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2019 line-up

Welcome to the 18th Moniaive Folk Festival!  After a wonderful programme in 2018, this coming festival will yet again be bringing some of the finest acts on the folky circuit down to our wee village.

10th - 12th May 2019… a weekend not to be missed.

Stuart Macpherson - Musical Director 2019

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OBT or 'Oakes, Bews, Thorpe' is a Scottish power trio consisting of Tom Oakes (Ross Couper + Tom Oakes, Auvo Quartet) on guitars and wooden flute, Jon Bews (Malinky, James Yorkston, Cantrip) on 5 string fiddle and Daniel Thorpe (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010, Malinky, Tyde) on fiddle. Drawing on the music of Scotland combined with world music influences and new composition, OBT’s dynamic performances work as well in an intimate acoustic setting or on a packed festival dancefloor.


For over a decade Sheelanagig have brought their foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. Guitar, fiddle and double bass combined with the rhythmic energy of flute, drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, means this quintet from South-West England create a real dynamic inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces. Prepare yourself for “a completely top night out.” Mike Harding - Radio 2


To celebrate 21 years in the musical melting pot of Glasgow Findlay Napier released his new album Glasgow in October 2017. The album features self-penned songs written with collaborator and album producer Boo Hewerdine and songs plucked from Glasgow's past and present. Folk Radio UK said "laced with sadness and joy, melancholy and anger, this is a magnificent piece of work that both celebrates the city and underscores Napier as one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene." 


Free One is the much anticipated debut album from Kinnaris Quintet. The album was released in September 2018 to rave reviews. The Herald said it was “a great example of musicians moving the tradition forward…” All vigorous, driving, high spirited musicians in their own right Fiona MacAskill (fiddle), Laura Wilkie (fiddle), Aileen (Reid) Gobbi (5 string fiddle), Laura Beth Salter (mandolin) and Jenn Butterworth (guitar) have all come together to form the brand new quintet that is taking the Scottish traditional music scene by storm.


Family events


Taking place on Saturday, this is an opportunity for young and old to get involved in preparing the props for the colourful parade.


Firmly established (since 1987), CLYDEBUILT is a leading Scottish Puppet Theatre Company. The company tour throughout the UK and Europe.  They have been a very popular part of the Folk Festival for years - come to their show and workshop on Sunday to find out why!


Last year we were lucky enough to be graced by the presence of Lord and Lady Flumperdinkle. Everyone treated them so well they have agreed to come back. They’ll be mingling with the commoners throughout the weekend. Mind your P’s and Q’s.


Back by popular demand - The Little Fawn Puppet Theatre. Created by Shane Connolly of Sokobauno Puppet Theatre, the Little Fawn is a wonderful, travelling puppet theatre. A 1950’2 Cheltenham Fawn caravan is magically transformed into a unique performance space for children and their families.