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Arran Folk Festival

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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.


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:


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 @

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Martin played @ Castlekirk 16th July 2004, please click on the links below to download 'Orange Is the Colour Of Joy', from Martin's album, 'Collective Force'. These video clips are downloadable with the kind permission of Martin Stephenson. You can find more information about Martin @

Orange Is The Colour Of Joy - Low Version (4.08MB)

Orange Is The Colour Of Joy - Med Version (8.32MB)

Orange Is The Colour Of Joy - High Version (14.60MB)

CastleKirk, houses "The Green Harper Gallery", a room which has hosted art exhibitions from around Europe.

It has also hosted evenings of Celtic storytelling and live music from artists such as: Fiona Davidson, Robin Williamson, Carol Laula and Nick Harper. Bert Jansch turned the house into a studio for 2 weeks and recorded his "Toy Balloon" album for Cooking Vynil Records in 1998.

There have also been various workshops, conferences and a wedding held in this unique venue.

Check back to this page for regular updates on events and performances happening at "The Green Harper Gallery".


Nick Harper on the steps @  The Green Harper Gallery for Nick's Official website.


"There are doubtless less easily accessible live music locations in Scotland than Lochranza at the North end of Arran. Few of their venues though, can be so un-rock 'n' roll as CastleKirk's music room. A former chapel, beautifully renovated, it is certainly a different proposition from Nick Harper's port of call tonight at King Tut's."

Rob Adams- The Herald.

Symbolistic Harp

Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8HL
Tel : +44 1770 830202 (outside the UK) 01770 830 202 (from UK) e-mail: