Wraps come off Kirrie’s new one-day music festival

Festival headliners Jericho Hill, who will play at Kirriemuir Town Hall on Saturday evening.
Festival headliners Jericho Hill, who will play at Kirriemuir Town Hall on Saturday evening.

Kirriemuir’s newest music festival will get under way this Saturday (May 3), headlined by one of the country’s top tribute acts.

Organised by community group DD8 Music, ‘Paint the Wee Toon Red’ will see a full day of free live music performed in the local pubs, followed by an evening concert in Kirrie Town Hall.

The music will kick off at 1 p.m. with local bands and musicians playing in pubs around the town. With bands covering all styles and genres there is sure to be something to appeal to and attract most music lovers.

Playing during the day will be bands and artists such as Sonnet 65, Around 7, The Dead & Buried, Eddie McNaughton, Neil Patterson & Mark Thompson, Bravado & The Smoking Bugler Band.

In the evening there will be a night of Americana and country in the town hall, starting off with the youngsters from the DD8 Music youth playing a set of classic country covers. They will be followed by the toe-tapping skiffle of Fife’s Shameless, who have successfully started the party every time they have played Kirrie, most recently at last year’s Relay for Life.

Following them will be the country-tinged garage rock of the Reverse Cowgirls. Fronted by a stalwart of the Glasgow music scene, Hugh Mclachlan, the Cowgirls have been ripping up the stage for several years wherever they play.

Headlining on the night will be Jericho Hill, Scotland’s premier tribute to the ‘Man in Black’, Johnny Cash.

A DD8 spokesman said: “The band have built up a fierce reputation over recent years, playing at festivals up and down the country, including Wickerman, Rebellion and Belladrum.

“They also followed in the footsteps of Johnny’s legendary prison recording at Folsom and San Quentin by playing a gig to inmates at Barlinnie jail in Glasgow.

“Jericho Hill cover Cash’s whole career, from his classic early hits right the way through to the final ‘American’ albums he produced with Rick Rubin and it represents a night any true music fan will not want to miss.”

Tickets for the evening are priced at £12 and are available from the Kirriemuir Art Gallery on Reform Street, Sharp Music in Forfar and Groucho’s in Dundee. The town hall doors will open at 7.30 p.m.