John Langan Band

How to describe our headline act? Try – high energy, unhinged, and musically extravagant, taking traditional acoustic idioms and delivering with punk abandonment and virtuosic flare!

This Glasgow power trio have traveled a long way since winning a Danny Kyle Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections 2008 – not least musically, with their brilliantly tempestuous sound encompassing “a veritable United Nations of musical influences” (Folk Radio UK), including Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy and flamenco elements, fueled by visceral punk spirit.

With a deceptively stripped down line-up of vocals, guitar, fiddle, bass and percussion, they released their debut album, Bones of Contention, to ecstatic reviews in 2013, following up two years later with the double disc I’m Alive/Live at the Globe.

They have had a busy winter involved in many collaborative projects including the Band of Burns and we are delighted that they have found time to return to Moniaive as our main stage closing act and will be sticking around to enliven the Sunday survivor`s session!

John Langan, Alastair Caplan, Dave Tunstall Listen Here

“Astonishing work, boundlessly inventive” R2 Magazine

“Exquisite, passionate playing” The Scotsman

“Extraordinary” The Times


Radim Zenkl

is a multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin, mandola, Irish bouzouki, ukulele, tin & low whistles, ethnic flutes (including the 6-foot tall Slovak fujara, didgeridoo and vocals. His performance features original music crossing the tracks of folk, bluegrass, Irish, flamenco, and gypsy music, combined with eastern European traditional songs and instrumentals.

He has invented a masterful technique, the “Zenkl style,” in which a single mandolin sounds like two which must be seen (and heard) to be believed ! His show is virtuosic, entertaining, educational and inspiring Besides his solo performances he is a great improviser, always ready to join just about any musical setting with a variety of his instruments, making him almost a ‘one man festival’

Radim is coming over from the Czech Republic especially for our Festival and, as well as local schools workshops and a main concert spot, will be running an improvisation workshop for all instruments so dig out that Alphorn and come along ! Listen Here

“Imaginative and great” Jerry Garcia

“Excellent technique and lots of great ideas!” Bela Fleck

Top Floor Taivers

are a young and fresh Glasgow based band performing traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and tunes. Coming from Scotland, England and Ireland, they combine stunning vocals with piano, fiddle and clarsach to create unique arrangements of traditional folk songs and tunes as well as their own compositions.

Nominated in the Up and Coming Artist category at the 2016 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Top Floor Taivers released their highly anticipated debut album A Delicate Game in January 2017. With unique arrangements of traditional Scottish songs like The False Bride, to contemporary Scottish songs like Princess Rosanna by Findlay Napier, and Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen, this exciting new album has something in it for everyone.

Since forming in 2013 the band have performed across Scotland and Ireland, with highlights including BBC Music Day, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, and Celtic Connections amongst others. As well as opening the main concert for us , they will be running workshops on singing, harp, fiddle and Irish dancing.
Claire Hastings, Heather Downie, Tina Jordan Rees, Grainne Brady Listen Here


“These four are incredibly talented. Certainly worthy of a lot more exposure. Four to watch out for” Folk Radio UK


Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth

Though he’s only just completed his Master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish fiddle player Ryan Young is already drawing international attention. Boston-based music producer Jesse Lewis, who has also worked with Bela Fleck and Yo-Yo Ma, agreed to produce Ryan’s debut album of traditional Scottish tunes, out early in 2017.

Ryan is a two time BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee, a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner and was as a finalist in BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2015 and 2016. In December 2016, at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, Ryan was named ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’. His fiddle playing, very influenced by the County Clare style, is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision.

For the last fifteen years Jenn Butterworth has been building her name as one of the foremost folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene. Originally from Galloway, she is now a lynchpin at the RCS and in the Glasgow music scene.

An excellent collaborator, she has been a key member of a range of high profile folk music projects, including three of Celtic Connections’ New Voices, four years on the BBC Hogmanay Live show as a member of the All Star House Band and recently a member of folk supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’ involving an array of prominent folk artists including Eliza Carthy, Lady Maisery and Karine Polwart.


Listen Here


“My jaw literally dropped tonight listening to Ryan Young. Accompanied by Jenn, he gave an absolutely amazing performance. And it wasn’t just me. Each set was followed by an extended ovation from a packed room and, while maybe it is customary here, it had been a long, long time since I had seen an opening act given a standing ovation at the end of their set, and called back to the stage for one more bow.” Brad Keithley at Celtic Connections January 2017


Artie’s Tartan Tales

Artie Trezise, co-founder and performer with the legendary Singing Kettle, is coming with his exciting new interactive, musical, storytelling show, “Tartan Tales”.

The family show includes classic songs from his Singing Kettle days as well as a whole new repertoire of children’s stories all with singing and joining-in. There’s some unusual telling of classic children’s tales with Goldilocks, the Little Red Hen and the Three Little Pigs, musical choruses included.

As Artie says “This simple show keeps the audience of children and adults enthralled with interactive stories, songs and lots of laughs. I even manage to squeeze in some classics from my Singing Kettle days”.
On Saturday afternoon, the Moniaive Masonic Hall will be transformed into a wonderland for young and old, so come along for a joyous hour of sheer fun!


Ewan McVicar

Writer, singer, songmaker, storyteller, activist, cultural organiser, author, publisher – Ewan has had a marvellously chequered and fascinating career. From banking in Glasgow and Uganda, teaching guitar in the USA , from writing a song that got into the Top Twenty in 1961 to developing the wonderful resource that is Scots Sangs fur Schools and founding Gallus Publications.

He has travelled the world but can trace his musical credentials right back to the earliest days of the Scottish folk revival and the seminal Glasgow classroom and ceilidh house influences of Morris Blythman (Thurso Berwick) and Norman and Janie Buchan.

Ewan will be involved throughout the festival weekend, adding his good humour and deep insights to many an event.

Find out more about Ewan on the Hands Up For Trad Hall of Fame


Clydebuilt Puppets

This year their show for all ages is called Rapunzel Narrated by a wonderful frog, this fun adaption has all the elements of a traditional tale….the witch, the beautiful girl locked in a tall tower and, of course, the handsome prince who attempts to save Rapunzel. With specially recorded music, beautifully made rod puppets, and Steve Smart’s masterly puppetry skills, this is a show that is enjoyed by adults and children alike and will be followed by Clydebuilt`s famous workshop for all participants.


Moniaive Village Ceilidh Band

After last year’s great set (which surprised even the band!), we welcome back Glencairn’s own musicians, young and old, who support live music and dance all year through.


The Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance

Led by Steve Brown and Blue from Lauriston who has been a stalwart of the festival for many a year and has been running ballroom dance classes throughout the year. Blue will guid you through some leisurely dances and will be ably aided by Steve with his famous butlering skills !






Piping Competitions

This year it is the 10th Moniaive Piping Contest on Saturday 6th May 2017. The judge this year is Mr David Clark, who is very experienced in pipe bands at the highest levels and in adjudication. As this is the 10th anniversary, we are going to put up a cash prize of £100 for Class 7 – Open Piping.

Entry fee £4 per class

Closing date for entries :- Saturday 15th April.

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