Shhhh! There’s a Hoolie in the Trossachs

Teuchters, tin whistles and some top-notch talent will be gathering in the Trossachs come November for a few days of in-house partying and dram drinking.

It’s like a family gathering, a bit of a hoolie in the front room, with music makers giving it laldy. As The House Folk Music Festival takes up residence in the tiny village of Ledard, from the 8th-10th November 2012, an eclectic selection of folk artists and musicians will be raising the roof.

In its fifth year, top Scottish artists are making ready for the gathering where a fusion of Scotland’s best music –traditional and contemporary – gets jiggy with pipes, strings and squeeze boxes. They then cram all that talent, music and high jinks into a local house, a barn and the village hall to perform. And you are most cordially invited to attend this intimate party.

Highland bagpipes, border bagpipes, whistles, strings, fiddle, flute and vocal performances from Scotland’s best make this one heck of an undiscovered gig.

Blairhullichan House, once part of the Duke of Montrose’s estate, sits proudly above Loch Ard and is the cosy venue for an evening with Dennis Alexander’s music and banter Songs, Stories and Downright Lies. He shares this venue with the lively Jonathan Graham and Trisha Mullen, both incredible musicians performing hardcore Scots and Irish tunes on fiddle, bagpipes and whistle. Beyond toe-tapping.

Video of Jonathon Graham performing with his band Bags of Rock

Hidden up a farm track, on a working sheep farm, is MacGregors Barn. On the Friday night find Fiona Hunter – lead singer with folk band Malinky – alongside Highland lads Angus Binnie and Ali Turner belting out some high tempo tunes on pipes, guitar and whistles.

At Kinlochard Village Hall on the Saturday find Muran playing Scottish and Irish music at a racing tempo and The Deadly Winters putting on a powerful and melodic performance. This is a BYOB night, so don’t forget the kerry oot.

This is a folk festival, and a party, well worth attending. Tickets from £10-£20 each, with a cash bar at each venue (except Kinlochard Hall – see above)

  • Elizabeth McQuillan

    If you like the video of the Bags of Rock, it seems they have a gig ABC2 Glasgow on 6th October…