Traditional Concert

Campbeltown (Doors 7.00pm) £16.00

Saturday Night Traditional Concert

The Shee

Jim Malcolm

Arthur Johnstone (MC)

This years Traditional concert in Campbeltown Heritage Centre on Saturday August 19th headlines with six piece all female band, The Shee who will be joined by singer songwriter Jim Malcolm.  Festival favourite Arthur Johnstone who will compere this all seated event.

The Shee, whose work is inspired by Scottish Folk, Gaelic song, Bluegrass and Scandinavian music will headline this years Traditional concert.

The band consists of six young female folk musicians who met while studying Folk Music at Newcastle University.

Their line-up includes accordionist Amy Thatcher, a well-known member of Kathryn Tickell’s band The Side, and Rachel Newton – harpist with The Furrow Collective, who won Musician of the Year at the 2016 Scottish Folk Awards.

They are joined by Lillias Kinsman-Blake, Shona Mooney, Olivia Ross, and Laura-Beth Salter who add twin fiddles, flute, mandolin and vocals.

Last year was the group’s tenth anniversary and to mark the occasion they created a special album by inviting six of Britain’s greatest folk musicians to write a new song for it.




Jim Malcolm

Jim makes a welcome return to play at this years MOK Fest following his first performance at the Traditional Concert in 20111

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and around Europe.

As a solo performer with ten solo CDs to his credit, Jim can mix it with anyone out there. As well as a renowned singer, he is in the top handful of simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world. He plays mostly in the folk guitar tuning dadgad in both fingerpicking and plectrum styles.

His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages.

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ARTHUR JOHNSTONE appearance this year will be his 25th as he has been MC and sang at every traditional Saturday night concert since the Festival began.   A hugely popular character Arthur, a founder member of “The Laggan”, returns to compere the Saturday evening Traditional Concert.

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