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11 Jun 2018

Giving Scottish talent a stage at Upside Doon

A large group of people stand outdoors at night, looking towards a brightly lit stage. Beside them are trees, lit with bright blue lights.
Upside Doon is a firm fixture in the Scottish festival calendar.
We’re providing Scotland’s musical talent with a platform to perform, at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum’s annual Upside Doon festival.

The festival takes place on Saturday 23 June 2018 and tickets are selling fast.

Headlined by Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble playing a solo set, the bill is filled with the best from the Scottish music scene, highlighting Scotland’s rich contemporary culture as well as exploring the links with the literary heritage of Alloway and the legacy of Burns, who continues to inspire.

Roddy Woomble, the lead singer of Idlewild, sits at a piano. He has turned away from the keys to face the camera, and rests his left arm along the keys.
Roddy Woomble

Roddy said: ‘I’m a huge Burns fan as he’s an emblem of what’s good about Scotland. He’s a master of language and I’m a romantic like he was.’

Joining Roddy on the bill is Glasgow’s Mercury-nominated C Duncan. The musician, multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland released his album Midnight Sun in 2016 and has spent the last year touring with Elbow.

C Duncan finds it hard not to be influenced by the romance in Burns’s music and said: ‘Burns’s songs are what I grew up with. They’re so beautiful and you can’t help but be inspired by something so overtly romantic.’

After wowing at Upside Doon last year, West Dunbartonshire six-piece Have Mercy Las Vegas are back in Alloway playing their trademark mix of folk-blues Americana. Their blisteringly tight musicianship and perfectly interlaced harmonies went down a treat last year and they’re a welcome return to the festival.

They’ll be joined by pop/rock band Patersani, fronted by brothers Craig and Dave Paterson, and Anna Sweeney who crosses genres between pop, blues and country and has been likened to Taylor Swift, Haim and Joni Mitchell. Look out too for Sophie Rogers and her Caledonia soul with a folk/pop edge.

A young woman with long blonde hair stands on stage, holding the mike with both hands as she sings. Behind her a young man plays the electric guitar, and another young man plays the keyboard.
Anna Sweeney

Completing the line-up is Glasgow’s Brownbear, the musical collective led by singer/songwriter Matt Hickman. The group released their debut single ‘Dead or Alive’ in 2016 and have since toured with The Libertines and The View.

A passport-style photo of a young man, looking directly at the camera. He has rows of white circles across his cheeks and along his eyebrow line.

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this For the Love of Scotland.

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