Rock and blues on Lamlash green

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Lamlash was rocking when the second Arran Rock’n’ Blues Festival descended on the green at the end of July.

The PHT-organised event attracted music fans from across Scotland and beyond, as well as a host of local enthusiasts, to two days of both hard rock and more mellower sounds.

A huge marquee on the green was main venue for the acts, but there were also performances over the weekend at the Pierhead Tavern which was also heaving with talent. And while it may have been very wet at times outside the marquee kept the bands, their equipment and the crowds dry.

On the green the music was complemented by market stalls hosted by local artists and a wide range of food stalls. To help the day along there was also a wide range of Scottish real ale and Arran whisky and gin tastings.

But it was the music visitors had come for and they were treated to a host of diverse sounds over the two days from some top bands, some of whom are regular visitors to Arran, and others playing for the first time.

Headlining on Saturday were Preacher an Ayrshire and Glasgow based eight-piece band melodice progressing band who have been making quite and name for themselves and have just realeased their third album. On Sunday Redfish, a blistering UK based soul-blues ensemble, rounded off the festival in style. It was all held together over the two days by compere – Godfather of Rock Tom Russell.

Organiser Jane Howe said: ‘I was absolutely astounded by the support for the festival and the feedback has been incredible with lots of comments about how well organised it was and in particular the quality of the bands I chose. I must admit the musicians were so incredibly talented and I’m so grateful to them all for coming to Arran to play for a fraction of their worth to help me support live music.’


The Andrew Robert Eustace Band on stage at the festival. 01_B32rock01

The Isle of Arran Gin Co were there making cocktails and handing out free tipples. 01_B32rock02

A craft market on Lamlash green was held as part of the festival. 01_B32rock03

What’s a little rain as festival goes shelter under their umbrellas. 01_B32rock04

Catherine Rose at her muralworks stall. 01_B32rock05

The Arran whisky tasting stall at the festival. 01_B32rock06

Combat Stress held a fundraising tombola. 01_B32rock07

The George Lindsay Band perform in the PHT. 01_B32rock08

Members of Lamlash Improvements served cream teas in the tea-tent. 01_B32rock09

Karen Welsh selling t-shirts and cds in the marquee. 01_B32rock10

Festival goers enjoy a drink between acts in the marquee. 01_B32rock11

Compere Tom Russell introduces one of the bands. 01_B32rock12

The Brian Rawson Band perform on Saturday afternoon. 01_B32rock13

A big crowd enjoy the Brian Rawson Band. 01_B32rock14