Visit the website: www.arranfolkfestival.com
ABOUT THE ARRAN FOLK FESTIVAL
After several years of contemplation, two
individuals who have been very closely involved with the
festival at different times, have decided to create a new
Arran Folk Festival and to do it in a way which is sustainable
in the increasingly commercial world in which we find ourselves.
Terry Stevens is known to most islanders and a greatmany
perennial visitors, for his ceilidh work with the "Boguillie
Band" and a variety of folk lineups which can be found
playing in all corners of the island at all times of year.
In a former life, Terry was a director of a marketing company
and brings a clear business approach to music - he was also
a long-standing Arran Folk Festival committee member. Donal
Boyle has been at the forefront of traditional music on
Arran for nearly 20 years, having started his musical apprenticeship
in the Kiscadale Hotel at the tender age of 14. He has played
with Arran Folk Festival founder members, Iain & Maggie
Frame in the "Angels' Share" and Glasgow Bluegrass
band the "Moonshiners" before joining Terry and
his various bands. Donal wasalso a long-standing committee
member and latter day chairman of the festival.
The idea is to run the Arran Folk Festival
as a business and to relaunch it with a very high, international
profile. Celtic Connections has provided a tremendous model,
which demonstrates that it is possible to run a successful,
fully commercial enterprise without losing the essence of
the tradition with its informality, spontaneity and great
sense of humour. The Festival will also establish a trust
fund to assist the many community groups, which are involved
in music and the performing arts generally. To that end
it is proposed that the 15th Arran Folk Festival will take
place in June 2009 and in the meantime, the company will
promote a series of concerts, acoustic sessions and family
ceilidhs every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays.
It will also be recording local performers whose CDs will
be available throughout the island and online.
NICK HARPER AND GLENN TILBROOK PLAY BASE CAMP MT EVEREST!
For 23 days in October (9-31) 2007, cancer
survivors and co founders of the Love Hope Strength Foundation
(LHSF) Mike Peters of the Welsh rock band the Alarm and
entertainment insurance executive James Chippendale took
the fight against cancer to new heights- Mount Everest.
Also taking part in the Everest Rocks trek were Billy Duffy
(The Cult), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Jimmy Barnes,
Dave Wakeling (English Beat), Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) and
Nick Harper along with mountaineers, cancer survivors and
those whose lives have been affected by cancer and invited
friends on the adventure of a lifetime.
"Everest Rocks" was a fourteen
day trek and acoustic concert at the base camp of Mount
Everest, with a grand finale rock concert in Kathmandu.
Funds raised through the promotions will go to The Love
Hope Strength Foundation Cancer Support network that will
provide cancer patients and their families with funding
for treatments and access to information on the best doctors,
treatments, hospitals, clinical trials and medications available.
A portion of the proceeds from events will benefit local
cancer charities in each area. Funds raised from the Everest
Rocks Event will provide much needed funding to the Nepal
Cancer Society and their very worthwhile programs. If you
would like to make a donation, please go to: www.lovehopestrength.co.uk
Glenn Tilbrook last
played at CastleKirk in Easter 2005. He had previously played
@ CastleKirk 28th September 2004, below are a selection
of photographs taken by Robert Coia on that night. For more
information visit @ www.glenntilbrook.com
Please click on an image for enlarged version.