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The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award, back in 2003, multi-instrumentalist and singer Jarlath Henderson has since won further acclaim in his firebrand partnership with Ross Ainslie.  His hotly-anticipated solo debut, Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, launched at Celtic Connections 2016, comprises bold yet sensitive arrangements of traditional song, also featuring Henderson on guitar and cittern, together with his hand-picked accompanying line-up of Hamish Napier, Innes Watson, Duncan Lyall and Andrea Gobbi.


Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, highly sought after on the Scottishcontemporary folk scene for his skill on pipes, whistles and cittern.  His third and latest album, Sanctuary is a distillation of his globe-trotting experiences in acts including Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, India Alba and duos with Jarlath Henderson and Ali Hutton. An all-original, through-composed work, weaving in diverse world-music sounds, it’s performed here with album guests Steven Byrnes, Greg Lawson,  Hamish Napier, James Lindsay and Cormac Byrne.

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Moishe’s Bagel began in 2003, the lucky accident of an Edinburgh-based Chilean tango singer and four like-minded musicians. A shared love of klezmer, jazz and latin music soon saw them on stage at Henry’s Cellar Bar with a few tunes and a lot of enthusiasm. Since then, the band has regularly toured the UK, Ireland, and the Czech Republic, notching up sellout gigs at the Jazz Cafe, Sage Gateshead, St George’s Bristol, Edinburgh Queens Hall and many many more.

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Rise Kagona quickly came to fame after travelling to the UK with his Bhundu Boys when he was in his early 20s. The Bhundu Boys went on to tour the world - one of the first African bands to achieve worldwide success.  Now based in Edinburgh, Rise has formed The Jit Jive Band to play his new music. His songs stay true to style that brought him success in the 80s. If anything his music is more rootsy than before - with the addition of marimba and percussion.

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Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it’s often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together. 


Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring one of the most captivating double-bassists you`re likely to see and some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads. 


coach house concerts


Doors open 7 pm


Darcy DaSilva


Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter


Doors open at 7 pm

Check on the day for times

Chris Shaw  

Finbar McGee

Nicola Black Trio

Gerry Creen

Gi Deordenhu (DJ slot)

Ward & Watson

Biff Simpson


Doors open at 1 pm

Check on the day for times


Ruth Alexander


Cairn Chorus

The Ali Paxton Band

Wendy Stewart

Mat Cook

Colin James

Eddie Allen

Burning Reeds

Emma Gillespie

Mike Hastings

The Razorbills

Jez Hellard


Doors open at 1 pm

Check on the day for times

Karina Wald

Clair Tierney

Anne Chaurand

Guillaume Tiberghien

Gilly Jarman & Gail Bashall

Phil Alexander

Ralph Yates-Lee

Once Were Oystercatchers

Greg Lawson & Pete Garnett

John Coletta Band

Breezy Lee

Jez Hellard


Children & Family Events


FEstival Workshop & PArade

Parade making workshop for all the family; fun and creative recycling in the marquee from 2 - 4 pm.  Followed by the Festival parade at 4pm. This year's theme is Forest Animals Disco - bring your bushiest tails and funkiest frocks!

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Firmly established (since 1987), Clydebuilt is a leading Scottish Puppet Theatre Company. The company tour throughout the UK and Europe.  Clydebuilt have also toured to the Middle East and visited China.




The Little Fawn is a wonderful, travelling puppet theatre: a 1950's Cheltenham Fawn caravan is magically transformed into a unique performance space for children and their families.




Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers, with their musicians the Bones Creek Band, are based in County Durham. The group performs the dances and tunes of the Appalachian Mountains in the USA.  Their workshops invite participants to learn basic steps and a simple dance routine. Hard soled shoes or taps are needed.

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margaret morris movement

Two workshops delivered on Sunday 13th May. The adult session will explore aspects of 'Skye Boat Song' the dance Margaret Morris choreographed for the Celtic Ballet and which she took to America in 1954 for Jacob's Pillow Festival. "Forest Adventure"- An early years creative movement session exploring the flora, fauna and magic of the forest. Bring your imagination to the movement story as it unfolds; sing, dance, mime and play. ages 4-7.


Tea DAnce

In aid of Moniaive Playcare. Cakes! Tea! Expert tuition from Blue!


Plus Family Ceilidh, Circus Skills Workshop, Street Performers & More!


music workshops and open mic stage

Beginner penny whistle with maggie feeney

Maggie will be joining us this year with her popular “Easy Peasy Penny Whistle” workshop. She had great success with her workshops at several festivals last year. The workshop is for complete beginners. No musical knowledge is needed just lots of enthusiasm. Maggie has plenty of whistles but if you want to bring your own we’ll be using “D” whistles. You’ll be learning simple well known tunes with some harmonies, rounds and partner songs. It’ll be great fun!!!

Saturday  11 - 12 and 3 - 4 in The Paterson Rooms.

singing workshop with kate howard

Kate is a dynamic and internationally known singer and teacher. She founded many of the countries first community choirs and has performed all over the world studying different vocal styles. 
In this workshop entitled 'Songs of Struggle’ she will lead songs from the Civil Rights movement in the US, uplifting South African anthems to workers songs from the UK. It’s open to everyone from any age and ability. Singing is our birthright!

Saturday 11 - 12 in the Masonic Hall.

pipes and whistles with ross ainslie

A fantastic opportunity for players of intermediate to advanced ability to participate in a workshop led by our Saturday headliner Ross Ainslie. Make sure you sign up for this when you arrive to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited. Bring your own instruments.

Saturday 1 - 2 in The Paterson Rooms.

moishe's bagel percussion and more

First up will be a workshop from Moishe's Bagel's highly talented percussionist Guy. This will be aimed at an intermediate/advanced ability and Guy will be providing percussion if you need some.

Saturday 11 - 12 in The Coach House

Next will be a workshop led by various members of Moishe's Bagel with the aim of learning some music to play at the World Music session happening from 5pm in the Masonic Hall. This will also be for players of intermediate to advanced level and would be of particular interest to fiddle, mandolin and accordion players.

Saturday 12 - 1 in The Coach House.

Samba workshop with peter tagg

Peter Tagg is a highly versatile percussionist who specialises in Taiko and Samba drumming. A former member of the Carnival Arts Samba Band and Mugyenko Taiko Drummers, Peter manages to turn absolute beginners into tub-thumping sambistas in no time. This is for people of all abilities and ages, and will result in the Moniaive Samba Band who will lead the parade at 4pm. So if you want to get involved in creating the beat that the whole festival will move to, get yourself along.

Saturday 2 - 3 in The Big Top.


This year the open mic stage will be in The Big Top. It will run from 3 pm on Saturday and from 2 pm on Sunday. No need to book in advance; just turn up and speak to Euan who will sort you out with a slot.



Coach house evening concert (seated):


Jenn Butterworth & Laura Beth Salter


Coach House concerts

Main marquee evening concert (limited seating gig):

Moishe's Bagel

Rise Kagona & The Jit Jive Band






Circus Skills

craft fair

Festival WOrkshop & PArade

Little Fawn Caravan Theatre

Coach House concerts


Main marquee evening concert (all seated gig):

Jarlath Henderson Band

Ross Ainslie & The Sanctuary Band





Margaret Morris dance session

clog dancing workshop

CLydebuilt Puppets

Tea Dance

Family Ceilidh

Coach House concerts