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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

Gary Innes

Gary Innes

Gary Innes and Ewen Henderson are founding members of the award-winning folk-rock band Mànran. As a duo, Innes and Henderson’s performances are characterised not only by their obvious fire, dexterity and flair for the lively, upbeat side of Scottish music but also by some of the most tender, heartfelt treatment of slow-airs to be heard anywhere today.

Heron Valley

Heron Valley

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. 

Abigail Pryde

Abigail Pryde

Whether it’s a tale of heartbreak, revenge or just a sweet love song, Abigail Pryde’s songwriting has all the country feeling you could ask for. Throw in a backing band featuring some of Scotland’s top folk musicians and It will surely get your ears twitching! If you’re a fan of Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgreves and Tenille Townes- Abigail’s music is certainly for you. Having written and recorded with other artists such as folk band Heron Valley for much of her career, she is now stepping out on her own with her debut album under Wee Studio Records. 

The Camans

The Camans

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. 

Robin Miller

Robin Miller

Robin Miller was born on South Uist and grew up on Islay. Previously played as a folk session guitarist touring in France and Italy and was a member of Glasgow-based world music collective Zuba. Since moving back to Argyll 14 years ago he has played solo and in roots/folk duo Miller-Crossan; they are preparing to record our debut album of original material. His own instrumental solo album, ‘Beelines’ was recorded in Glasgow in one session – it will be released in the next few months.

Inverhooley Ceilidh Band

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.

Jack Ruby 5

Jack Ruby 5

The Jack Ruby 5 are a Blue Note style jazz combo playing classic jazz tunes and original compositions in styles such as: jazz, blues, soul & bossa nova grooves. The band ranges from a guitar/double bass duo to and 11 piece combo with keys, brass section and percussion.

Mairi McGillivray

Mairi McGillivray

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.

Seylan Baxter

Seylan Baxter

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.

Liam Somerville

Liam Somerville

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.

Blair McColm

Blair McColm

A Cowal based musician writing earnest Scottish acoustic indie. Started performing live in 2017 and writing in 2018. With an EP and multiple singles now uploaded to Spotify and other streaming platforms, I am now gearing up to write and release my debut album.