Contemporary Folk Music festival - Mallaig, Morar, Arisaig, West Highlands, Scotland

Tickets for this year’s festival will go on sale on 1st June. Limited earlybirds available.

Other events coming up:

Kris Drever

Thursday 20th June, Astley Hall, Arisaig. 7.30pm

Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer/songwriter who has won multiple awards, including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine. 

His recent single “Scapa Flow 1919” was nominated for Best Original Track by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards whilst his (John Parish produced) album with Lau, “Midnight and Closedown” was released in 2019 by Reveal Records to wild acclaim including being chosen in The Best Albums of The Year feature by The Guardian. 

Drever’s voice and guitar form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, a phenomenal and prolific artist. Kris has collaborated with Cream’s Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Seckou Keita and many more. One of Scotland’s finest and most in demand musicians. 

“The folk revival has a new standard bearer” Q

“Folk Singer of The Year & Best Original Track Award Winner’’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

“Completely infectious” BBC Music *****

“Utterly stunning” fROOTS

“Immense yet ultra-supple sophistication, musicianship of the first order …a breath of fresh air” SONGLINES

“Guitarist with that bravely experimental trio Lau, Kris Drever has all the makings of a solo celebrity” THE GUARDIAN **** 

“Kris Drever is a serious talent” MOJO

Tickets are £14 / £12 online here or £15 on the door. Under 16s Free if accompanied by paying adult.

Buy tickets HERE

Fanny Lumsden and the Prawnstars

2x ARIA and 9x CMAA Golden Guitar winner Fanny Lumsden’s shows are one of a kind. An all-in affair, where joy and exuberance meet intimate storytelling, delivered with wit, warmth and luscious harmonies. Alongside her band The Prawn Stars, Fanny has “established herself as one of the genre’s most esteemed performers” (The Australian), honing her craft in hundreds of halls on her annual ‘Country Halls Tour’ all the way to her first UK show – a packed-out Avalon Stage at Glastonbury.

Fanny has just released her fourth studio album Hey Dawn which took out the ARIA for Best Country Album presented by Dolly Parton, was nominated for the AMP (Mercury Prize equivalent), took out the CMAA Golden Guitar Award for Alt Country Album of the Year (was nominated for 4) and was just nominated for Best Country Album at the AIR Awards in May 2024. Hey Dawn debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Australian Album charts and in the top 10 global ARIA charts and went on to hold the number 1 Australian Country spot for 5 weeks and was the 4th highest selling country album for 2023.

Hey Dawn has gained high praise including 4 stars in Rolling Stone Magazine and being claimed as being as “unique and timeless” (Capital News), a “triumph” (Women in Pop) and cementing Fanny as “undoubtedly the brightest new country star of this era” (Capital News). Featuring standout tracks including the “breathtaking” (Rolling Stone) opening track Hey Dawn, the country radio top ten and CMT #1 hit Millionaire, and fast fan favourites When I Die and Ugly Flowers.

Having grown up on a sheep and cropping farm and spending most of her time touring regional Australia in a caravan, Fanny’s songs are born of the red dirt, the snowy mountains, and all the people in between. She’s a farmer, a volunteer firefighter, a highly acclaimed singer songwriter with her album Fallow (2020) taking out the ARIA Award and the AIR Award for Country Album of the Year plus 5x CMAA Golden Guitars, including Album of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. The album was also shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize Top 9 Australian Albums (2020) and topped it off with an APRA Award nomination for one of the Top 5 most played country songs in 2021 for Dig.
An artist who is dedicated to playing live and connecting with audiences, Fanny has toured with the
likes of Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers and more, headlined multiple sold-out theatre tours, played Americanafest in Nashville, and successfully undertaken 10 Country Halls tours (250 + halls) where she took her full band show to halls all over regional Australia and NZ, and now Scotland this July. Having recently wrapped up her hugely successful debut headline tour which sold out shows in New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and theatres across Australia, she is currently on the road playing Country Halls through regional Australia and is set to return to the UK in August.
The show is hilarious, inclusive and adventurous and don’t let the name fool you…it’s perfect for the whole family!

ARIA – Australian Recording Industry Association CMAA – Country Music Association of Australia
AMP – Australian Music Prize
AIR – Australian Independent Record Labels Association APRA – Australasian Performing Rights Association

Tickets £16, Under 10s Free. BUY TICKETS HERE

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