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A portrait of Robin Campbell standing in a barn. Celtic Krystal duo.

AUGUST 2016 – Robin Campbell & folk – It’s a fun month for me. Off to Godalming for the beginning of August to be the general ‘Jack of all trades…..’ for one of the stages of the Staycation Festival, helping out The Music Works. Then the end of August takes me to the Cowal Gathering on Saturday 27th August with several other events in Scotland, including a quick dip into the Edinburgh Fringe. The Cowal Games Ceilidh Tent this year features Deoch N Dorus, Heron Valley,Skipinnish and Trail West all great bands. On Friday 25th August I will be singing at a Sandbank Community event in The Oakbank Hotel, Shore Road, Sandbank near Dunoon. The session kicks off at 9.00pm and is introduced by broadcaster Colin MacDonald of radio programme Folkal Point. Robin Campbell will provide traditional folk songs and hopefully others will join in for the evening session too. If you play a musical instrument then bring it along and enjoy the craic. A wee warmer in the cosy community of The Oakbank. A quick hair of the dug in the morning should bring you round for the Cowal Highland Gathering on the Saturday. This month I have ‘In Folkus’ featured Skipinnish an excellent band, who always get the crowd going at Dunoon.The annual Cowal Games in August is a favourite gig for me, with local Dunoon Community Radio broadcasting live from the event. During that week I will be taking part in several live broadcasts ‘on air’ with a bit of chat and song both from the station studio and from the live broadcast stadium Studio at the Games.

August is a quieter time for many folk clubs as we enjoy the summer festival season. The Hitchin Folk Club has a ‘special on 21st August 2016 and resumes in September with Richard Digance.(See WEB)

Royston Folk Club takes no seasonal break. Visit their website to see who is on in August 2016.

English Folk Dance and Song Society

English Folk Festivals in August:-

Wickham Festival – 4th Aug 2016 – Wickham, Hampshire Wilderness – 4th Aug 2016 – Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire Broadstairs Folk Week – 5th Aug 2016 – Broadstairs, Kent Dartmoor Folk Festival – 5th Aug 2016 – South Zeal near Okehampton, Devon Lake District Folk Weekend – 5th Aug 2016 – Staveley, Cumbria NiddFest – 5th Aug 2016 – Nidderdale, Yorkshire Bath Folk Festival – 6th Aug 2016 – Bath, Somerset Surrey Mini bluegrass Festival Summer Party – 6th Aug 2016 – Mickleham, Surrey Boomtown Fair – 11th Aug 2016 – Matterly Estate, Winchester, Hampshire Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – 11th Aug 2016 – Cropredy, Oxfordshire Billingham International Folklore Festival – 12th Aug 2016 – Billingham, Cleveland Saltburn Folk Festival – 12th Aug 2016 – Saltburn, Yorkshire White Horse Folk Festival – 12th Aug 2016 – Grove, Oxfordshire Extraordinary Music Festival – 13th Aug 2016 – Battersea Bridge Barge, Greater London Beautiful Days – 19th Aug 2016 – Escot Park, Devon Folk East – 19th Aug 2016 – Glemham Hall, Suffolk Just So Festival – 19th Aug 2016 – Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire Moira Furnace Folk Festival – 19th Aug 2016 – Moira, Swadlicote, Leicestershire Whitby Folk Week – 20th Aug 2016 – Whitby, Yorkshire Purbeck Valley Folk Festival – 25th Aug 2016 – Purbeck Valley Farm, Swanage, Dorset Shambala Festival – 25th Aug 2016 – Secret, Northamptonshire Cornwall Folk Festival – 26th Aug 2016 – Wadebridge, Cornwall Folk Festival on the Dock – 26th Aug 2016 – Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside Greenbelt – 26th Aug 2016 – Broughton House, nr Kettering, Northamptonshire Shrewsbury Folk Festival – 26th Aug 2016 – Shrewsbury, Shropshire Solfest – 26th Aug 2016 – Tarns, near Aspatria, Cumbria Stroud Fringe – 26th Aug 2016 – Stroud, Gloucestershire Towersey Festival – 26th Aug 2016 – Towersey, Oxfordshire Watchet LIVE Festival – 26th Aug 2016 – Watchet, Somerset Harpenden Folk, Roots & World Music Festival – 27th Aug 2016 – Harpenden, Hertfordshire Cottingham Folk Festival – 29th Aug 2016 – Cottingham, Yorkshire

Scottish Folk Music

Scotland festival season features:-

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival – 4th Aug 2016 – Beauly, Invernessshire Shetland Fiddle Frenzy – 7th Aug 2016 – Various locations, Shetlands Guildtown Folk Festival – 13th Aug 2016 – Guildtown, Perthshire Marymass Folk Festival – 17th Aug 2016 – Irvine, Ayrshire Mull of Kintyre Music Festival – 17th Aug 2016 – Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute Innerleithen Music Festival – 19th Aug 2016 – Innerleithen, Lothian Summer Isles Festival – 26th Aug 2016 – Achiltibuie, Ullapool, Ross-Shire

Celtic Krystal Group

What’s New For Celtic Krystal?

Celtic Krystal are now back making music and we are taking bookings. Check out the availability page on the web as a guide to making bookings.

  • Celtic Krystal would encourage you to support ROTW in Hitchin at their community events this summer
  • Private Wedding Saturday 3rd September 2016
  • Balstock Festival – The Cock, Baldock – Friday 9th September 2016, 9.30pm -10.20pm (TBC)
  • St.Patrick’s Day – The Victoria, Hitchin – Friday 17th March 2017 – (9.00pm TBC)
  • Galway 2017 – TBC
  • See the GIG Page for more information.

If you are considering hosting an event and require a Celtic vibe of songs, jigs and reels, then why not get in touch via our contact page.

Thanks to all who are following our music in 2016. Stay safe, keep music live and have fun!

~ Yours Aye, Robin.

Colin Macdonald’s Folkal Point

Colin MacDonald Broadcaster

Folkal Point web site Sponsored by Robin Campbell & folk

FOLKAL POINT airs simultaneously on Thursdays (10pm – midnight) across the Cowal Peninsula via Dunoon Community Radio – 97.4 FM and online, 105.2 FM in the Uists and Benbecula via An Reidio and Two Lochs Radio (Wester Ross) on 106 and 106.6 FM. DCR also has a Sunday night repeat from10pm to midnight.Folkal Point also has a Friday slot (9-11pm) on 100.8 Revival FM and between 10pm and midnight on Saturday with HBS in Glasgow and Paisley. The programme is re-transmitted globally online three times a week by Blues and Roots Radio from Canada. Folkal Point is produced by Colin MacDonald in Scotland at the Wellington Street studios of HBS in Glasgow.

Robin's Celtic Collection

This month I am checking out Paul Brady's Jolly Soldier and Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore. Planxty's 'Raggle Taggle Gypsy and Tabhair dom do Laimb'. Christy Moore's 'Ride On' and Sonny.