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Moniaive Folk Festival - 4-7 May

Moniaive, the ‘Hill of Streams’ (from the Gaelic monadh-abh), nestles in stunning countryside where the three glens of Craigdarroch, Dalwhat and Castlefairn meet. It’s a bustling village with a long history and strong community spirit. It has always been popular and notable visitors over the centuries include King Robert the Bruce, King James IV, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns. This year sees the 16th Moniaive Folk Festival in the town, and the line-up boasts a mix of well known faces and newcomers. Guests include The John Langan Band, Radim Zenkl, Top Floor Taivers, Ryan Young & Jen Butterworth, Ewan McVicar, Artie's Tartan Tales, Clydebuilt Puppets and The Moniaive Village Ceilidh Band. There are dances, competitions, ample camping, and much more.

The mix of weel kent faces and total newcomers has proved a success with the loyal festival goer, discerning music afficienados and the merely curious who flock to this picturesque Dumfries and Galloway village in May each year.

The weekend will kick off early on the Thursday with the young spell binding fiddler Ryan Young, ably accompanied by Galloway` born Jenn Butterworth and a Friday night ceilidh with guest spots will welcome all to the dance.

A packed Saturday will see workshops from harmony singing to harping, Irish dancing to improvisation as well as piping competitions and music performances throughout the village.

Come the evening, whilst the sessions in both the pubs are reaching fever pitch, the crowd at the main concert will be treated to top class song from Top Floor Taivers, out of this world mandolin (and almost every other instrument) playing from Radim Zenkl and sheer magical exhuberance from The Langan Band. If there is still some energy to be had you can sit back and relax at the Festival Club Unplugged or have a bop at the Late Night Extra.

Sunday........mellow workshops, singarounds, storytelling and more plus a Tea Dance with cake, ballroom instruction and on hand butler – what more could you want ? Well a survivors session into the wee small hours actually!

Moniaive is always a family friendly event and this year we add to the usual rich programme of circus skills, upcycling craft workshop and puppet show with silly songs from not one but two of the best children`s entertainers in Scotland – Ewan McVicar and Artie Trezise. As part of a day long programme of children`s events, Artie Trezise, co-founder and performer with the legendary Singing Kettle, is coming to Moniaive Folk Festival with his exciting new interactive, musical, storytelling show, “Tartan Tales” (tartantales.co.uk). The family show includes classic songs from his Singing Kettle days as well as a whole new repertoire of children's stories all with singing and joining-in. There’s some unusual telling of classic children’s tales with Goldilocks, the Little Red Hen and the Three Little Pigs, musical choruses included. As Artie says “This simple show keeps the audience of children and adults enthralled with interactive stories, songs and lots of laughs. I even manage to squeeze in some classics from my Singing Kettle days”. In just a few weeks time, Moniaive Masonic Hall will be transformed into a wonderland for young and old, so come along for a joyous hour of sheer fun . Why not check out all the other family friendly events over the whole festival weekend too !

2017 is the showcase year for our Creative Place Award project so pick up a leaflet or check on moniaivefestivalvillage.org.uk for info on a year-long feast of music, literature and visual art – you’ll possibly never want to leave!

For more info see: Moniaive Folk Festival website