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Regional talent set to take Knockengorroch by storm.

STEPHEN NORRIS A string of musical talent from Dumfries and Galloway is set to take the Knockengorroch Festival by storm performing on home turf at the world music event next weekend.

The Celtic Longhouse stage - the atmospheric heart of the festival - will play host to top singers and players from the south-west alongside a mix of international acts from the traditional and electronic music scene.

Local acts set to enthrall the lively Longhouse audience include celebrated Stranraer singer Robyn Stapleton and Dumfries songbird Claire Hastings.

A respected folk singer and former BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year, Robyn will perform the traditional songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage in Scots, English and Gaelic.

Dumfries lass Claire has enjoyed wide critical acclaim and will charm Knockengorroch crowds with her effortless Scots vocals as she takes on a set of traditional and original songs accompanied by her ukulele and guitar.

Knockengorroch will also be a home-town festival for local combo The Galloway Agreement - an exciting new collaboration featuring established musicians Gavin Marwick (fiddle), Wendy Stewart (clarsach, vocals), Ruth Morris (alto, tenor nyckelharpa) and Stuart Macpherson (double bass).

The quartet will play a mixture of original compositions and favourite tunes and songs from Scotland and beyond - and the gig will be a real trip down memory lane for fiddler Gavin who played at the very first Knockengorroch in 1998.

Festival organiser Liz Holmes said the Longhouse building's green turf roof, traditional wattle and daub walls and traditional lum over the fireplace are set to create a truly special and intimate spot for audiences to enjoy the music.

She said: "Showcasing local talent is very important to us and we're delighted so many can join the bill at the most vibrant and grassroots spot in the festival.

"This year's programme in Knockengorroch Longhouse is especially rich and it is a pleasure to welcome some of the region's leading musical lights to the stage and to take the party late into the night."

The Longhouse stage is supported by Creative Scotland.

Knockengorroch, Scotland's south west camping festival, will be held from Thursday, May 23 to Sunday May 26.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Article Type:Concert review
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 17, 2019
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