TIDES festival is a pilot partnership between Live Argyll, Dunoon Burgh Hall (DBH) and CHARTS, Funded by Creative Scotland with support from the Scottish Government. Working alongside Festival Producer, Iain Maclean, we set out to give audiences a taste of Argyll and Bute's music offering and to support local musicians and technical crew during the pandemic. We are also delighted to bring you additional SHOWCASE material from artists inspired by Argyll
Heron Valley are an energy fuelled, traditional band from Scotland. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, including traditional Scots song and Scottish piping tunes and irish banjo. The five-piece group comprises, Abigail Pryde on Fiddle and Vocals, Keith Morrison on Keys, Nick Hamilton on Banjo and Guitar, Alastair Maclean on Bagpipes and Whistles, and Callum Cronin on Bass and Guitar.
A 3 piece band from Argyll and Bute, Callum, Scott and Rhona play regularly in and around Argyll and Bute at festivals, functions and gigs. In October 2020 they released their debut Album called ‘This Is Us’ of original music plus a rendition of 'Canon in D' and an arrangement of Margaret’s Waltz which was a commission for Dunoon’ Argyll Cruising.
Inverhooley Ceilidh Band
Inverhooley Ceilidh Band formed five years ago after meeting while playing socially in Cowal. Their popularity comes from their ability to entertain any audience with their variety of instrumentation, lively traditional music and songs. Their collective experience extends to over two centuries but they have embraced new technology to connect with audiences around the world, including as part of the 2020 Cowal Virtual Gathering.
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Mairi McGillivray is a Gaelic singer from the island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. Mairi comes from a strong gaelic background and uses her heritage along with her dynamic range of musical influences to put her own style on songs from her tradition, performing in gaelic and other traditional styles as well as self-penned songs. Mairi's Debut EP, "In My Mind", was released on the 15th of January 2021 which received glowing reviews. Mairi will be joined on stage by the talented Paul McKenna (The Paul McKenna Band) on guitar.
After a gap of almost two centuries the cello is finally finding its place again in the Scottish traditional music scene and Seylan Baxter is one of those at the forefront of this revival. Her own cello friendly compositions are in traditional style but tend to veer towards the quirky or eccentric, having been once described as 'mad as a bagful of badgers'. The Tides Festival will be her first performance of a set of her own compositions and she will accompany herself with a looping pedal.
A singer-songwriter from Dunoon who has been performing solo for the last few years and in 2019 released a debut single and EP "SOMER NIGHTS". With the soon to be released debut album 'Life. Death. Love. ( and Everything In-Between)' With the help of Mark Borland (The Apparents) and Callum Newall (SOAP) on bass and drums, formed "The Streetlight Band" in 2020.