2019/2020 Concerts

Darvel Music Festival – 2019/2020        

This year is the 18th anniversary of the Darvel Music Festival and since 2002 well over three hundred acts have entertained thousands of music fans at the town hall. Visitors come from all over Scotland, the UK and beyond to enjoy the Darvel ‘Experience’ and the organisers expect a surge of interest for the four concerts they have scheduled for November 2019 and March 2020.

The popular St Andrews weekender will feature the very best in Traditional and Celtic/rock music with performances by Tide Lines, Project Smok, Blazin’ Fiddles and Skerryvore. These shows will take place on the 29th and 30th of November and are sure to sell-out.

Tide Lines are a 4 piece band whose roots run all across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland down to the West End and South Side of Glasgow. Forged from the literature and music of the areas in which they grew up, their original songs meld romantic, rural life with a record collection of classic American songwriters and a strong Gaelic influence. Project Smok is a trio which comprises of multi award-winning musicians Ali Levack (Pipes & Whistles), Pablo Lafuente (Guitar) and Ewan Baird (Bodhrán). They are already fast becoming a recognised and household name in the Traditional Music Scene.

Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements and you’ve got the award winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands. Over the past decade no other band has quite captured Scottish fiddle music’s variety, energy and sensitivity like Blazin’ Fiddles have. Skerryvore comprise brothers, Daniel (Accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion), both of whom are steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition on the Isle of Tiree, plus friends Fraser West (drums), Alec Dalglish (guitar and vocals), with a background in brass bands, wind bands, jazz bands, and with blues, folk and country influences, and you have the 2005, embryonic Skerryvore. Fast forward 10 years when Craig Espie (fiddle) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and Alan Scobie (Keyboards) joined the band. Skerryvore have won Scottish Traditional Music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ on two occasions, 2011 and 2016. They oversee the acclaimed ‘Oban Live’ and ‘Tiree’ festivals and added BBC young traditional musician of the year finalist Scott Wood (pipes and whistles to their line-up in 2017. Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a growing fan base worldwide and with the promise of much more to come! 2020 marks the 15th Anniversary of the band.

The festival will then take a short break until the 20th and 21st of March 2020 when it returns with a heady mix of rock/pop and indie music with James Grant (of Love & Money), Diesel Park West, The Christians and China Crisis. Another great weekend for locals and visitors to enjoy!

James Grant's career began in the early eighties, when he formed Friends Again with Chris Thompson (The Bathers). It was in Love and Money that James found more widespread recognition; four albums, working with legendary producers such as Gary Katz (Steely Dan) and Tom Dowd (Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin) several hit singles, a world-wide following and silver discs in the UK helped seal his reputation as one of the best songwriters in the country. In 1996 he contributed four songs to the solo album of Capercaillie vocalist Karen Matheson, including the title track The “Dreaming Sea”. Working with musician and producer Donald Shaw and a stellar cast of players he delivered the stunning debut solo album “Sawdust in My Veins”, followed by the equally acclaimed follow-ups “My Thrawn Glory”, “I Shot the Albatross” and “Holy Love”. “Strange Flowers”, his fifth album as a solo artist was released June 2009. The British pop band Diesel Park West was formed in Leicester, England in 1987 by singer/guitarist John Butler, guitarists Rick Willson and Rich Barton, bassist Geoff Beavan and drummer Dave Anderson. Upon signing to the EMI subsidiary Food Records, the quintet debuted with the single 'When the Hoodoo Comes" and they issued a series of subsequent singles including "Jackie's Still Sad," "All the Myths on Sunday," and "Like Princes Do" before finally releasing their first LP, “Shakespeare, Alabama”, in 1989. There long awaited new album is due out in September 2019.

The Christians hail from Liverpool and their 1987 double-platinum debut album, "The Christians", entered the album chart at No.2 and featured the Top 30 singles "Forgotten Town", "Hooverville, "Ideal World" and "Born Again". A sell-out tour of the major British cities followed, including consecutive nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, with additional appearances in Holland, Germany and France. In 1988 they released a cover of the Isley Brothers' "Harvest for the World", with all proceeds going to British Third-World charities. They also performed with other Liverpool artists Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and Gerry Marsden on a version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey", released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough football disaster, which stayed at No.1 for 3 weeks.  China Crisis were a bit fiery for most in the new romantic camp during the early '80s, China Crisis were inspired by similar sources but injected their pop songs with occasional political commentary and bluesy reggae rhythms. Comprising the core duo of vocalist/keyboard player Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon, the group formed in 1979 near Liverpool, England. The first China Crisis single, "African and White," in 1982 was quickly picked up by Virgin Records and made the U.K. charts. With drummer Dave Reilly on board, their full-length debut, “Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms”, arrived later that year and also charted. Another single from the album, "Christian," hit number 12. They recorded their follow-up LP, “Working with Fire and Steel: Possible Pop Songs, Vol. 2”, with bassist Gazza Johnson and drummer Kevin Wilkinson. It reached number 20 in the U.K. as well as charting in Canada and across Western Europe. It also produced the Top Ten hit "Wishful Thinking." China Crisis' third album, 1985's “Flaunt the Imperfection”, was produced by the sympathetic Walter Becker (from Steely Dan), and resulted in the Top 20 singles "Black Man Ray" and "King in a Catholic Style." Becker also worked on 1989’s critically acclaimed “Diary of a Hollow Horse” LP.

Festival Director, Sheila McKenna said “It’s great to have these excellent bands performing in Darvel as part of our 18th music festival anniversary. We have music fans coming from all over the UK as well as from Europe and America. Tickets for our November shows are selling very quickly and we anticipate the town hall to be full for all of the scheduled performances”.

Treasurer, Hugh Morton added, “On behalf of the Darvel Music Company I would like to thank all of our sponsors and funders for making this event possible. We would still appreciate additional sponsorship from local and national companies (contact us via our website if interested) and we have another fundraising event, a Country and Western night taking place on Friday 4 October from 7pm. This will feature Robbie Dale and duo, Miller and Crossan and tickets cost £10 each”.

Festival tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from Tickets Scotland, Glasgow, Sinforiani’s, Kilmarnock, Thistle du Florist, Darvel and on-line at www.darvelmusiccompany.com

Tickets for the Country and Western night are only available at Thistle du Florist or by emailing darvelmusic@gmail.com

 

Where to Purchase Tickets

Doors 7pm. Under 18's welcome as long as accompanied by an adult and ticket purchased.

Tickets on sale Mon 5th Aug
Only from Thistle Du Florist - Darvel - 01560 428021
Or Email darvelmusic@gmail.com

 

Visit TideLines Website | Visit Project Smok Website

Where to Purchase Tickets

Doors 7pm. Limited seating in balcony area. Some shows will be mainly standing only.
Under 18's welcome as long as accompanied by an adult and ticket purchased.
Disabled toilets sutuated at ground floor opposite main auditorium. No alcohol allowed in balcony area.

Thistle Du Florist - Darvel - 01560 428021

Sinforiani Brothers - Kilmarnock - 01563 523659

Tickets Scotland - Glasgow** - 0141 204 5151 

or Online at our Web Shop**

**Tickets Scotland charge an extra 10% per ticket; our Festival Shop charges an extra £5 per order to cover Paypal fees etc.
All other sales outlets have no added fees.

Visit Skerryvore Website | Visit Blazin' Fiddles Website

Where to Purchase Tickets

Doors 7pm. Limited seating in balcony area. Some shows will be mainly standing only.
Under 18's welcome as long as accompanied by an adult and ticket purchased.
Disabled toilets sutuated at ground floor opposite main auditorium. No alcohol allowed in balcony area.

Thistle Du Florist - Darvel - 01560 428021

Sinforiani Brothers - Kilmarnock - 01563 523659

Tickets Scotland - Glasgow** - 0141 204 5151 

or Online at our Web Shop**

**Tickets Scotland charge an extra 10% per ticket; our Festival Shop charges an extra £5 per order to cover Paypal fees etc.
All other sales outlets have no added fees.

Visit James Grant Website | Visit Diesel Park West Website

Where to Purchase Tickets

Doors 7pm. Limited seating in balcony area. Some shows will be mainly standing only.
Under 18's welcome as long as accompanied by an adult and ticket purchased.
Disabled toilets sutuated at ground floor opposite main auditorium. No alcohol allowed in balcony area.

Thistle Du Florist - Darvel - 01560 428021

Sinforiani Brothers - Kilmarnock - 01563 523659

Tickets Scotland - Glasgow** - 0141 204 5151 

or Online at our Web Shop**

**Tickets Scotland charge an extra 10% per ticket; our Festival Shop charges an extra £5 per order to cover Paypal fees etc.
All other sales outlets have no added fees.

Visit China Crisis Website | Visit The Christians Website

Where to Purchase Tickets

Doors 7pm. Limited seating in balcony area. Some shows will be mainly standing only.
Under 18's welcome as long as accompanied by an adult and ticket purchased.
Disabled toilets sutuated at ground floor opposite main auditorium. No alcohol allowed in balcony area.

Thistle Du Florist - Darvel - 01560 428021

Sinforiani Brothers - Kilmarnock - 01563 523659

Tickets Scotland - Glasgow** - 0141 204 5151 

or Online at our Web Shop**

**Tickets Scotland charge an extra 10% per ticket; our Festival Shop charges an extra £5 per order to cover Paypal fees etc.
All other sales outlets have no added fees.