AYRSHIRE singer songwriter Colin Hunter has just been added to the line-up for the National Trust for Scotland’s Upside Doon music festival in Alloway next month.
Hunter launches his new EP, Being in Love, on May 24 at Glasgow’s Glad Cafe, and his melodic and emotional acoustic ballads will blossom in the garden which commemorates Robert Burns during the festival on Saturday June 24.
He is the latest Ayrshire talent to take a spot on the bill for the one day festival which showcases the best of Scottish music. The BMX Bandits, Mull Historical Society, Have Mercy Las Vegas, The Stumblers and C. Macleod are also confirmed.
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Hunter said: “I am extremely excited to be performing at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum once again. I played a few years back at the opening the museum alongside King Creosote. It’s a beautiful place with a beautiful setting.”
Upside Doon made its first appearance on Scotland’s festival scene in 2016 with an eclectic bill and boutique feel and all set in Alloway, the town that provided so much inspiration for Robert Burns. The BMX Bandits are one of Scotland’s most influential indie bands who have been creating and performing their inimitable fusion of 60s-inspired melodies and deceptively simple lyrics that are equal parts humorous and heart-breaking for 30 years.
Colin MacIntyre — better known as Mull Historical Society — is one of the UK’s most respected songwriters and performers.
Have Mercy Las Vegas play a rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues, with a Celtic flair. Their debut EP That’s Life was released in September 2016 to rave reviews. Live, their foot-stomping hoe downs and harmonious laments really sing.
Kilmarnock’s The Stumblers combine Celtic melodies, with lyrics inspired by protest-era folk and bluegrass instruments with a chaotic punk rock sensibility to create something totally unique.
Stornoway’s C. Macleod’s album Bloodlines has the spirit of a modern-day folk record, but is at home in the indie guitar world alongside bands like My Morning Jacket.