So I finished off my festival season with one of my favourites last weekend.. Bowfest!
Held in Inveraray, Argyll, Bowfest was back for its 8th year and brought it’s usual great mix of amazing live music, incredible fresh food sourced locally and entertainment for all ages and interests!
Set in the grounds of the fairytale like Inveraray Castle, I couldn’t think of a better way to round off a festival season that has seen me travel to the south of Scotland and even the Outer Hebrides in pursuit of Traditional music at it’s best!
Tide Lines entertaining the crowds
Being the #yoyp2018 Bowfest brings not only the well established Trad music acts, like Tide Lines pictured above, to its stage.. but also puts the spotlight onto the up and coming younger local acts, something I think is highly important to keep the genre alive!
And it’s something that’s pretty unique to this festival, from what I’ve seen this year!
Hannah Rarity Band
It was great to see the likes of Holly and Tiegan (regular Mòd medal winners) and Hannah Rarity Band, winners of BBC Radio Scotland’s young traditional musician of the year 2018, performing on the Whisky Stage!
Last year one of my favourite young Trad Music bands, Heron Valley, gave a brilliant performance on this stage and this year they performed on the main stage.. got to be a good springboard for the young up and coming acts!
Aside from all the amazing music performances at Bowfest, there were loads of live cooking demonstrations, showcasing the best Scottish produce and how them leading chefs prepare tasty dishes with them! Best cooking demonstration for me was from Gary MacLean, Masterchef The Professionals Winner 2016 and he is also Scotland’s National Chef..
Heron Valley getting the #yoyp going!
My favourite acts from the weekend had to be Heron Valley, who always give such a lively and crowd pleasingly show, other favourites were Project Smok and Skipinnish!
I seem to have caught Skipinnish at most of the festivals I attended this year and they definitely put on a show showing why they were crowned Scots Trad Music Act 2017!
Have you seen them play yet?
Skipinnish fiddle player, Archie
So have you any suggestions for Trad Music festivals I can attend in 2019, maybe one you have went to this year that I haven’t? Let me know below..