Festival Fling from The Glenfarg Folk Feast 2019
The Glenfarg Folk Feast = Glenfarg Virtual Feast 10-12th April
Glenfarg Folk Feast Les Barker and Siobhan Miller from 2019 Feast
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Join me today on Festival Fling with the show being dedicated to the Glefarg Folk Feast and their Glenfarg Virtual Feast running from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 where you can join and give your contributions to the event and where possible give some donations to the club who will distribute proceeds among artists who have lost their gigs and income! Got to their facebook page to find out more about it and to join in with the Festival!
This would have been Glenfarg Folk Feast 42 nd festival emerging from the famous Glenfarg Folk Club and a wee bit of history for you here….
‘Glenfarg Folk Club first met on 3rd April 1978 and over the intervening 41 years has developed into one of the premier folk clubs in the country. Having been centred in the village of Glenfarg since its inception, the Club was forced to move to Kinross on 9th November 2015 due to the closure of the Glenfarg Hotel; happily, we have remained at Backstage in the Green Hotel, Kinross since that auspicious date. We meet every Monday night and offer a wide range of musical acts as well as providing an opportunity for budding performers to “have a go”. Over the course of any year’s programme you can enjoy both traditional and contemporary folk music from both home and abroad and can hear blues, country, jazz, ragtime, story-telling and poetry, always performed in a welcoming, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We are renowned as a “singing club”, which is particularly obvious when we are treated to any chorus songs; the Glenfarg Audience Choir is always eagerly awaiting the chance to participate! As well as our “choir”, we are fortunate to have several members who are accomplished “floor” singers in their own right. In addition to our valued guest artiste nights, we also host our own “Singarounds” on a monthly basis, events which permit any attendee to perform amongst “friends” who offer both encouragement and craic.’
First Hour Concert – Les Barker
‘Les was born in Manchester. He studied accountancy before he realised that he had a talent for writing. At the beginning of his career he toured around folk music venues as a solo performer, and later with The Mrs Ackroyd Band (named after his mongrel dog Mrs Ackroyd.) Barker is not a singer and the Mrs Ackroyd Band, with classically trained vocalists Hilary Spencer and Alison Younger, with keyboard player Chris Harvey, have enabled his parodies to be sung live. He toured around Britain and such countries as Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada.’
Les is the author of 77 books and has released 20 albums. His books readers contain a mixture of monologues and comic songs with serious songs and contains many ‘repeat’ characters. He also performs in a duo with Keith Donnelly called ‘ Idiot and Friend’
You will hear by the uproarious laughter of the audience and the joining in, that he is a firm favourite with the Glenfarg Folk Festival discerning audience!
Second Hour Siobhan Miller
Siobhan has been attending the festival from childhood with her family and in other acts such as her duet with Jenna Leslie, both at the festival and at the Glenfarg Folk Club.
‘One of Scotland’s foremost singers, Siobhan Miller is an exceptional talent, renowned for her unique vocal style paired with her evocative song-writing. She creates music with detail and rich melodies that combine the sounds of indie and alternative music with sounds from her roots in folk music.,
Siobhan grew up in a musical and artistic family attending festivals and learning from many of Scotland’s traditional source singers.Siobhan won the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, whilst also nominated for Folk Singer of the Year, and is the only ever three-time winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
She has 3 stunning solo albums out and has taken part in other groups and collaborations – one being with her husband Euan Burton not to mention singing in US/UK TV drama Outlander!