What's On

Whilst we're planning for our 2019 festival, take a look at our first festival programme in June 2018.

Saturday 23rd June 2018 (afternoon)


This year we’re on the bluegrass train and these instrument workshops might just be what you’re looking for! They’re FREE, no booking required, simply turn up on the day. Tutored by experienced, performing bluegrass musicians, these are taster classes that will give you an introduction to playing bluegrass style. 
Bluegrass guitar
Dave Currie
, Land, Sea & Islands Centre 1pm – 2pm
Bluegrass Harmony Singing
Rose Ardron, Astley Hall Clubroom 1pm – 2pm
Bluegrass 5-string banjo
Garry McFadden, Astley Hall Clubroom 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Bluegrass mandolin
Laura-Beth Salter
, Land, Sea & Islands Centre 2.30pm – 3.30pmdouble bass
*Please note that there have been changes to the workshops listed originally. Due to unforeseen circumstances we have unfortunately had to cancel fiddle and double-bass classes. 

Saturday 23rd June 2018 (evening)


We’ve got a live music line-up hotter than them Tamales – RED HOT as ragtime blues legend Robert Johnson sang – just take a look at our artists page! For those of you with staying power and a need to fill that Americana hole that’s been in your lives, the whole show is just £24, or for those of you who like a non-commital bite, choose between the early or late concert for just £12. There’s a licensed bar from 6pm til midnight PLUS we’ll be serving hot snack food during the concert interval… just to keep you going!
Early evening 7pm – 9pm
The Jellyman’s Daughter
Crow County Pickers
Late evening 10pm – 12am
The Wynntown Marshals
The Daddy Naggins
Full Concert £24 (concession £20)
Early or Late Concert £12 (concession £10)
Concessions available for senior citizens & students. Under 12s free. 

Sunday 24th June 2018

The ‘BIG BLUEGRASS’ jam session

The Crofter’s Bar@Arisaig Hotel, from 2pm til the last musician drops! 
What’s a festival without a jam? Maybe you’ve been to our workshops and want to give it a go, maybe you’re a closet bluegrass fan itching to unleash your repertoire, or maybe you’re a regular session go-er in some other part of the world and want to spread the love… whatever, all are welcome to come and play, or just listen and enjoy! The Crofter’s Bar is renowned for it’s acoustic live music sessions, and we take over for ONE DAY ONLY with bluegrass and associated Americana. Bring your instrument, songs and tunes and pick to your heart’s content!