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Ian McNabb (born 3 November 1960) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Best known as the frontman of The Icicle Works, McNabb has since embarked on a solo career and performed with the likes of Ringo Starr, Neil Young/Crazy Horse, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys), and Danny Thompson of folk band Pentangle.
“This is the music we bring to the table, the food of our hearts, the fruits of our labours”
Drawing on the wide variety of musical experiences in the band, Journey North combine the storytelling traditions of Scottish music with the dynamics of a rock band.
Their love of playing live is clear for anyone to see and no matter the size of venue, if you are in the audience, you are part of the band.
Playing original songs which tell tales of battles, loves, lives and minds lost (and won) you can be sure that toes will be tapped, hands clapped and new friends will be made. You may even shed a tear or two but rest assured you will spend an evening with five mates who all love to play music and who appreciate every single second they get to share that with you.
Darth Elvis & The Imperials are a Star Wars themed Elvis tribute band from Viva Mos Eisley. In 1977 Elvis didn’t die he turned to the Darkside of the Force and ever since he has been playing music venues around the Outer Rim Territory. The time has come for the Dark King of the Sith & his band of Imperials to return to the Galaxy where he is best known.
The band performed for the first time at the Official Star Wars convention Celebration Europe back in 2007 and have been thrilling audiences ever since with their unique mixture of rock n roll, comedy & outlandish performances. They really must be seen to be believed.
Officially founded in 2004 in Argentina, SKILTRON is the leading Folk Metal band from South America, now based in Europe.
After a 3 song demo in 2004 called “GATHERING THE CLANS”, the band released their full length debut album “THE CLANS HAVE UNITED” (First Folk-Metal album ever released in Argentina) in 2006 through european record label UNDERGROUND SYMPHONY.
In 2008 SKILTRON released their second album “BEHEADING THE LIARS”, and two years later in 2010, their third album “THE HIGHLAND WAY”, each album continually building on the band’s unique style and sound.
Most of the early gigs took place in Argentina, featuring shows with GRAVE DIGGER, IN EXTREMO, MARTIN WALKYIER and KORPIKLAANI, with whom the band shared a SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR in 2010.
In 2012 SKILTRON made their European live debut playing a UK tour with MARTIN WALKYIER (ex SABBAT & SKYCLAD) as a guest singer.
Their latest album “INTO THE BATTLEGROUND” was released in July 2013 by the german label HELLION RECORDS, finding the band in their best shape and stronger than ever! Followed by a EUROPEAN TOUR playing at festivals like HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR (Germany) and BLOODSTOCK (UK), sharing stage with bands such as SLAYER, AVANTASIA, KING DIAMOND, ACCEPT, among others.
In 2014 the band played in Europe once again, featuring the festivals HORNERFEST and DONG OPEN AIR, playing together with bands like ANNIHILATOR, GRAVE DIGGER and ARCH ENEMY.
2015 was a landmark for the band as they were playing at WACKEN OPEN AIR (which also was the first time ever for an Argentinian band playing in the biggest metal festival of the world) together with JUDAS PRIEST, RUNNING WILD, SAVATAGE and many others, and also more European festivals and a UK tour in September.
Now the band is working on their NEW ALBUM due to be released in the first semester of 2016 through the german label TROLLZORN RECORDS.
Throughout the last 12 years, SKILTRON have constantly earned recognition within the Folk and Metal scene, projecting themselves as one of the references of the style.
Joining the Folk & Metal party are RED RUM from the East Midlands & IRON SEAWOLF from Cumbria.
#Not just a ceilidh band
Footerin’ Aboot are a dynamic young group of musicians comprising Calum on drums/cajon & vocals, Lewis on guitar & vocals, Macaulay on Fiddle and Rowan on bass guitar. They perform a jumping set which includes all your favourite traditional tunes & songs mixed in with wide repertoire of popular covers and an increasing number of original songs and compositions.
Forged amongst the hustle and bustle of North London’s folk scene, TEYR (“3” in the Cornish language) are a trio of formidable musicians who showcase the many sounds of the British Isles. With roots running from
Ireland to Wales to Cornwall, James Gavin (guitar and fiddle), Dominic Henderson (uilleann pipes and whistles) and Tommie Black-Roff (accordion), the players thrive on close interplay and pushing the possibilities of acoustic music.
Having met on the trad music scene through late night sessions, each performer holds an intuitive sense of folk music, evident in their deft arrangements and compositions. The trio draws influence from neo-folk
groups such as Lau, Kan and Lúnasa, whilst harnessing an innovative combination of strings, reeds and voices. With this distinct mix, TEYR strike an enigmatic path through the current folk wave.
With support from DANTE
Hò-rò: A phrase used as a movement in playing music before the development of written music; a form of “canntaireachd”.
A young group incorporating new, innovative ideas from our own unique experiences and influences from our very own, cultural Scottish Trad music. Although the foundations of their music are to their national roots, they bring many styles and genres of music into their band: traditional Gaelic songs, their own material, Scottish tunes and they may even surprise you with a few tracks that you may recognize!
” Rabbit Punch’s music flits between the riff-friendly classic rock and the more politically charged punk music. There’s even elements of prog – the songs played at the Ironworks showcase changes in speed and time signature – but they’re at their best when they’re angry. They’re one to watch, definitely”
“One of the Highlands most exciting new metalcore bands, delivering amazing on stage shows, so keep watching this spot. You’ll have to do a lot of digging to find a band in the same genre that are as hard working, friendly and lovable….you may even find there are little to none.” highland news
“…and the fast-rising angst-core of Fallen Riot. You may feel like you’ve been hit by a bus – but a glorious hook’n’riff strewn bus made of pure passion. Life-affirming.” ice-mag
Fraser Maclean and Erik Spence along with a range of guests host the longest running ceilidh in Scotland every Saturday from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at Hoots!
Introducing Emma Nelson a vocalist with a passionate, powerful, distinct voice who breathes life into the band’s many original compositions. Clear influences, amongst others, being Wanda Jackson and Brenda Lee. The band have a sound straight out of 50’s America mixed with neo-rock ‘n’ roll. Supported by one of the most experienced rhythm sections on the scene, Alan McCubbin (double bass) and Dave Cameron (drums) [both members of the legendary Frettones], are joined by two highly skilled musicians, Ryan Stewart (lead guitar) and Chris Stone (rhythm guitar), together they are Emma and The Ragmen. From a sold-out first appearance they were subsequently booked for a number of major festivals including the Rock Ridge Rumble 2016 and the Rockabilly Rave 2017.
Birlinn Jiarg was brought together by multi-instrumentalist Beccy Hurst to perform the traditional Manx music she grew up with as well as her own compositions. Having performed with various Manx bands and dance teams over the years, Beccy moved to England to study on the Folk Degree at Newcastle University.
At the centre of Birlinn Jiarg’s sound is the combination of Beccy’s whistle and concertina playing and the clarinet and flute of Freya Rae (Freya Rae and Louis Bingham, Tom Kitching Band). The unusual combination of low whistle and clarinet was what originally inspired the band’s formation and sets Birlinn Jiarg’s sound apart from more traditional line-ups.
Having performed in a duo with Beccy for a few years, Scottish guitarist and bouzouki player Alasdair Paul (Pons Aelius, Kimber/Paul) was a natural choice for Birlinn Jiarg. Completing the quartet’s line-up is bodhránist Callum Younger (Pons Aelius, Trio FCT). Callum and Alasdair have worked together on a variety of projects and their inventive and powerful accompaniment provides a great platform for Beccy’s and Freya’s melodic interplay.