A triumvirate of great Scottish acts will grace the stages of this summer’s Gate To Southwell Festival in July. Here's a little reminder...
Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code returns to headline on the Friday night, bringing with him his eight-strong Big Caley Soul Band. Acclaimed by Americana UK as “one of the greatest live acts around right now”, Blue Rose Code has produced five award-winning albums including ‘The Water of Leith’ and the recent ‘Healings Of The Deepest Kind’ (“ravishingly beautiful” Uncut magazine).
Blue Rose Code
Another big Celtic band returning to Southwell is Manran - internationally recognised as one of the most iconic and respected of Scottish live acts. Since they last played Southwell back in 2015, the seven piece Manran now features singer-songwriter Kim Carnie and guitarist Aidan Moodie from Gnoss. Branded “Gaelic folk superstars” by BBC Scotland, Manran will headline the Lake Stage on Sunday July 7th.
“Unique and unstoppable” are apt descriptions for the extraordinary An Dannsa Dub - a six-piece live band that fuses traditional Scottish music with the heavy driving basslines of a sound system. Their name means “the Dub Dance” and their music celebrates the ancient Gaelic and West African rhythms that influenced original reggae. Nominated for Best Live Act at the 2023 Scottish Alternative Music Awards, they unite the joyous communal energy of a ceilidh with the power of a Dancehall sound system session.
An Dannsa Dub
The Scots join an already eclectic and international field of artists including Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning American singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens (Saturday), multi-award-winning Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening (Thursday), melodic and magical Irish traditional sounds from The Haar (Friday) and many more top quality roots and acoustic artists.
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Have a good weekend,
The GTSF Team