Friday 19th August 2011
Festival Ceilidh Night
Victoria Hall, Campbeltown - 7.30pm
Fergie MacDonald Band
Jamie Smith’s Mabon
Kintyre Schools Pipe Band
Kay Johnston MC
This years Festival Ceilidh on Friday the 19th August in the Victoria Hall is a night that offers all the family an evening that goes with a swing. We welcome back the Fergie MacDonald Band to play the ceilidh set, Fergie is one of the most popular ceilidh bands to play at the Festival and he returns due to popular demand. The concert set will be provided by Jamie Smith’s Mabon who will travel all the way up from Wales to appear following their outstanding performance at this year’s Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. The Kintyre Schools Pipe Band will start the night in the usual rousing style in what promises to be a night to remember. Look out for further additions to the bill which will be introduced by Kay Johnston who will MC for the night.
Fergie MacDonald, Fergie MacDonald has been Scotland's top ceilidh band leader for almost half a century As the Ceilidh King, Fergie took the authentic, raw and right ceilidh dance band style to village halls across the length and breadth of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Fergie and his band were stars. A button accordion player he has been Scotland's top ceilidh band leader for almost half a century having recorded over 23 albums in his career.
Playing the button box, Fergie is a regular performer on B.B.C. Scottish dance music programmes and was the first Scottish band leader to broadcast ceilidh music. He is a legend in the Scottish Highlands where he and his band are always in demand for ceilidhs and wherever there's a need for great dancing music.
Fergie appeared at the MOK Fest in 2009 and is one of the most requested bands to make a return to play at the Festival so get your dancing shoes on for a night to remember. Web Site: http://www.fergiemacdonald.co.uk
The concert set will be provided by the Jamie Smith’s Mabon. The band evolved from a traditional Welsh four-piece band, formed in 2000 and in January 2011 became Jamie Smith's Mabon: an acknowledgement that Jamie's compositions have become the backbone of the band's sound.
Jamie Smith's Mabon started as an instrumental band led by Jamie Smith on accordion, Oli Wilson-Dickson on fiddle and Calum Stewart on wooden flute. These three musicians share a musical rapport that allows them flow seamlessly between incredibly tight tune-playing and open, multi-layered textures. The band have now introduced vocals to their set and the MOK Fest will be one of the first events hear their new set
Jamie Smith's Mabon - Galician Stylee - Live at Celtic Connections 2011
The three tune players are joined onstage by newest member Adam Rhodes on bouzouki, Matt Downer on bass guitar and upright bass, and Iolo Whelan on drums and percussion. Adam Rhodes, 29, is a manxman who currently lives in Edinburgh, where he plies his trade both as a musician and web designer. Matt Downer, 24, is the youngest and coolest member of the band! He recently graduated from a music degree in jazz at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama conservatoire in Cardiff and is now fully immersed in the city’s music scene. Iolo Whelan, 34, lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, where he runs his own drum studio. He also studied jazz at the RWCMD conservatoire, where he met Matt and consequently formed the tastiest backline in folk music today!
Theirs music is well described as Original, Interceltic, World Music. Composed by frontman Jamie Smith, and brought to life by six highly accomplished musicians, it draws inspiration directly from the traditional folk music of the Celtic countries. This is not Welsh music, nor Scottish or Irish; this is Interceltic music, a true exploration of forms and styles found in Celtic music and their forging into something bold and new.
Jamie’s ambitious compositions are founded on a deep knowledge of folk dance music and his passion and understanding of folk tunes is prevalent throughout JSM’s sound, from the choosing of material – jigs and reels share space with other dance-related forms such as Breton an dro, French mazurka, and Galician muiñera – down to the minute, ornamental variations and nuances that give the tunes their authentic character.
More than anything it is the emotional content of the traditional music that Jamie seeks to embed in his own work; the sorrow, the joy and most of all the sheer energy at the heart of this uplifting genre of music. Expect to find all of these qualities in JSM’s music; it is designed to move you, both physically and emotionally, to draw you in with a moment of pure drama then cut you loose with some irresistible fun.
Web Site: http://www.jamiesmithsmabon.com & http://www.myspace.com/jamiesmithsmabon
Ceann Tir will open the concert set following the Kintyre Schools Pipe Band. The line up for this event will be Kay Johnston (vocals), Ross Kennedy (guitar, bouzouki & vocals) and Lorne MacDougall (pipes, flute & whistle). Ceann Tir has an ever changing line-up under the coaching skills of Ross Kennedy and is a band that offers varied artists from Campbeltown the chance to play to their strengths. More updates on the full line-up which will play at this year’s MOK Fest will be announced closer to the event.
Above - Ross Kennedy, Kay Lafferty and Lorne MacDougall make up Ceann Tir
Kintyre School Pipe Band: The KSPB need little introduction since their inception they have been prolific in winning practically everything they have entered often more than once. They have opened the Festival Ceilidh for the past few years on some occasions it was first official public appearance since winning the World Pipe Band Championships the week before. The sight of the full band performing in the Victoria Hall can be quite breathtaking and makes it well worth turning up early for.
Above - Kintyre Schools Pipe Band