Music lovers in for a treat at 2019 Gathering - Cowal Highland Gathering
27th - 29th August 2020

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Music lovers in for a treat at 2019 Gathering

Fans of traditional Scottish music will be flocking to this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering to enjoy some of the most exciting acts currently on the circuit.

The famous Ceilidh Tent – always one of the event’s main attractions – will this year boast a fantastic line up of talent, headed up by the multi-award winning Skerryvore.

The Tiree band - two-time winners of Scotland’s traditional music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ award – are no strangers to the Ceilidh Tent having played it in the past but will return this year after a meteoric rise to fame to wow a new audience with their unique, high energy set.

Supporting them will be three other fantastic acts – up and coming bands Beinn Lee (which played the Gathering last year), Rhuvaal an exciting young band from Kintyre who are playing at the Gathering for the first time and harmonica maestro Donald Black, who is renowned as the instrument’s foremost exponent in the traditional music scene and who has delighted audiences in Russia and the USA as well as across Europe with his performances of all types of Scottish music.

So that’s Saturday taken care of for the music fans amongst the Gathering visitors, many of whom will also have been partying long into the previous evening at the celebrated Belhaven Brewery-sponsored Gig at the Gathering.

The Gig, which takes place on the Friday evening every year and has fast become one of Scottish traditional music’s most eagerly anticipated events, will once again showcase some of Scotland’s most exciting ceilidh performers.

This year’s line-up sees Gig regulars and firm crowd favourites, local Argyll band Heron Valley, step up to headline the evening. No strangers to the Gig at the Gathering and with a recent US tour under their belt, and plans for a 2020 return across the Atlantic on the horizon, Heron Valley is sure to have the Gig tent rocking.

Supporting them will be Beinn Lee, a six-piece band from Uist who are returning to Dunoon following their outstanding performance at 2018 Gig at the Gathering, along with Glasgow group Headland, which is making its first appearance at the event and which merges traditional Scottish music with pop and country.

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said the event had fast become one of the biggest draws on the traditional music scene – not just for music lovers, but for the performers too.

“We’re thrilled that the Gathering now has a reputation around the world not just for its spectacular highland dancing, piping and heavy athletics events but also for its top class traditional Scottish music,” he added.

“We now have people who come primarily for the music, with the other events playing second fiddle! We’re thrilled about that, because it means we’re overseeing an event which is appealing to people with all sorts of different interests.

“In terms of the acts themselves, we’ve been privileged to host a number of Scotland’s most celebrated musicians over the last few years and they love coming back. It’s a major feather in their cap to be able to boast that they’ve played at Cowal, and we look forward to continuing to be at the forefront of bringing the best of Scotland’s traditional music scene to the Gathering crowds for many years to come.”

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 August.