Buskers raise over £300 for Ferrytoon’s festive fun

Bruce, Richie and Kim of the SCruffy Buzzards with Tim Stephenson, Creetown Initiative chairman.
Bruce, Richie and Kim of the SCruffy Buzzards with Tim Stephenson, Creetown Initiative chairman.

Over 40 musicians took part in the first Creetown Buskers Banquet music festival last Saturday.

Jazzing up the streets of Creetown, the buskers helped to raise in excess of £300 for Creetown senior citizen’s Christmas dinner.

The event saw local musicians from Wigtownshire and the Stewartry take part, including the Creetown Silver Band, Robert Ross Jr, the Scruffy Buzzards, GeeBees, Old Scores, Nathon Jones and Rhona Norris, with additional performances from artists including Jordan Murray from Dalbeattie, The Yahs from Dumfries, Gerry McAlpine from Glasgow and a string quartet from the London based National Symphony Orchestra.

Musicians performed in various locations all around the village, competing to win the prize of a set on the main stage at Eden Festival - a spot won by the Scruffy Buzzards.

“The standard was exceptionally high”, said Hugh Taylor, one of the judges of the Buskers Banquet.

“It was a difficult job judging as there were a lot of great musicians.”

Bruce McKenzie of the Scruffy Buzzards said: “It was a brilliant day, we loved the atmosphere around the village and the spirit of support amongst the acts was superb,.”

The runner up prize of a smaller stage slot at Eden Festival went to Bluegrass duo Nathon Jones and Rhona Norris,