A NEW stage for Highland folk artistes has been announced for the popular Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival taking place on August 5 and 6.
Thanks to sponsorship from the Climate Challenge Fund, Highland Environmental Networks (HEN) will be bringing the Free Range Folk Stage to Bella as part of their presence in the new Hen Run area at the Festival.
“We’re very excited to have a new folk stage dedicated to Highland folk artistes at the event,” says festival promoter Joe Gibbs.
“We are also delighted to have HEN alongside us, helping us to put over environmentally aware messages to our audience.”
The Hen Run will be positioned in a new arena space in the Walled Garden at the festival and will feature exhibitions, information and displays on an environmental theme by members of Highland Environmental Network as well as music.
The Free Range Folk Stage will feature on Friday: Black Rock Ceilidh Band; Dorec-a-Belle; Last Summer Effect; Adrian Telfer; Corralach; Graham Bell; Ghillie Dhu Folk Band; Alice Bentley; Ally McLeod & Donald Forbes; Corey Symonds; Lillian Ross; Malina MacDonald & Rory Campbell, and Jamie Reid.
And on Saturday: Ashleigh Mackay; The Maria Hall Band; RONA; Fiona McKenzie; Acoustic Reverb; Emily McKinnon; Waiting For Bruce; Sarah Jane Thomson; Malcolm Cumming; Graham Brown, and Megan Blyth.
Also announced is the Potting Shed Line-UP as Rob Ellen’s Medicine Music al fresco semi-spontaneous combustion stage is back again, generously sponsored by Square Wheels of Strathpeffer.
Among the artists booked to appear on the Square Wheels Potting Shed stage are: Highland Hot Club; John Colletta; Jerry Harmon; Dave Sharp; Davy Cowan and The Storm Chasers; Catford: The Wellgreen; Jason Ringenberg; Matt Urmy; Dumb Instrument; Adriana Spina; Charlie Roth; Gerry Jablonski and the Electric Band; Innes & Present Company, and The Lorelei.
Headline acts for Belladrum 2011 are twin Scots rock legends Texas and Deacon Blue, along with acts like Newton Faulkner, Kassidy, Roddy Woomble, Ben Howard, Rachel Sermanni and many, many more.
For more information, ticket availability and purchase, and a full-line up of all the weekend festival’s stages, visit www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk