Young musicians reach for the stars

While the main goal for RNLI Park Fest is to raise money for the men and woman of the RNLI, the festival itself is proud to support and promote the female musicians reach their dreams and goals.

This year the festival is very proud to have three highly talented up and coming female artistes who we are sure will be a big hit with the crowds. Park Fest itself would not exist if it wasn’t for the strong leadership of organiser Mandy Green and the female members of the committee, our hostesses and PF team. They make the event what it is today.

Caitlin McCornick is a very keen musician who enjoys different genres, old and new.

She started playing the guitar at the age of 12 and attended guitar clubs in both Wigtown and Stranraer. This is where she met Mandy Green who gave her a push in the right direction and has been an invaluable support, Her first taste of the limelight came when she took part in Wigtown’s got talent with a cover of Skyfall by Adele.

Lorna McColm’s dad and brother were into guitars, and just 3 years ago one night she picked up one of their guitars and started strumming away and has been playing and singing since. Self taught, a lot of her inspiration comes from artists like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, but enjoys mostly country songs. Her first public performance was at the Stranraer Academy Showcase, has appeared at the Castle Green for Stranraer Music Town, and also at The Ryan Centre for Rosemary Henry’s Country Dancing concert.

Music for Rachel Reid started when she was just a baby. She would lie on the floor beside her Dad as he played keyboard/guitar and sang songs to her. She has been brought up in a musical family. She started to play guitar at the age of 8 and went along to ‘Stranraer guitar club’. It was there that she learnt the basics of guitar and got the courage to start singing.

The Samba Sisters play regularly at a variety of events including local gala days, summer solstices, ceilidhs, festivals and cabarets. They have played in rain, hail, snow and sunshine on backs of trailers, lorries, bandstands and stages to an audience of hundreds and to one man and his dog but no matter what the event they play with enthusiasm and keep on smiling!