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Kintyre Songwriters Festival

After a 2 year hiatus, the Kintyre Songwriters Festival returns in 2022 with a stellar lineup of the very best of Scottish and local talent over the weekend of 1st-3rd July.

Friday will kick the weekend off with a free show in the Commercial Inn with performances from local bands including festival favourites The Gilchristians, psychedelic rockers The Twisted Melons and The Dubious Blues Band, plus a host of great solo artists.

On the following two evenings, the musical showcases move to the more intimate setting of the town hall. Saturday headliner Jill Jackson is one of Scotland's leading singer songwriters and an acclaimed artist within the thriving international Americana music scene. Her sensitive and sympathetic storytelling, heart-rending vocals, and sheer love of Americana music, have earned her a loyal fan base around the world and not surprisingly, drawn comparisons to the likes of Brandi Carlile and Joni Mitchell.

A natural born storyteller and award-winning artist, Jill effortlessly marries swinging American charm with Scottish heart. As former front woman of noughties pop-rock group Speedway, she has enjoyed an illustrious 20-year career – from signing to major record label Virgin EMI and hitting the UK top 10 to performing on Top of the Pops and stages around the world such as T In The Park, Party In The Park, Glastonbury and Wembley Arena, writing for Mel C and touring with the likes of Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart. Jill will be performing tracks from her brand new album

Also on Saturday are superb Edinburgh duo The Jellyman's Daughter. Singing with an affinity and closeness that can often have audiences puzzling over who is singing which harmony line, Emily's honeyed voice and Graham's soft introspective tone have an almost matching vocal range, like a fantasy collaboration between Norah Jones and Elliott Smith. In their songs they incorporate cello, guitar and mandolin, and are often accompanied by long time pal Jamie Francis with his multi-style 5-string banjo playing. Their songs can range from a simple plaintive wisp of a feeling to complex musical endeavours.

A central belt resident with local connections and a long-time supporter of the festival, Stephen "Stevie Shoes" Kelly brings his Britpop influenced guitar pop to the town hall alongside up and coming band The Exhales who also have local connections and recently sold out their debut show at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut.

The Saturday lineup is completed by incredible local talent such as Adam Fortune, who will be performing tracks from his recent debut album, and piano pop from Chris Annetts. The evening will also feature rock from Ross Macinnes and blues from The Dubious Blues Band, complimenting more laid back acoustic sounds from the likes of Dave Bisset, Thomas Jordan and Hope and Alan.

Sunday headliner Nova AKA Nova Scotia the Truth is a rap artist and singer unafraid to challenge stereotypes and annihilate assumptions. She experiments with solo and collaborative works to create tracks with an independent sound spanning grime, trap, Afrobeats, dubstep and frosty electronica in collaboration with some of Scotland's fastest-rising producers. Nova's coolly confident, lyrically deft debut album Re-Up was a deserving winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2020, making Nova the youngest ever winner of the prestigious award.

Joining Nova is Glaswegian singer/songwriter Kitti, who is quickly establishing herself as one to watch, having been added to the bill of this year's TRNSMT festival. Her soaring vocals and unique lyrics demand attention and make it easy to see why fans are making comparisons to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Jorja Smith and Alicia Keys.

Top local musician Alex Wotherspoon will be taking time out from her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to perform her tribute to local hero and great friend of the festival Robert Black. Other local acts on Sunday include Dylan-esque troubadour Che Martin celebrating his recent single releases, up and coming local band Nations, folk balladry from Anne Leith and Les Oman, Americana from Craig Bedson, acoustic grunge vibes from Iain MacIntyre, psychedelic sounds from newcomer Phil Royal and a set from local legends Gullion.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday (£20) are available from local outlets including Campbeltown Town Hall office and Studio 26 Tattoos, and online from https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/kintyre-songwriters-festival-2022-366239

A combined weekend ticket is available for £35. There will also be free open stage event across the weekend.

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 Friday the 1st July will be the "Rock Night" held in The Commercial Inn, where everyone lets their hair down ready to start the weekend off in style. This event is free entry

Then, during the afternoons of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July we will be hosting open-mic stages throughout the day at The Commercial Inn. These are open to all, and again are free, so why not come along and give us a song?

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

And on Sunday, we do it all again!

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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2019

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2018

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The Van T's, Pronto Mama, Jesse Ray, Chrissy Barnacle, Mull Historical Society, Emme Woods

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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Lyndsey Cockwell, Donnie Nicolson, Amber Wilson

2010

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Pippa Drysdale, Lisa Polson

2009

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Lisa Polson

2008

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We're always looking for new artists

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

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