Kicking off the festival Bluegrass style! Whet your appetite for the weekend with young London trio Lunch Special, performing an ‘after dinner’ set… foot STOMPIN’ and HOLLERIN’ welcome! Free entry, but this place gets busy, so get there early folks!
There’s fiddlin’, banjerin’, dobro-in’ (you get the picture) mandolin, guitar and singing… check out the Workshops page for full details!
In association with Arisaig Community Trust (ACT), we’re delighted to combine dates with their annual picnic & BBQ. As enthusiastic supporters of the festival, ACT volunteers make this a key local event with family activities, a football match and lots of delicious, local produce and seafood. So in between workshops, why not grab a bite, enjoy the fun and take in the view? The playing field is situated between the Land, Sea & Islands Centre and Astley Hall.
*Please note alcohol is not permitted on the playing field. Activities and food are free, but donations are appreciated, which help local projects.
This pair know their stuff! And other people’s too. Like a Newgrass after-show party, Leon & Jason BLUR the boundaries of traditions, injecting their individual style into bluegrass banjo and guitar. The PERFECT pre-concert warm up – free entry, but get there early to grab the best perch!
With some of the BEST in UK songwriting talent and the FINEST in US Old Time tradition, we’re rollin’ like a runaway train this year at the festival concert and we don’t want to get off! There’s seated and standing class (but NO compromise on the ride, folks) a licensed bar, PLUS the ‘Moonshine Taster Shack’…
Sister Rosetta Tharpe did it back in 1964, the Old Crow with Mumford & Sons and Sharpe in 2012… the American songbook is PACKED with railroad songs, so bring your favourites (MUST be train themed!) and meet at the Station platform for 2pm. Arisaig station is on the world famous West Highland Line, with the STEAM TRAIN calling in around 2.25pm. Play and sing or just watch and listen, but let’s make it LEGENDARY!
With grateful thanks to West Highland Community Rail Partnership and Scotrail Abellio for making the session possible.
After we’ve WARMED UP at the train station, it’s an easy descend to The Crofter’s, where we TAKE OVER the main bar, the lounge bar and the veranda for the rest of opening hours with BLUEGRASS, laced with Old Time and Country… so whether you’re a newbie or an old hand, bring your songs and JOIN IN the jam to create the perfect end to another Arisaig Americana… til we do it all again in 2020!