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Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Held in Campbeltown, located on the remote peninsula of Kintyre, the Kintyre Songwriters Festival has been hosting the best in songwriting talent from not only Kintyre but beyond since it's inaugural event in 2008.

Not only does the festival support local talent by giving them a showcase environment in which to perform to an appreciative audience, we also sponsor the Kenneth Gilchrist Memorial Quaich For Original Songwriting, an award given in conjunction with the local Grammar School.

The 2017 Kintyre Songwriters Festival marks a change in what has become a traditional part of Kintyre songwriting heritage. Not only is it our tenth festival, it will also be the first year we move our main weekend concert events to a new venue.

The newly redeveloped Town Hall will be the venue for the Saturday and Sunday seated concerts.

The organisers try to accommodate as many local performers as possible, so if you write and/or perform songs, the festival wants to hear from you! The event has attracted performers from as far afield as Los Angeles, Barcelona and Berlin, with previous guests including top Scottish acts like Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit), Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Rachel Sermanni and Scottish Album of the Year award winner Kathryn Joseph.

To ensure that local talent can be given priority, the organisers urge local musicians, singer-songwriters and groups of any genre who are interested in getting involved to contact info@kintyresongwritersfestival.co.uk before the closing date of Sunday 22nd January to register their interest. Non-performing local songwriters who are interested in having their material performed at the festival should also get in touch.

Campbeltown Town Hall

What Others Have Said

"Definitely one of the finest gigs I've been involved in. Super people and good times! What more can u ask for?" Graeme Ferguson

"Probably one of the best gigs we have played" Amber Wilson

"Fantastic time. Possibly one of our finest gigs so far" Pete MacLeod

What's On

We have three amazing nights of entertainment lined up for your enjoyment

Kicking things off on the 28th April will be the "Rock Night" held in Whisky Macs, where everyone lets their hair down ready to start the weekend off in style. This event is free entry (until 11:30PM)

Then, during the afternoon of 29th April we will be hosting open-mic stages throughout the day. These are open to all, and again are free, so why not come along and give us a song?

In the evening, we host the first of our main concerts in the Town Hall. This is a ticketed event.

And on Sunday the 30th, we do it all again.

More details will be posted closer to the time

One of the most intimate festivals you will find

Besides the remote mainland location, and the sense of common purpose amongst artists, the festival has several other unique characteristics which make it supremely artist-friendly. It is a grass-roots cultural event that focuses on artistic development and to date has not sought grant funding of any kind. All organisers, graphic designers, web developers, local performers and sound crew give their time for free.

All performing local musicians are given free entry to all events to encourage mutual support, collaboration and networking.

A seminar programme allows locals to meet guest artists and learn about writing, performing and the industry, while open stage events provide a feeder to the more formal showcases. Each performer receives a unique artist pack with exclusive festival souvenirs including a CD of the best of the live performances from the previous year.

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

Kintyre Songwriters Festival

History

Besides the remote mainland location, and the sense of common purpose amongst artists, the festival has several other unique characteristics which make it supremely artist-friendly.

It is a grass-roots cultural event that focuses on artistic development and to date has not sought grant funding of any kind. All organisers, graphic designers, web developers, local performers and sound crew give their time for free.

A seminar programme allows locals to meet guest artists and learn about writing, performing and the industry, while open stage events provide a feeder to the more formal showcases. Each performer receives a unique artist pack with exclusive festival souvenirs including a CD of the best of the live performances from the previous year.

The focus of the festival is to showcase the songwriting talent of Kintyre, however we also invite guest artists from outside of Kintyre to attend. Established in 2008, we have been bringing together a like-minded group of individuals to not only perform, but take part in organising the festival.

Below are the posters from previous events. Hover over them to find out the guest artists for that year.

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Guest Artists

Louis Abbott, Finn LeMarinel, Mayor Stubbs, Shanine Gallagher, Martha Ffion, Marc Rooney

2016

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Guest Artists

Colin Macleod, Charlotte Brimner, Miss Irenie Rose, Kathryn Joseph, Angus Munro, Black And White Boy

2015

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Guest Artists

Pete Macleod, CS Buchan, Zoe Bestel, Scott Hutchison, Siobhan Wilson, Tommy Reilly, Sophie Rogers

2014

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Guest Artists

Rachel Sermanni, Emma's Imagination, Colin Train, Megan D

2013

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Guest Artists

Billy Bates, Duncan McCrone, Panda Su, Macanta, Erin Todd, Pol Stevenson

2012

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Guest Artists

Dave Arcari, Ivan Drever, Robin Adams, Adriana Spina, Emily Rose Condon

2011

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Guest Artists

Lyndsey Cockwell, Donnie Nicolson, Amber Wilson

2010

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Guest Artists

Pippa Drysdale, Lisa Polson

2009

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Guest Artists

Lisa Polson

2008

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Get In Touch

We're always looking for new artists

If you'd be interested in performing at a future event, let us know.

Be sure to include a short biography and any links to your music should you have them.

Say hello!