Gig on the Green 2016
The annual Gig On The Green music festival is now less than a month away.
The festival, which has been running for more than fourteen years, will take place this year on Sunday 4 September.
Main music organiser for The Gig and well known local musician Kenny Wilson has now completed what is a very impressive line-up of bands and singers for the event which will run from 1pm until 7.30pm.
Returning by popular demand are bands such as The Urban Folkers, Sinsheimers, Flung Aboot, and of course, The Wherries.
The Sinsheimers make a welcome return. After a years absence from Gig on The Green, the boys will be taking to the stage to perform their new EP, Bandinage, as well as some old favourites. They provide tight harmonies, big melodies and a towering pop/rock sound that will leave the audience in no doubt that this is a band going places!
New to Gig on the Green is talented singer/songwriter Shelagh McKay Jones who has become a very popular recording and broadcasting artist. She shot to prominence after winning the prestigious 'Danny Kyle Award' at Celtic Connections in 2015 (for best new folk talent.)..... this was followed by her taking the top award at the Roots Folk Festival. Shelagh, with her magnificent voice, competent guitar playing and great self-penned songs, is in high demand on the national circuit and will be an act not to be missed at Gig On The Green.
Artistic License is a mature 5 piece band of brilliant musicians who hail from the West of Scotland to the USA. They are in great demand throughout the country where they play at huge venues and events. The band are known for performing music and covers from the 60's to the present in an infectious style.... guaranteed to have you dancing and jigging on the green.
New to the Gig on the Green line-up this year are Allies, The Garlands, Broomberry Drive and The Fogartys.
Broomberry Drive have been performing 60's and 70's music in clubs and pubs since late 2013 and the interest in this music style seems to continue to grow in popularity amongst most age groups. The band vividly recreate the seminal sounds of the 6o's and 70's with faithful arrangements, tasteful musicianship and seamless 4 part harmonies. The band capture the diversity of the eras with elegant acoustic songs by bands like the Hollies and Moody Blues through rockers like Deep Purple and Focus, while not forgetting the mainstays of 60's and 70's music, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Bowie, Manfred Mann and 10cc to name a few.
The Fogartys, Andrew and Jill, are the son and daughter of the late Brian Fogarty, a legendary folk singer with the Cumberland Three. Joining them on stage are some very special guests. The band are fresh from the summer festival circuit. The Fogartys use traditional instruments to play a mix of songs from the ancient to the modern. From The Police to Hendrix, jigs and reels to rock 'n' roll all musical bases are covered.
Others who will provide a brilliant afternoon of music at The Gig are well known west of Scotland band The Drams, solo singer Rebekah, folk duo Grassyk and former Megastars finalists, the brilliant duo Jack and Luke.
At the Gig, as always, will be Inverclyde's own Folk Legends, The Wherries, who celebrate 30 years together having toured the globe with their unique blend of rousing music and Clydeside mirth. Over the years this popular duo have recorded many CDs and DVDs along with broadcasting and performing at many prestigious gigs, festivals and concerts. .... and are soon to be on tour once again in the Far East. The Wherries will bring the event to its traditional fun-filled sing-a-long close, which always has the ground jumpin'.
DJ Calum Rennie returns once again to keep the afternoon's entertainment in full swing.
Sunday 4 September at Glenpark for Gig On The Green 2016 is a must date for your diary!