Gatehouse’s Midsummer Music Festival announce line-up
The Midsummer Music festival in Gatehouse of Fleet is set to welcome a wide range of musical talent over the weekend of the 23rd to the 25th of June.
Continuing to grow each year, the festival is run by volunteers in the community. The two aims of the festival are to promote the local music scene and bring world-class musical acts to Galloway – so obviously they get a massive thumbs up from us here at Small Town Sounds!
This year’s event will be bigger than better than ever before and bands will play all over town. So far, the line-up for the main stage on the Saturday evening will be:
Bristol-based band Chronic Mishaps – The Chronic Mishaps use their punk-tinged ska to poke fun at the establishment and to reflect on the smaller and more annoying things in life. With an irreverent attitude, the Chronics aim to entertain – if you can’t dance to it then they won’t play it. Hailing from all corners of the UK, various band members have: been searched by the Austrian police; shown passports to dudes with machine guns in order to play a gig; been impaled onto a toilet only to be cut free by paramedics; the guitarist recently, despite his age, landed a kick-flip on his skateboard without breaking his ankles; and the bass player has been urinated on twice by the same monkey. Unlucky.
Between them various band members have supported SubHumans, Asian Dub Foundation, Senser, The Orb, Kasabian and The Blockheads.
Edinburgh-based folktronic party starters Yoko Pwno – Formed in 2014, the band have built up a sizeable buzz, blowing audiences away with a live show described as ‘trippy, diverse, innovative, unique and oozing raw natural talent and creativity’. The mixture of Lewis’s’ traditional melodies and fiddle playing, Lissa Robertson’s jaw-dropping vocal and Ali and Calum’s innovative spacey electro-funk makes for a show as exciting as it is unique. The band are currently recording their debut album with producer Iain Copeland (The Peatbog Faeries, Sketch), with a release planned for later this year on Skye Records.
Alex Rex – The Trembling Bells drummer, songwriter and occasional singer released his solo project’s debut album, “Vermilion” in 2017, assisted ironically enough by Bells colleagues Mike Hastings on guitar and Lavinia Blackwall on keyboards. Rory Hayes on bass completes the line-up. Described by Rogers as “a modern Ginger Baker, yelping and skittering on stage” (for a Galloway audience that may conjure up an image unintended by the metropolitan press!), Alex has played with a veritable who’s who of the folk-rock aristocracy, including Mike Heron, Shirley Collins and Alasdair Roberts. “Vermilion” gained generous critical responses last year, including 4 stars from Record Collector: “charred folk worthy of Comus at their most baleful and austere”. Aside from a session on Cerys Matthews’ 6Music programme, live appearances from Alex Rex have been in short supply, so Midsummer Music is delighted to welcome him and the band to Gatehouse for what promises to be a hugely exciting set, displaying influences ranging from Gregorian chant to Dylan, and Captain Beefheart to the Incredible String Band.
Rory McLeod – described as a musical Gypsy, Rory McLeod’s eccentric melodies are infused with influences from Flamenco to Country blues, through to Celtic, East European and Calypso rhythms creating a style of music and songwriting that has been described as “Intimate, revealing, political and powerful.” Rory has played harmonica and guitar with, amongst others, Michelle Shocked, Townes Van Zandt, Joe Strummer, The Poison Girls, Ali Farke-Toure, Taj Mahal and Kathyrn Tickell, which gives some idea of the respect he has garnered in a long career on the festival circuit. As well as his mainstage appearance on Saturday evening, Rory will be appearing in the Masonic Arms on Saturday afternoon, along with local band Kasama, who will be performing a stripped-down acoustic set.
Tickets for this gig cost £12 in advance and £15 on the door.
Elsewhere, Dumfries band Tiderays will play at the Bank of Fleet Hotel on the Friday evening to kick off the weekend, with Andy Ellison also playing on the night. Gatehouse/Creetown band The Razorbills will play at The Ship Inn on the Saturday afternoon. Also on the Saturday will be local band Kasama, Rory McLeod, Susi Woodmass, a youth showcase and an open mic at various venues around the town.
For more details, you can join the Facebook event for the Saturday evening gig, and join the Gatehouse of Fleet Festival Group Facebook page for further line-up announcements and details of where to buy advance tickets.