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JANUARY WED 17th. 7.30pm £6/£5 conc. We open our festival by featuring WOODY GUTHRIE. One of the greatest influences on generations of songwriters, the maestro of political and protest songwriting.
Thirty two of Woody's most memorable songs presented with a visual extravaganza. A narrative links the songs and puts them into a context, illustrated by a projected backdrop of contemporary photographs and pictures. First staged in Glasgow in 1992, it toured Scotland , culminating at the Edinburgh Festival. The renowned Glasgow group, Cahouts, will join members of the original show.
JANUARY FRI 19th 7.30pm £7/£6 conc.  This HEADLINE CONCERT features the renowned ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER along with the powerful lyricist DAVE ROVICS.   Attila is a self confessed punk poet and Dave an American songwriter whose songs have a strong socialist feel. To open the night we have MARTIN COFFIELD, a local making a huge impression with his own, hard hitting lyrics.
JANUARY SAT 20th 7.30pm £7 & £6 conc THE MAGIC SONGBOOK SHOW Our Festival aim is to promote and celebrate great songwriting so we are delighted to feature a candidate for being Scotland 's finest contemporary writer - MATT McGINN. We bring you the first of three different shows over the Festival, dedicated to this lyrical legend. This first one, THE MAGIC SONGBOOK SHOW received rave reviews when premiered at the East Kilbride Theatre in November 2006.
JANUARY MON 22nd 7.30pm  £ 6/£5 conc. A GLASGOW PREMIERE LINEAGE presents: - The Warrior Ancestors Of David Livingstone. Dr . DAVID LIVINGSTONE I PRESUME? Lineage is a new show charting the warrior ancestry of the great explorer. The Story tells some incredible tales of daring with new songs. Come along and learn something about your ancestry. Scottish historian DUNCAN BROWN will do the narration, DAVE GIBB and JIM MCKENNA will add 13 new songs and a couple of old gems. The show charts the part the Livingstones' played in shaping the history of Scotland from 1600 to the middle of the 1800's. The show will be illustrated by slides and authentic warrior dress. You may find yoursel looking at your own forbears, who knows? You may even have had one of your ancestors fighting alongside these mighty men. NOT TO BE MISSED.
JANUARY FRI 26th 7.30pm. £7/£6 conc. ALLAN TAYLOR & TAM WHITE. HEADLINE CONCERT with these two internationally renowned performers. (Allan, sorry about the typo with your name on the programme) Opening this mouthwatering night we have the talented songwriter TOM CLELLAND. (see 31st, Jan) Book early for this one.
FEBRUARY FRI 2nd 7.30pm. £7/£6 conc. BEN SANDS and CHRISTINE KIDD   From the famous SANDS family we are delighted and privileged to welcome BEN to our festival.   Ben Sands hails from the frontier town of Newry, County Down on the East coast of Ireland. Ben tried his hand at any instrument that came about the place and after early excursions on piano and fiddle he added further adventures on guitar, whistle, uillean pipes, tenor banjo, bazouki and mandolin. In due course he became a cornerstone of the illustrious Sands Family, performing and recording with that widely travelled and acclaimed band since the early 1970s.   While The Sands Family continue to tour and record in their own inimitable fashion, Ben has lately followed brothers Colum and Tommy Sands as a successful solo performer and recording artiste. To his acknowledged accomplishments as a song-writer, instrumentalist, harmony vocalist and arranger, Ben brings a solid reputation as a "great singer of great songs" from a diversity of sources. These days his own compositions are well featured in his concerts as well as in the performances and recordings of a growing number of notable artistes. Ben Sands songs, music and stories paint pictures of an ongoing legacy inherited in those early, influential years on a small farm in County Down and enriched by his colourful, musical, adventure-some journeys through life.   CHRISTINE KYDD - Long-standing interpreter and champion of the Scots song tradition, Christine Kydd has performed and recorded, over a number of years, with other singers and musicians to produce some of Scotland's finest and often award - winning harmony vocal sounds, including successful and groundbreaking projects with Janet Russell, and in super trio, Chantan .  In parallel to her career as singer of old songs, and since she was a teenager in Glasgow, Christine has been writing songs.   With influences including Nanci Griffith, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and more recently writers on the Scottish scene, the audience can expect a more contemporary feel, songs of personal experience in contrast to some of the more issue based songs in her traditional repertoire. Over the years, she's incorporated a few of these songs in solo concerts at folk clubs and festivals. This concert, however, will be the first public airing of some of the songs she's written in the past ten or so years. Her songs have been covered by numerous singers including Macalias (Gill Bowman and Karine Polwart), and recorded by Stairheid Gossip, and also Paddy Bell.   Opening tonight is an undiscovered gem Christine Bovill, a wonderful talent accompanied by brilliant guitarist Ernie Rea.
FEBRUARY SAT 3rd 2pm – 3pm. FREE Auchinraith Primary School presents:- THE SCOTTISH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. The youngsters tell the stories by enacting battle scenes and Wallace's Trial and Execution. (no blood – we hope)   There wil probably be time for an Open Stage session after this performance.
FEBRUARY SAT 3rd 7.30pm £7/£6 conc. STRAMASH present McGINN OF THE CALTON. STRAMASH is Glasgow's super group of six star singers and players in mostly traditional styles, they are  Finlay Allison: ( Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin) Bob Blair: ( Concertina: Vocal) Adam MacNaughton: (Vocal) Kevin Mitchell: (Vocal) and Anne Neilson: (Vocal).   Describing themselves as ‘not so much a folk group – rather, a group of folk' in the twenty or so years of their existence they have championed the cause of traditional song whilst also allowing the occasional performance of Adam McNaughton's own songs! Their performance at the Celtic Connections Festival earned the following review: ‘a big hearted outpouring of traditional music that shared memories with long standing followers, yet speaks engagingly to the uninitiated.' and ‘a bear-hug full of wit, wisdom and vintage music' Mary Brennan – The Herald. They have performed widely at Folk Clubs, Festivals and this tribute to McGinn of the Calton they previously performed on STV. We're guaranteed a powerful understanding and demonstration of McGinn and his songs. Unmissible
FEBRUARY SUN 4th 7.30pm. £10. There could be few things more appropriate to end a festival of songwriting than to honour one of our own great songsmiths IAIN MACKINTOSH. Tragically, we lost this master of song earlier this year but friends and admirers will make this a special night as we remember his special warmth as a performer and interpreter of song and his uncanny ability to make us laugh or cry. All are appearing without charge, at his family's request all proceeds from this night go to Parkinson Research. This is sure to be a fantastic night, get your ticket/s early and support a great cause
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