible voice and puts passion and commitment into her singing.
3 Men and a Box :
Three Men and a Box Ceilidh Band play a mixture of tunes from Scottish Ceilidh repertoire, Irish Traditional music, French music and some self-penned tunes such as Murdo’s Reel which you can hear on the Music section of their website.
Jess Smith (Story Teller):
Jess is happy telling any kind of story, especially if she can get inside its character. However, her true gift lies in the rich kist of Traveller tales she has gathered since she was a child. If she likes a story and can live the part of its characters then she will enjoy the telling of it.
Emma Spiers was brought up listening to folk music and learned songs like 'The Back o Bennachie' almost as soon as she was walking. However, she 'overdosed' on folk and as a teenager, her interest changed to Indie/Rock music. She has returned to the fold and has been actively seeking out and singing some of the best in traditional material, especially some of the Greig-Duncan collection's hidden gems.
Darcy and Pals:
Darcy Da Silva from Moniaive in Dumfriesshire, has been immersed in traditional music and song there from a very young age, which explains why she has blossomed as a sincere , enchanting and very entertaining singer and musician. Darcy 's Pals are the lucky guys at the top of the queue all waiting to be part of her band. Darcy was an Open Stage winner at Girvan in 2011 and has gone on from strength to strength
For twenty years Mike Hancock has performed high quality comedy shows at festivals and comedy clubs around Europe with magic, live music, circus, improvisation and audience participation. Mike will be performing at different venues during the festival, including the children's circus skills workshop.
The Tattiehowkers Ceilidh Band:
Our resident ceilidh band will be making their usual contribution by getting the ceilidh dancers tripping the light fantastic. Our caller, Maggie, talks through the dances so that even Ceilidh beginners need not feel left out and encourages the dancers in a persuasive and light-hearted way.
Welcome to the Girvan Traditional Folk Festival web site
Friday April 29th until Sunday May 1st 2016
Visit the Girvan Folk Festival Exhibition, which celebrates 42 years of music, storytelling, verse, and fun at Girvan
Folk Legacy: A CD with 37 historic live recordings featuring Arcardy, Iain Mackintosh, Dervish, Mirk, Adam MacNaughtan, Boys Of The Lough, John Kirkpatrick, Heather Heywood, Cathal McConnell & Tim O’Leary, Bob Fox, The Kipper Family, Altan, Waterson:Carthy, Bobby Robb, Highland Connection, Huw & Tony Williams, Setanta, The Gaugers, Quadrille, The Voice Squad, Deanta, Dave Burland, Tony Hall, Norman Kennedy, Gerry O’Connor, Jolly Jack and Ossian.
Get the CD here
Free Bus Service. This year we offering a free bus sevice to the festival from Ballantrae, Barr, Pinwherry, Pinmore, Colmonell, Lendalfoot, and Barrhill Download the timetable here
Chairman's Message. To see this year's welcome message Download it here
Enabled with financial support from South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, Carrick Futures, Ayrshire & Arran Tourism, and Visit Scotland.