Artists

Find out more about the bands and musicians featuring at this year's festival

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The Wynntown Marshals

“A real favourite of mine” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Scotland’s greatest exponents of Americana…” Louder Than War
 
Edinburgh-based The Wynntown Marshals recently marked a decade together with their fourth release “After All These Years”. Described by Uncut magazine as “colonising the shadowland that lies between Tom Petty and Teenage Fanclub”, the Marshals were championed from the early days by legendary broadcaster Bob Harris and our very own Ricky Ross, Iain Anderson, and Roddy Hart, culminating recently in a triumphant appearance on BBC Scotland’s Quay Sessions. Their lyrics are never throwaway, the subject matter often obscure and world-weary yet uplifting melodies are channelled via strident guitars and gorgeous vocal harmonies, offset by beautiful keyboard parts, and driven by a rock-solid rhythm section. They’ll be performing exclusively at Arisaig Americana as an acoustic trio with Keith Benzie on lead vocals/guitar, Iain Sloan on pedal steel/guitar/vocals and David McKee on bass guitar/vocals.
 
Watch live on BBC Quay Sessions www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer
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The Daddy Naggins

Glasgow based The Daddy Naggins are forging a reputation as one of the busiest, most energetic bands on the Scottish scene and their last release ‘A Certain Paradise’ showcases 10 original songs in fine foot-tapping style. Four powerful voices bring you traditional bluegrass classics, folk songs and well known modern covers – all with that traditional high lonesome bluegrass harmony. Rip-roaring instrumentals bring each member of the band’s technical skill on their instrument to the foreground and will get you dancing along the way! They’ll be onstage in Arisaig as a 4-piece with Darren Young on guitar, Garry McFadden on banjo, Laura-Beth Salter on mandolin and Hazel Mairs on double bass.

Live on STV Riverside show www.youtube.com
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The Jellyman's Daughter

“Graham can make his instrument as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle… when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart.” Alan Morrison, The Herald
 
Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new. They have played extensively in the UK and toured Europe and Canada, while also showcasing the past two years at Folk Alliance in Kansas City. 2018 will see them release their second album. They’ll be performing in Arisaig as a 3-piece with Emily Kelly on lead vocals, Graham Coe on guitar/cello and Herbie Loening on double bass.
 
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Crow County Pickers

“Mairi Orr embraces Scottish and American roots music in their myriad of flavours and forms, her songs command attention and reward it.” Folk Radio UK
“North Atlantic Project… an excellent transatlantic fusion of Newgrass” Maverick Magazine
Crow County Pickers is a new collaboration of old friends who blend effortlessly with their natural empathy and shared passion for Americana music. From Glasgow, The Highlands and Midlothian, they have individually forged their own names on the UK bluegrass and Americana scene. Singer songwriter Mairi Orr has 2 releases of original material to date, sharing both the studio and stage with renowned musicians; dobro player Dave Currie has tutored, recorded and performed across the UK, Europe and Canada with his band North Atlantic Project; and mandolin player Craig McKinney is a bluegrass aficionado and sought-after musician who echoes the late great Bill Monroe in his playing style. Alan Finn will be guesting on bass and together, they’ll take you on a transatlantic tour from Arisaig to Asheville!
  
Watch Mairi Orr www.youtube.com
Watch North Atlantic Project www.youtube.com