Arran Folk Festival 2002 — Archive

‘Line Up 2002’


Striking vocals and instrumental flair define Malinky as one of the most distinctive bands to emerge from the Scottish folk scene in the last decade. Now with a new five piece line up they still maintain an acoustic approach to traditional and original songs and tunes but their subtlety, power and live presence are greatly enhanced.


Joanne McIver and Christophe Sauniere

Joanne grew up on the Isle of Arran. She left Scotland five years ago to live in France after having met her husband Christophe when he played the harp with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. They return to delight us with original compositions on harp, highland pipes, smallpipes, flute and whistles.


A group of musicians from all over the world, based in Glasgow. Their world fusion mixes African folk and reggae with a Celtic twist. “Driving dance rhythms and sparkling African guitar.”


“This band digs deep into their traditional roots for melodies and presents them in a high energy setting that mixes in shades of electronic and dub reggae”

“Shooglenifty warrant both close listening and wanton dancing”

“Everything from acid jazz to Latin shuffles”

Emily Smith

Emily, from Dumfries, is this year’s winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year and is in her third year studying Scottish Music at the RSAMD. Although principally a singer, Emily also plays accordion and piano.

Neil Thomson

Neil Thomson

Neil has developed his own style of music which blends contemporary songwriting and traditional music influences and has gained a reputation for foot tapping nights of traditional and new music that feature his own thought provoking and humourous songs. No stranger to Arran, Neil will be compering Saturday night’s concert.


Danu is the mother of all the ancient Irish gods.  Danu is also the defining young band for Irish music today. These seven young men from County Waterford create “a vibrant mix of instrumental virtuosity, energy and empathy that defines great ensembles, there’s also a rare sense of subtlety and restraint.’

Best Band of the Year — BBC Radio2 Folk Awards 2001


This band will take you on an exciting trip into the world of traditional Quebecois music and song. Entourloupe combines the considerable talents of its members to create music that is fresh, refined and an invitation into the very heart of a tradition.


Fraiche et vivante. Du talent formidable!

Trash Music Projects

— is a charity from the Scottish Borders. They use instruments made from scrap materials to create eye-catching performances.  Come and join them at the Ormidale Pavillion on Saturday and experience playing the big barrels, batphones, bells and anything else that comes to hand and combine that with a mix of painting, dance, drama, science and culture.

Linda McCann

Over the past few years Linda has been developing a unique and innovative model making workshop, which she adapts to suit a wide range of needs/abilities.

Linda will be travelling round the island running workshops in the Primary Schools during the week and on Saturday at Brodick Hall.


An Edinburgh based community choir set up in 1997 by the Adult Learning Project Scots Music Group as one of their initiatives to promote traditional music. Singing a mixture of old and new Scots material, from Burns to Dougie MacLean we’re looking forward to their appearances at the festival.