Darvel Class Acts
Rolling back the years!

Although we look forward to our new musical beginnings from 2017 onwards it is good to look back with satisfaction over the past 15 years of the Darvel Music Festival. Launched in 2002 by our friend and fellow music lover Lynn Brown, the festival eventually featured over 260 acts and most musical genres, including;

Paul Carrack, Eric Bibb, Love and Money, Hue and Cry, Richmond Fontaine, Hamish Stuart, Glenn Tilbrook, Larry Carlton, Big Dish, The Silencers, Martin Taylor, The La Fontaines, Justin Currie, James Grant, Nigel Clark, Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, Capercaillie, Skerryvore, Ruby Turner, Maggie Bell, Eddi Reader, JJ Gilmour, Roddy Hart, Karine Polwart, Gary Louris, Mark Olsen, Larry McCray Band, The Phantom Band, Koshka, Hamilton Loomis, Endrick Brothers, Iain Morrison, King King, The Blues Band, Steve Ferrone, Molly Duncan, Kokomo, Peatbog Faeries, The Mull Historical Society, The Coal Porters and many more….

Photo Accreditations: Nathan B Photography, Jim Stevenson Photography, Stuart Robertson and Jay Mansfield

Darvel Reviews

Let's take a look back over the years at the headlines we've made and the artists we've had the pleasure of hosting.

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Darvel Bowling Club
Saturday 23 March
The Bandits and The Colin Kennedy Band

The second concert to raise funds for the 18th anniversary Darvel Music Festival was a resounding success.

The Bandits kicked things off with fantastic renditions of iconic r&b, blues and northern soul classics such as ‘Can I get a Witness’, ‘Tainted Love’, ‘In the Midnight Hour’ and ‘Wooley Bully’. Further gems by the Beatles, The Who and Dr Feelgood were also performed and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed their set.

Headliners, the Colin Kennedy Band are well known across Ayrshire and beyond. They have appeared on the town hall stage in the past as part of the music festival and performed at many other prestigious events across Scotland. The band of stellar musicians played tracks from their excellent album ‘Paint the Grey Sky Blue’ and fans were enthralled by their ability to recreate such quality on stage. Colin and his band also gave a stunning version of Bowie’s ‘Jean Genie’ which got everyone up on the dance floor.

Sheila McKenna, Festival director would like to thank both of these superb bands for performing at the bowling club fundraiser, to Colin and Richard for their excellent sound and to Gilbert and his staff at the Bowling Club. Most importantly the Darvel Music Company would like to thank all of our lovely music patrons who consistently support us and whose generosity for buying raffle tickets knows no bounds!

The final bowling club gig will take place on Saturday 18 May and feature The Railwaymen and Nostalgic. Tickets go on sale Monday 1 April and will be available from Heather’s Florists or by emailing order to darvelmusic@gmail.com





 Skerryvore and Gentlemen of Few 30th November 2018 - photos courtesy of Hannah Wotherspoon