Ardfern’s Galley Gig Fest hits half way high – don’t miss the rest of it this weekend

With more still to come, the Galley of Lorne Inn’s month-long music festival, Galley Gig Fest, hit its half way point in the first weekend in August, notching up outstanding performances by the first swathe of acts – with more scheduled for the coming weekend.

The ambitious month long festival kicked off on Friday 26th July, with Morayshire singer / guitarist  Gareth Bryant playing a popular mix of covers including Paulo Nutini, Daft Punk and The Beatles and continued on Sunday 28th July with local band Oban Heart Surgery laying down a marker for musical talent on the west coast. Unfortunately the Karla Bernardi gig was cancelled as she was rushed to hospital. We of course all wish her well.

Lochgilphead band, None the Wiser, increased the volume and energy levels in Ardfern , providing a rousing start to weekend two,  with  the whole Galley dancing to their set of rock classics including ACDC,  ZZTop and most other letters of the alphabet in between.

The Chartroom Ceilidh Band entertained afternoon visitors with their mix of traditional and contemporary classics as part of the Craignish Festival’s Pirate Parade.

A last minute line-up change saw John Colletta, driving force behind Scottish folk-a-billy band The Humpf family, step in as a worthy headliner on Saturday 3rd August. John’s unique blend of self-penned music and popular tunes was warmly received in the Galley.

And on Sunday it was standing room only when six of the eight piece Red Pine Timber Company squeezed into the Galley to rock everyone’s socks off, putting a classic Americana twist onto unexpected artists such as Paolo Nutini.

Sales of their CD rocketed as members of the audience snapped them up on the night.

Organiser Andrew Stanton hopes the success of the festival so far will encourage more people to come along to see the remaining acts. He says: ‘We’ve had a brilliant two weeks. The bar has been bursting with talent and the audiences have been bouncing.

‘I’ve never seen the place so full – or so many people up dancing. It’s been worth all the hard work to bring these great acts to the west coast. And we’ve still got two more musical weekends to enjoy. I’d encourage anyone who loves live music to come along – they won’t be disappointed.’

With more bands still to play, the remainder of the Gig Fest promises to showcase some of the best musicians in the area – and shows the calibre of acts west coast venues can attract.

This Friday, 16th August, it’s the turn of brothers Malcolm and Martin, who named their band after deciding on making music for a living – ‘Beats Diggin’ Holes’. The duo play guitar ukulele, keys, cajun and banjo, producing a blend of traditional Scottish and Irish folk styles with Lady Gaga. They’ll give anything a go.

The Galley is delighted to welcome a festival favourite on Saturday 17th August. Solo performer Jono will perform tracks from his acclaimed album ‘Sentimental Anarchist’ and is a well-known figure on the Scottish music festival circuit.

The Galley Gig Fest rounds off on Sunday 18th August when Captain Stupendous Does Ceilidh and Stuff – mixing traditional Scottish ceilidh music with a few musical surprises that will appeal to all.

Entry to all gigs is free of charge. Full details of the line up can be found here on the Galley of Lorne website, with pictures and reviews on the Galley’s Facebook page here.

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