This weekend sees the start of a nine-day festival celebrating The Bard in and around Dumfries and it’s not just plays and comedies taking centre stage.
Musical offerings from one of Scotland’s best-loved band, Skerryvore, is set to get the party going when the lads take to the stage on Sunday.
Skerryvore bring their exciting, vibrant 7-piece Celtic folk rock ensemble toDumfries at 11pm. Their on-stage fusion of contemporary styles with traditional instruments and roots is breath taking, including a heady mix of soul searching songs, urgent tempos and flowing melodies. Skerryvore celebrate their 10th year in 2015 and this return visit to Dumfries will feature material from their most recent album ‘Chasing the Sun,’ as well as many favourites from their four previous releases. Catch them at the late hour of 11pm in the Spiegeltent on Sunday night (25 January).
If that’s too late for a school night, why not enjoy a flashback to times past with a bit of The Undertones on Saturday night at 9,30pm?
The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1977, the result of five friends learning how to play guitar and drums in time with someone singing.
Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on the Good Vibrations indie label in Belfast. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show.
The Undertones went on to become one of the most successful bands from the punk era, still as fresh and dynamic today as they were in 1977.
And jumping forward to next week, Hue and Cry will be in town on 31 January at 9.30pm.
Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’ as well as the massive hit singles ‘Labour of Love’ and ‘Looking For Linda’. The duo remain to this day, one of the country’s biggest selling and most influential artists. Their career has spanned over 25 years in which they have continued to delight live audiences and produce critically acclaimed albums.
Taking to the stage with their full band to perform all the Hue and Cry fan favourites and classics, this is one show not to be missed.
Joining these big names will be The Vaselines who bring “a winsome sweetness, a touch of melancholy and a lithe, libidinous drive that recalls all the best, coolest rock and roll.”
Also featuring is young Nina Nesbitt, the half Scottish, half Swedish singer/songwriter; Craig Hill; Red Bastard and much, much more.
School events have also been laid on for kids across the region and the annual event is growing in size each year.
To find out more, see bigburnssupper.com.