Traditional Concert

Campbeltown (Doors 7.00pm) £16.00

Saturday Night Traditional Concert

The 2016 Traditional Concert featured

Wendy MacIsaac (Cape Breton)

Finlay MacDonald

Gillian Frame & Jenn Butterworth

Arthur Johnstone (MC)

This year’s Traditional concert in Campbeltown Heritage Centre on Saturday August 20th will headline with Wendy MacIsaac who has traveleld all the way from Cape Breton to perform at this years Festival.  She will be joined by Finlay MacDonald on stage with Gillian Frame and Jenn Butterworth playing support.  Festival favourite Arthur Johnstone who will compere this all seated event.


Wendy MacIsaac is a fiddler/piano player/stepdancer from Creignish, Capre Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it.

Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer.  Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy tours with Mary Jane Lamond .

Wendy can also be seen performing with Heather Rankin and occasionally Beolach who she toured with for 11 years.


Wendy is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling. She travels throughout North America and overseas as well as teaching from her home in Halifax.


Wendy will not only perform at the Traditional Concert as she will also run a stepdance workshop with James McCorkindales School of Dance Aug 18th and music tuition workshop in Campbeltown Grammar School the following day.


Wendy will be joined by some of her musical friends during her performance.







Finlay MacDonald has blazed a trail as one of the country’s finest exponents of contemporary and traditional Piping. As well as forming his own band ‘The Finlay MacDonald Band he has also worked with many leading artists in the traditional music scene including Fred Morrison, The Unusual Suspects, La Banda Europa, Old Blind Dogs and Chris Stout.

He combines the mastery and dedication of traditional Piping with a true sense of musical adventure and creative collaboration producing a unique musical voice which can be heard on numerous recordings and projects. His Compositions and arrangements have been played by many leading artists including The World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.

Always driven by collaboration and innovation, Finlay’s passion for the music he has grown up with has led him to the post of “Head of Piping Studies” at the National Piping Centre and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he continues to inspire and develop the very best of new Piping talent.

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Gillian Frame & Jenn Butterworth

Gillian Frame makes a welcome return to play at this years MOK Fest, she is joined by Jenn Butterworth who performed so well at last years Ceilidh Night with Laura Beth Salter.

Gillian has just released her new album Pendulam and she has promised to give us a selection of track from this.

Gillian is a professional Scottish fiddle player and educator based in Glasgow, Scotland. As a performer she has worked with many acts and was a founding member of the band Back of the Moon with whom she toured for seven years, seeing them win various accolades including Best Up and Coming Act then Best Folk Band at the Scots Trad Music Awards. During this time she also graduated with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was the MG BBC Alba Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year in 2001.

She has featured on more than a dozen albums and worked as a session musician with acts such as The Unusual Supsects, Breabach, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermani, Deaf Shepherd, Mairearad and Anna and Duncan Lyall’s Infinite Reflections.


Jenn is one of Scotland’s foremost female guitarists, and has toured extensively with the award winning Anna Massie Band. As an accompanist she is in high demand, her most recent collaborations have involved artists such as Phil Cunningham and Nuala Kennedy. Laura-Beth Salter takes influence from the Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents played whilst she was growing up in Lincolnshire. After spending time studying a Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She is a founding member of The Shee and her most recent collaborations involve Shooglenifty and The MacLean Project led by the world renowned Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.

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ARTHUR JOHNSTONE appearance this year will be his 23rd 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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