Midnight Shepherd unmasked

Yes. As neat googlers will have discovered, Midnight Shepherd, playing a blues set in the Friday night programme at the 2013 Belladrum Tartan Heart festival is indeed, Jamie McGrigor.

Conservative MSP and Argyllshire farmer, Jamie McGrigor will be playing a set on the Free Range Folk Stage on the Friday of the festival, under the stage name, Midnight Shepherd.

He has form on this, does  Jamie McGrigor.

He has previously played with musicians like Hamish Imlach, the Dubliners and Stevie Winwood. He will be performing covers of songs by Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and The Eagles, together with his own material, some of it comic, some serious, about political and  non-political situations. Sounds fun.

After one unsuccessful election campaign when Jamie stood for Westminster in the Western Isles, he was invited by the victorious Labour party to play at their after-party in the Stornoway Sea Angling Club. This he duly did, with a rendition of his composition ‘If you’re thinking of voting Labour, pog mo thoin’ – which met with a surprisingly enthusiastic reception. For the knowledgeable Gaelic speaker, ‘pog ma thoin’ means ‘Kiss my arse’.

Jamie McGrigor says: ‘Having attended Bella on many occasions since it began, I am very excited to be performing at it for the first time. It will give numerous people the chance to tell me keep my day job. And I hope they will vote for me to do that.

‘Bella is a fantastic festival and congratulations are due to Joe Gibbs and his magnificent team of organisers.

‘I look forward to good music and good weather making this year’s festival an outstanding event once again and it is a thrill to be playing a small part.’

The 2013 Belladrum Tartan Heart festival takes place on 2nd and 3rd August, at the Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. This independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach.

It won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘oscars’.

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