was brought up in Perthshire and Angus and was steeped in the traditional music of Scotland from an early age. He learned to play guitar while at school and by his early twenties was winning songwriting competitions and playing in folk clubs all over Scotland. His career began to take off when he hosted the open stage at Edinburgh Folk Festival, and through his own playing there secured a contract with Greentrax for his first solo album, Sconeward. Acclaimed by critics and chosen as one of the year’s best by Radio Scotland’s folk programmes Travelling Folk and Celtic Connections, the album brought in bookings at folk clubs and festivals in Britain and abroad, and established Jim as one of the leading songwriters in the traditional idiom in Scotland. He was dubbed: “The new male voice of Scotland.” In January 1999 Jim joined one of Scotland’s most popular international folk acts, the Old Blind Dogs from north east Scotland, and has since worked with them all over the UK, in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany, USA, Canada and Bulgaria. Falkland festival welcome Jim back as a solo performer and this is certainly a concert not to be missed.
Newton of Falkland village hall, 26/06/10 @7.30pm
The Gary Sutherland Ceilidh Band
was formed in 2004 by Gary and his brother Alan. The Line-up is Accordion, Drum Kit, Keyboards and Fiddle. The Band plays lively Ceilidh music for functions all across Scotland and has also performed across Europe. The Band is regular Broadcasters on BBC Radio Scotland’s “Take the Floor” and has also released two successful CD’S.
Falkland village hall, 18/06/10 @8pm
The Pentlands Ceilidh Band
The Band are extremely experienced, and have broadcast twice in recent years, on BBC Radio Scotland’s “Take The Floor”, hosted by Robbie Shepherd on a Saturday evening.
Ceilidh Band Champions in 2002, the band are also regular guests at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival, as well as making appearances at the Mull Music Festival, Oban Music Festival, Jura Music Festival and Newcastleton Music Festival. The band recently launched a debut album “Just four ewes” on the LCR label.
The Rosely Ceilidh band
are a trio of young musicians who all hail from the County of Angus, Scotland. The trio consists ofAllan Smeaton (17) – Accordion & Midi, Lisa Laird (20) – Accordion & Midi & Alisha Smeaton (18) – Drums and Percussion. Although they are quite a young ceilidh band they offer some great talent and already have over four years experience within the music industry. The bands furthest afield trip has been to France, providing the music for the Gordon School of Dancing from Montrose, having been over there a couple times with them over the past few years. They play, and do guest spots at a lot of well known Accordion and Fiddle Festivals throughout Scotland including: Shetland, Arbroath, Kirriemuir, Falkland, Auchtermuchty and Keith. They have also been guest artistes at many accordion clubs including: Forfar, Montrose, Arbroath, Ladybank, Windygates, Glenrothes, Dunfermline, Aberdeen, Banchory, Banff, and Turriff. Weekends are often filled up with local gigs at events such as: Weddings, Birthday Parties, Concerts, Ceilidhs & Dances, Dinner-Dances.