Carol Anderson has been at Girvan many times, and is well loved here. She is an accomplished Scottish traditional fiddler from the North East of Scotland who plays with Martin MacDonald. Previously part of Barbara Dymock Band.
Geordie by birth he has lived in London, Kent, Scotland & Ireland, with a few years in the Canaries. So his song repertoire is varied and eclectic but always within his broad view of the tradition, with a few tunes between. He jointly runs the thriving Leitrim Singers session in Drumkeeran, and is a regular contributor to 'Living Tradition' magazine. He has become well known at clubs and festivals over the past 40 years (& the rest!) but enjoys a good pub session as much as anything else.
Danny Couper and Arthur Watson :
Danny Couper is a traditional singer from Aberdeen who was a founder member of Aberdeen Folk Club . He is very aware that he was part of the scene when the North East of Scotland had a wealth of traditional singers especially from the Travelling Community to pass on songs and still feels honoured to be able to sing the songs he learnt from them. Arthur Watson, who now lives in Perth, sings and plays whistle, founded the renowned Peacock Print Makers in Aberdeen and is now Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Dundee. He is a fine singer and whistle player with his own distinctive style and a particular enthusiasm for the older ballads.
'...blessed with a resonant, classic English-folk voice...he can also write, play and sing touching, searching and pointedly perceptive narrative-rich folk songs. For assurance, were any needed, his latest album 'A Yard of Ale' is the only testament required. These are songs that you'll want to hear again and again.' – Tim Carroll. Folkwords.
Emma Lusby's list of achievements in traditional song, while still only 18 years old, is remarkable. From childhood in Limavady, Emma developed a love of singing traditional Ulster songs in English and Irish and she made a solo performance at the opening concert of the Ulster Fleadh 2012 when just 15 years old. She has since then continued to develop her singing as a member of Dungiven Comhaltas and has achieved numerous successes at Festivals in Ulster.
Martin's playing is fresh and exciting. He has studied classical, folk, jazz and popular styles and specialises in fingerstyle playing. Hailing from Lewis, he has a deep knowledge of both the guitar and the pipes.
Singer-songwriter and storyteller George Murphy is a veteran of the Northern Irish folk music scene. Hailing from the small town of Dungiven, Co. Derry – a place known as a breeding ground for musical talent – he is well versed in the folk singing tradition.
Carole and Alan Prior:
A husband and wife duo who sing a mix of traditional and contemporary songs (of a traditional style) , both unaccompanied and some with guitar accompaniment. They like to sing as a duo as well as individually. They have developed their great love of Scottish traditional song over the past thirty years whilst living down in London, but are now permanently back home in Edinburgh. They consider themsleves lucky in having met traditional singers who were formative influences, such as the Stewarts of Blair. Well known for their powerful voices, they have achieved wide recognition in England and Scotland and have appeared at many of the key festivals. They are delighted to be asked to Girvan.
Suitcase Circus is a show full of circus skills, comic inventions, audience participation and family fun. Pete is a skilled street/outdoor entertainer as well as highly suited to the stage.
Bursting onto the folk scene late last year, Talisk have already made a strong impression by being nominated for the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and winning the 2015 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award in January.All residing in Scotland, Mohsen Amini, Hayley Keenan and Craig Irving draw influences from their various backgrounds to create their own interpretation of traditional music.
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.
Morrison maintains a busy touring schedule, having settled into working with a hand-picked pool of leading instrumentalists, including Matheu Watson, Martin O'Neill, Steve Byrne and Ed Boyd. His current bluegrass project, meanwhile, has him more fired up than ever before – and given his uniquely impassioned approach to music, that’s saying something. He is appearing solo at Girvan this year.
Bob Blair is a singer especially noted for his interpretation of Scottish lyrical songs and traditional ballads. He plays concertina and guitar, but generally prefers the beauty of unaccompanied singing. It is something of an understatement to say that Bob has a passion for traditional song. He has a deep understanding of traditional singing styles and has lectured widely at Universities, Colleges and at workshops at numerous festivals.
Welcome to the Girvan Traditional Folk Festival web site
Friday May 1st until Sunday May 3rd
Visit the Girvan Folk Festival Exhibition, which celebrates 40 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
Enabled with financial support from South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, Carrick Futures, Ayrshire & Arran Tourim, and Visit Scotland.
Many thanks to Girvan Asda for their donation of 800 bottles of water for the camp site