The Hootananny Belladrum Festival Potting Shed Stage August 2 3 4 2018 this year celebrates its 10 appearance, always organised by Highland Roots Music Presenter Promoter Publicist (and worldwide stravaiger) Rob Ellen from Medicine Music who was instrumental in establishing the first Belladrum 4 years previously .
Rob says “We are delighted to be back home at Belladrum after visiting and working on so many festivals across Europe and Stateside I’m very proud to report it is by far and a way the best family run family festival I’ve ever been to. I’m so proud to be bringing The Pottingshed Stage to Belladrum for the 10th time. We thanks all the artists from all around the world as well as all around the Highlands who have played our stage over the years, with special thanks to Clancy & Steve Squarethings Macdonald
(enjoy your retirement folks) and Hootananny Inverness
without whom we just would not have managed to sustain this magic little corner of this most magical Festival. It has become a real family fold of friends, and offers a meeting point in the Highlands for independently minded musicians and a valuable Festival platform for their art. The unique atmosphere of The Potting Shed stage has organically grown out of this fellowship of independently minded music from across the planet and I think has helped everyone who wants to travel with their music, to do so, I know its helped me and The Moose get around on both sides of the pond.
his 10th year we have concentrated on bringing back many of the artists that have done so well for us over the years, so much so the wndrfl Cousti
early days favourites, have reformed especially (after the passing of Bass player and our sadly missed friend Bill Blakey
) to head up a spectacular line up. We are dedicating the weekend to Billy and other friends we have lost over the last 10 years. We also welcome back from the USA I See Hawks in LA
, (co Headliners) Libby Koch, Rachel Laven, Patterson Barrett
who will reunite with our Scottish Headliners The New Madrids
, and we are introducing ex Rodeo champ. Lion Taming Buddhist Monk Songster Bill Bloomer
and Cajun luminary Brian Langlinais
. We have the usual crew in Fash Stewart & Darren Poyzer
our comperes beyond compare, Musicians in Residence will be Matt Morrow (Guitars) Pigman (Harmonica) Charlie the Hat (Drums) Calum MacLeod (Bass)
and delighted to say Thurso’s then boy wonder, now resident to The South Of France Isaac Sutherland,
will be coming back to supply electrifying string accompaniments (Isaac and his late father supplied PA and good vibes to the stage in the first 5 years) we will be remembering Johnny Fats
as the weekend unfolds too I am sure.
As a special feature this year we bring the founders James 'Bar' Bowen and Johnny Campbell
and some regular participants of the Scottish Anacho Folk Festival
to Belladrum for the first time and they have included our own Sara Bills and The Hasbeens
and my own Slim Panatellas
(If heard they are very good) into The Anarcho Revue, an afternoon of beyond the agenda protest on Friday. We thanks our sponsors Belladrum Festival
of course, Hootananny
The Highlands leading live music venue Speyside Craft Brewery
for the hospitality stage beer, The Eagle Sessions in Forres
for The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile Stage
PA and as ever for in my opinion the best sound system and crew working in Scotland, our old old friend Substation
of Fife who have been my partners in sound for getting on for 35 years now (remembering Jim Brennan too).
Here is some limited info with my unlimited gratitude on the artists who have agreed to come help us celebrate the 10th Birthday.
Potting Shed Stage
Matt Morrow 12.00 12.45 one of Scotland’s best blues style Guitarist songwriter, our musician in residence for the weekend and axe man with Cousti gets us up and running in fine style
Rebecca Dunn, 1.15 2.00 described as a new female Ivor Cutler, expect ethereal vocalisation of quirky and sentient observational musical musings.
Calum Mackenzie Jones 2.30 3.15 An exciting young singer-songwriter from Oran, Moray. Creating original material with influences from Folk, Country, Blues, Traditional and Celtic Rock.
Dave Sharp 3.45 4.30 The word legend can be bandied about over much, not in the direction of Iconic 80’s rocker The Alarm’s guitarist Dave Sharp, Dave is a one man hard travelling acoustic music wonder.
Dougie Burns Cadillac Band 5.00 5.45 Highland great time blues (best have your mad hats on)
The Galipaygos 6.15 7.00 Inverness’s Country/Americana/Indie purveyors of consistently quality harmony driven power pop!
Captain Of The Lost Wave 7.30 8.15 The Good Captain is a travelling circus of story, song, magic and imagination.
The Emma Mitchell Band 8 45 9.30 Emma brings her well loved band to feature a set of Rocking Emma originals.
The Cowans 10.00 10.45 Highland leg-end Davy Cowan with wonder kit kid son, Sam launch into their own brand of “Acoustic Punk”
The Federals 11.00 12.00 Formed in the Mountains of Wester-Ross, Highland Hill-Billies The Federals, in their traditional Thursday night role of stomping out their Country/Bluegrass and Johnny Cash sound.
The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile Stage!
12.45 1.15 Kinnaber Junction Montrose bassed indi Scotacana from singer/songwriter Gary Anderson’s sweet wee combo
Darrell Poyser 2.00 2.30 The Moose Mobiles genial host gets to spread his impish magical wings for a set of feel good self penned songs and well chosen covers
Pig Man and The Elastic Band 3.15 3.45 Champion street performer and world class harmonica player entertains first and foremost.
Eagle Sessions on the Moose - Danny Mortimer Katy Robertson 4.30 6.15 Local talent presented by the popular club nights The Eagle Sessions of Forres
Potting Shed Stage
Darren Poyzer & Pig Man 12.00 12.45 fittings and fixtures on The Potting Shed stage, street performance style entertainment.
Hamish Roberts 1.15 2.00 Inverness’s own mystro of the guitar.
Bill Bloomer 2.30 3.15 From Joshua Tree California, ex Rodeo champ, Lion Tamer Buddhist Monk prodigy of Steve Goodman songster,
Les Johnson and Me 3.45 4.30 Golden age style self penned Country from Glasgow’s cow poke with the golden voice.
The Anarco Revue lead by James 'Bar' Bowen and 5.00 5.45 and Johnny Campbell 5.45 6.15 (Moose Stage) For the last 2 years The Annual Anarcho Folk Festival has happened in The Highlands this year its in Holland, but we have invited some of the organisers for an afternoon of off the agenda Protest Song.
Sara Bills and the Hasbeens 6.15 7.00 Power Indie Righteous Rock from Miss Inverness and crew
Lynsey Dolan Band 7.30 8.15 the return of Aryshire’s finest, Soul/Funk at its best
Libby Koch 8 45 9.45 Texas tornado from Houston with The Potting Shed All stars
The New Madrids 10.30 11.15 Scotlands premier purveyors of Country Soul.
The Potting Shed Allstar Jam 11.15 12.00 Yeee Ha join the party
Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile Stage
Joe Hills Wake 12.45 1.15 Old Timey tunes with the spirit of Woody Guthrie in song.
Darren Poyzer 2.00 2.30 (our Darren entertains)
Bruce Coughlan 3.15 3.45 Front man of Canadian Folk legends Tiller’s Folly with 14 albums under his belt.
Norrie McCulloch 4.30 5.00 a leading light of Scotacana, think Townes Van Zandt, meets Dick Gaughan.
Johnny Campbell 5.45 6.15 Anarcho Revue continues on the Moose Stage with Celtic tinged songs of rebellion and fraternity
The Slim Panatellas 7.00 7.30 Anarcho Revue continues on the Moose Stage with Cigarbox Don’s unique look at The state of The Revolution.
Potting Shed Stage
Fash Stewart & The Great & The Good 12.00 12.45 Traditional early wakeup call from Fash and the crew (always unpredictable)
davesnewbike 1.15 2.00 Scottish band playing rootsy pop for grown-ups. Kick-started by singer-songwriter Tom Houston and Kris Jozajtis on electric guitar
Brian Langlinais, Patterson Barrett & Spider MacKienze 2.30 3.15 Swamp Rock Cajun Roadhouse Music from Louisiana accompanied by Buddy Millers side man from Nashville and
Scotland leading harp player fae Aberdeen.
Dropkick 3.45 4.30 Stylish Power Pop from Scotland’s most successful Americana export.
Rachel Laven 5.00 5.45 The New Rose of San Antone!
The Rosellys 6.15 7.00 England’s hardest working roots duo together with Rachel are well know as Transatlantic Rose on both sides of the pond.
Trident 7.30 8.15 Metal Rawk Legends!!!
Cousti 8 45 9.30 all time Potting Shed favourites. Think The Band meets the Grateful Dead! The Bob Harris favourites are reforming especially for our 10th Birthday (thank you)
I See Hawks In LA 10.00 10.45 West Coast Cosmic Country Legends make their return to Belladrum as our headline act 2018
The Potting Shed All Stars 11.00 12.00 Yee Hah come join the traditional closing party
The Medicine Show Radio Moose Mobile Stage
Topher Elliot 12.45 1.15 Beautiful ethereal guitar and song
Robin Adams 2.00 2.30 The spirit of John Martin for a new generation and custodian of his parents “String Driven Thing’s” heritage .
Patterson Barrett 3.15 3.45 Mr Nashville! Buddy Millers and Stephanie Urbina Jones side man with a album full of his own songs (at Last).
Isaac Sutherland 4.30 5.00 Thurso’s wonder boy of old now residing in France forging a name as one of Europes finest musicians.
The McElliots 5.45 6.15 Donny (New Madrids) and his Paw.
Pig Man and the Elastic Band 7.00 7.30 Hi Jinks and jesting from champion busker.
thanks you Hootananny the Highlands premier live music venue, for your continued friendship and support!
We thanks Speyside Craft Brewery for being our Stage Beer sponsors for 2018, every artist playing with have a sample of their wndrf product to sample.
Last Years all star Jam