Magical Weekend in Darvel Music Town!

The 21st anniversary festival celebrations resumed on the 13th and 14th of May with two packed out gigs at the town hall.

Friday the 13th didn’t scare music fans away with many travelling from all across Scotland and down south to enjoy a great night. First on stage were the excellent Heeby Jeebys led by front man, Darvel born and bred John Davidson, followed by Leicester indie-rock gems Diesel Park West. Headliner James Grant (of Love and Money fame) wowed the attentive audience as he and his marvellous string quartet, percussionist and sublime backing vocalist Monica Queen performed (for the first time ever) the whole of one of Love and Money’s quintessential albums “Dogs in the Traffic” in its entirety. James then gave the enthralled crowd wonderful renditions of other classic L&M tracks, Halleluiah Man, Walk the Last Mile with You and Strange Kind of Love.

Saturday the 14th was a really special gig as two classic Liverpool bands from the 80’s and 90’s, The Christians and China Crisis rolled into town. Both bands were watered and fed at the McKenna’s house and as huge Liverpool fans watched their team win the FA cup final!!….This had to be written in the stars…The Christians gave a blistering performance of classic songs such as Forgotten Town, Ideal World and Harvest for the World. China Crisis came on stage to You’ll Never Walk Alone in homage to the ‘scousers’ victory earlier on and joyously gave the audience a fitting finale with fantastic versions of Black Man Ray, King in a Catholic Style, Wishful Thinking and many more!

So another great weekend and now the Darvel Music Company who are all non-paid music loving volunteers are planning fundraiser shows at the bowling club in October and November then town hall gigs on the 2nd and 3rd of December.

Festival Director Sheila McKenna added, “If you can support us by coming along to any of our future gigs we would be most grateful, or if you are a business who can provide much needed sponsorship to enable us to continue bringing great acts to Darvel throughout 2022 and 2023 that would be fantastic”.

Keep watching out for updates at www.darvelmusiccompany.com and on Facebook. Potential new sponsors and the amazing companies and businesses who have supported us over the past 21 years please contact Neil and Sheila directly at darvelmusiccompany@icloud.com 

Images by Kevin Kerr Photography, Nathan Balls & Gordon Ingle


5 March Tidelines and Ho-Ro Images by Kevin Kerr Photography 



Darvel Class Acts
Rolling back the years!

Although we look forward to our new musical beginnings it is good to look back with satisfaction over the past 19 years of the Darvel Music Festival. Launched in 2002 by our friend and fellow music lover Lynn Brown, the festival eventually featured over 350 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 Music Memories 2022

This year we celebrate our 21st anniversary. We are at the early stages of compiling memories and photographs from over the past two decades for a book. Please send your music memories and images to darvelmusiccompany@icloud.com and please consider making a donation to help with the costs associated with this publication. In return we will add your name to a dedicated patrons page within our book.