Festival Ceilidh Night

Bands Confirmed so far are:

Dalriada Connections Band

Kintyre Schools Pipe Band


The MOK Fest ‘Festival Ceilidh Night’ offers all the family a fantastic evening that goes with a swing.

The 2016 Ceilidh Night featured

Ceol an Aire (pronounced ‘Kyol an Arra’) was formed in 2010 following the success of the first Argyll Ceilidh Trail. The three founding members of Ceol an Aire all took part in the ceilidh trail which provided a fantastic experience involving a two week tour performing in a great range of venues around Argyll and the Islands.

Ceol an Aire are Malcolm Clark – Vocals, Ruairidh Morrison – Accordion, Angus John MacColl – Bagpipes, Ewan Macdonald – Keyboard/ Guitar

Since then, the band has been performing regularly in various forms and now, as of 2013, the band has formalised its line-up. With influences ranging from the traditional West Coast pipe marches to the more contemporary sounds of Gordon Duncan’s reels, Ceol an Aire has found its own style within the Scottish music scene.

Web Site: www.ceolanaire.com

Hollow Mountain String Band

John McMahon and Rab Woods, two long-time friends and musical associates, formed The Hollow Mountain String Band in 2011. They have been playing traditional music together for many years, and share a passion for American traditional music. The band takes its name from Ben Cruachan, a local mountain that was hollowed out to make way for a hydro electric power station.

Hollow Mountain’s set takes listeners on a musical journey across the United States via bluegrass, old time and honkytonk, with further adventures in ragtime and blues and some Celtic traditional thrown in for good measure. Other fellow musical travellers have jumped on the band’s wagon through the years, but the core of John and Rab has remained the same. Now with Nigel Frydman on bass and Ann Barlow on fiddle, they are embarking on exciting new adventures. Lively, fun and energetic performances, combined with up-tempo arrangements and driving rhythms are the hallmarks of the band, with classic songs, fine traditional tunes, and the occasional surprise. Members of the band have many years’ experience in the ceilidh circuit and square dances are part of their repertoire. Hollow Mountain caters for all occasions!

John McMahon – lead and harmony vocals, guitar, harmonica.

John is the perfect front man, meeting each gig head-on, and his energy drives the show from start to finish. During his lively performances he can be seen dancing around the mic while belting ‘em out and knocking ‘em dead, with driving rhythms and powerful, yet soulful, vocals. John also plays a mean harmonica, which brings a bluesy feel to some of the band’s arrangements.

Rab Woods – lead and harmony vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, harmonica.

The main problem Rab has is deciding which instrument to play next. He plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, Dobro, harmonica and vocals, with finely honed skills in rhythm and lead that are solid, lively, and show an adept understanding of the genre, as well as the ability to use the right instrument to create the right mood at the right time.

Ann Barlow – lead and harmony vocals, fiddle.

Ann has spent her life steeped in Scottish traditional music and has now made the leap across the ocean. After dipping her toe in the deep pool of Americana, she taking to it like a duck to water. Her experience and ability as a fiddle player, teacher, singer, arranger, conductor and performing artist have augmented Hollow Mountain’s sound and helps bring a more rounded, complete feel to their arrangements.

Nigel Frydman – bass.

Nigel is an immensely experienced bass player, having featured in many bands covering most mainstream genres, most notably as Billy Bragg’s bass man. From world tours, to huge concert venues and top recording facilities, he has been there and done all of that. Now he uses this incredible experience to give the Hollow Mountain String Band a solid base with a funky edge.

Dalriada Connections Band

The Dalriada Connections Band return to open the concert sets up following their stunning performance at last years event.  The band has played at every Mitchells Glengyle Dalriada Connections Concert with its core members surrounded by some of the best Pan Celtic artists around.

The Friday night line-up will include many of the artists who will play across the Festival over the weekend as well as students and tutors from the afternoon workshops in Campbeltown Grammar School.


Kintyre Schools Pipe Band

This local multi award winning pipe band continue to impress their audiences with their skill and maturity.  Promising youngsters with dedicated tutors appear tonight, at The Grand Parade, an evening pipe band parade and also at Survivors Night.



Kay Johnston

Kay is now the regular MC at this event she has also sung with Ceann Tir on the concert set and may give us a song to start the night off if requested!!

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