At The Hopetoun Arms Main Street Leadhills
Come off the M74 at Abington and follow the signs for Leadhills.
Meals and accommodation available. Discount available on room when you mention you are coming for the concert.
The Lasses 19th May
Pleased to welcome back The Lasses. From the Netherlands.
Sophie and Margot sing together like sisters.
Songs from the Celtic and American traditions and beautiful original songs are brought with clear voices and heavenly harmonies. The Lasses specialize in strong stories that speak to audiences.
With honest, effective arrangements on bodhrán and guitar, the beautiful blend of the women’s voices takes the center stage.
After their last appearance here, the girls performed in Japan, and have also toured in the USA and Europe
Marian Bradfield 5th June 2019
Marian Bradfield described as one of Ireland’s hidden musical treasures is based in Donegal.Together with the likes of Loreena McKennitt, Maire Brennan, Hazel O,Connor, Francis Black, Rita Connolly, Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill & Katie Moffatt she has appeared on several compilations of which Celtic Woman 1 & 2 are to name but a few. She has also been voted by readers of Hot Press as one of Irelands top ten female singers & short listed by a panel of top music critics as one of Irelands Best Solo Performers.
Her list of appearances on live shows reads like the who’s who of the Irish TV and Radio scene. In concerts at home and abroad she has appeared with the likes of Altan, Maire Brennan, The Furey’s, Liam O’Flynn, Mary Black, Kieran Goss, Aslan, Donal Lunny, Paddy Glacken ,Andy Irvine, Jimmy Mc Carthy and The Chieftains to name a few.
Marian will be bringing a friend along to add a little colour to the evening.
Fil Campell & Tom McFarland 19th June
Originally from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist Fil Campbell has been a performing musician and singer since she was a teenager. She was brought up on the folk songs and music that was popular around the localities and townland’s of Fermanagh and Donegal.
Since the 90’s Fil and her husband Tom McFarland who hails from Belfast have been singing and playing as a musical duo. Their unique combination of blending vocals, guitar and percussion plus the ability to mix their original compositions with traditional and contemporary songs — punctuated by the Irish gift of chat and craic — has won the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.
Fil is well known locally for her work presenting both television and radio shows alongside her keen interest in community choirs and working with adult singers. With a critically acclaimed catalogue of eight studio albums and several independent recording projects the repertoire of Fil Campbell and Tom McFarland is both varied and eclectic.
Jed Grimes July 23rd
Jed Grimes’ track record as an innovator in the field of roots and folk music dates from his early days in the much loved 70s folk-rock band Hedgehog Pie. Since then he has earned Nominations at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards for his arrangements for the Northumbria Anthology, and his 6-piece folk/jazz/rock outfit The Hush, featuring Bob Fox: he has released three widely acclaimed solo CD albums, and continues to tour the festivals, folk/roots clubs and arts centres of UK and Europe, where his powerful vocal style and rich, often flamboyant guitar style, allied to a ready Geordie wit, excite and entertain audiences numbering from 50 to 25,000 with equal flair.
The Leadhills Music Blast 6th-8th September
Artists booked so far – Archie Fisher, The Lasses, Brendan Hendry & Jonny Toman, The Amigos Three, Stevie O’Connor and John Blek.
Tom Moore & Archie Ross
6th November 2019
Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Now, having toured with with some of the biggest and brightest acts in the British folk scene, they reconvene to perform as duo. Whilst intrinsically borrowing from English and other European Traditional Dance music, sonically Moore and Moss have their heads firmly in the present, understanding the values of contemporary music and art making.The distinct pulse, energy and group-intuition of trad-music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for English instrumental music, listening and responding to the world around them as much as their musical ancestors. LAGUNA (December 2017) Reviews Shortlisted for the FATEA Instrumental Album of the Year 2017 “A timely, compelling and hugely enjoyable album that may also reveal something about the existing notions of folk music and art, and even England and Europe” ★★★★★ – fRoots “Extremely enjoyable” – Louder than War “Two of England’s most remarkable young musicians. An inherent understanding of traditional forms played out with an entirely contemporary attitude to soundscape. Very impressive.” – Martin Green (Lau) “Startling moments of clarity coupled to occasions of obscurity.. delightful, sparkling” – Folk Words