Good things come in small packages and I’m lucky enough, for I believe the 3rd year in a row to be able to announce the The Belladrum Square Wheels Potting Shed Stage 2014. The place where the magic happens! This is so ‘hot off the press‘ I barely even had time to rake out suitable filler photos or even stick in my usual ‘hilarious’ words of wisdom. This is the announcement as I got it from our pal Rob Ellen earlier today. Thanks Rob. Oooooh it’s all go !!
Looking at the line-up its without a doubt the most interesting and eclectic mix youll see on any stage anywhere ! There really is a bit of something for everyone as ever and plenty of well-known local faces – wee Jimbo Mac and the good Doctor Wook – as well as plenty from far afield !! There also seems to be mention of a mysterious Stage 2 but not even I have authority to tell you about that yet – hehe. The SW Potting Shedder – always worth a visit during your Bella weekend………….
Ladeeeez an gennlemuns – here is your line up !!
Thursday August 7th
Our, now traditional, Welcome to Belladrum Blues Jam, brings all the Potting
Shed artists and fans together and introduces many of the artists that will
be featured over the weekend. This year it features Inverness’s
Aye2Aye and the Dougie Burns Band and who knows who else. Only one
way to find out, be there.
Friday August 8th
This year we can boast none stop music on The Potting Shed stage with the
addition of Stage 2 our impromptu www.2CVhireLochness.co.uk Buskers stage,
we have programmed some acts and will be taking submissions on the day for
the rest.Talk to Medicine Music’s Rob Ellen on the day about a spot if your interested
Eaglesham & Cowley
Singer songwriter Steve Eaglesham and guitarist Les Cowley, 2 founder
members of Ross-shire’s Pagan Poets play Original, Rootsy,
Glasgow songstress Kate recently won the first ever amaSing Marie Tait
Songwriting Competition for her debut single Wave to the Sky
Emma Mitchell (Stage 2)
1.10 – 2.20
Emma Mitchell is our busiest highland singer songwriter, always with a
plethora of bands and projects on the go. For this show it’s just her songs a
guitar and that wonderful voice.
Aviemore trio lead by acclaimed singer songwriter Ailsa Villegas.
Alice is a well-loved performer around the Highlands, with EP recorded at
Watercolour Music and a hat full of great hooky songs, which recently won
her the Nairn Book Festival songwriters competition and national airplay.
The Susanna Wolfe Band
Vocal coach Susanna is a force of nature, a veteran on many bands in the
70/80 Birmingham Rock scene, before moving to The Highlands to recover, to
that end she decided to write songs for herself and release her own albums,
the latest being “Healing Rain” .
James Mackenzie (stage 2)
4.00 – 4.20
Big-hearted melodic rock tunes sung at the top of his lungs.
4.20 – 4.55
Based out of Toronto, Canada – a world-class musician songwriter who has
played for audiences all over the U.K., U.S.A. and Canada.
Is a Scottish writer, broadcaster, journalist and musician host of BBC Radio
Scotlands Morton Through Midnight Show the artist formally known as Blind
Cajun Fisherman Songwriting activist film maker, working hard for those
disenfranchised and devastated by the BP Gulf Disaster
The Hookliners (stage 2)
Howard Swindells and Chris Roberts, 2 of our wittiest insightful songwriters
join forces and hook lines.
The Kitty Black Band
Nairn heavy metal rawkers.
Highland Hillbillies with old-timey tunes to Johnny and June.
Party anyone? The Hellhounds are back!!
Red Pine Timber Company
Gavin JD Munro’s Country music collective, garnering plaudits and 5 star
reviews this summer for their live festival appearances and new album
Saturday 9th August
Fash Stewart & The Great & The Good
Our Compere without Compare traditional Saturday morning breakfast fare
Dr Wook (Stage 2)
Front man of The Whiskys Kris Douglas’s solo blues driven project
Songwriter, entertainer and front man of the Dreadful Grate with songs from his
BarbaraVille Records release.
Tin Pan Alley
30’s and 40; Show tunes and ragtime and barrelhouse blues
Gypsy Dave Smith
Our resident slide guitarist and Blues Man, the impeccable Blues styling’s
of the one and only Gypsy Dave Smith
Roberto Cassani & The Tickety 2
Scotland’s favourite Italian, king of mirth & Roll, returns with his hot
Shrew (Stage 2)
Scots jazz/folk/soul boasting Danny Thompson, BBC 2’s Bob Harris and Zoe
Ball, BBC Wales Frank Hennessey, BBC Ulster’s Cherrie McIlwaine, Ralph
McLean, BBC Radio Scotland’s Iain Anderson and Tom Morton as big fans.
Brothers Andrew and Alastair Taylor’s power pop band, forging a name as one
of our best live bands and prolific recording artists.
The New Madrids
The vanguard of the new explosion of Scots Country Rock, simply one of the
best live bands on the circuit.
Last year storming T In The Park T break tent as special guests, their
highly polished, confident bluesy and soulful fusion of musical styles has
won them friends and fans where ever they play.
Hungerhoff & The Wild Roots
Fresh Folk Music from Berlin.
Cigarbox Dons Roots & Cheroots Cigarbox Revue
Cigarbox Don builds guitars from Cigarbox’s and has built a reputation as
one of Scotland’s wittiest and quirkiest songwriters, he will be joined on
stage by some of his creations and their owners for Cigarbox Dons Roots &
Cheroots Cigarbox Revue
Mr Moon & The Thieving Gypsy Bastards
Back by popular demand Mr Moon Gypsy Fiddler songwriter and guitarist is
joined by partner Grace on dulcimer and the entire potting shed stage
ensemble for the finale party in traditional style.
There you go – thats yer lot !! Hopefully I havent jumped the official gun and ruffled any feathers this year !!
Heres a wee snippet from the Belladrum crew themselves !!
“The Potting shed line-up for 2014 welcomes back some familiar faces along with some brand new talent from The Highlands and Worldwide. The full line-up includes; Gavin JD Munro’s Country music collective Red Pine Timber Company; Bloodshot Records recording artist and Chicago’s Country Music legend Robbie Fulks; Potting Shed favourites Ballachulish Hellhounds; Highland Hillbillies The Federals, back by popular demand Mr Moon & The Thieving Gypsy Ba*%!rds; one of Scotland’s wittiest and quirkiest songwriters who builds guitars from Cigarbox’s Cigarbox Don Roots & Cheroots Cigarbox Revue; fresh folk from Berlin Hungerhoff & The Wild Roots; highly polished, confident bluesy and soulful fusion from Sienna; Scots Country Rock act The New Madrids; heavy metal from The Kitty Black Band; Howard Swindells and Chris Roberts as The Hookliners; Cajun Fisherman Songwriting activist Drew Landry; Scottish writer, broadcaster, journalist and musician Tom Morton; Toronto base songwriterDavid Celia; band leader, songwriter and poet, Davy Cowan; Dropkick; Fraser Anderson; Roberto Cassani & The Tickety 2; Gypsy Dave Smith; The Susanna Wolfe Band; Alice Bentley; The Cask; Emma Mitchell; Kate Dunn; Tin Pan Alley; Dave Fleming; Eaglesham & Cowley; Dr Wook; James Mackenzie; Shrew; and finally The Potting Shed compere Fash Stewart & The Great & The Good.”