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Tartan Heart Fringe and Belladrum Potting Shed Stage 2012

 The Medicine Show presents

The Tartan Heart Fringe 2012
 Gigs and concerts from Ullapool to Perth + don't forget the crowning glory show, standing out like a beacon, Dunnet Head Light House (sqoos my little beacon type joke there)  on the most northerly point of mainland Scotland then there is Belladrum, you'll find what's left of me on The Potting Shed Stage all weekend! 
We thanks our non-corporate sponsors and good fiends to music, Square Wheels Cycles of Strathpeffer, Northern Roots Events at Bogbain Farm and The Black Isle Brewery, and all our artists and their sponsors,  see you on the road or at The Potting Shed Stage at Belladrum its self.
The Games A Foot!

The Belladrum Tartan Heart Fringe is the best two weeks to be in The Highlands. It takes place last week of July first week of August in pubs village halls, bar bee q's, a mini farm yard festival and house concerts, all over the region, culminating in 3 days of music on nearly 10 stages, at the wonderful Belladrum Festival, where the fringe has our own stage. The Square Wheels Cycles Potting Shed Stage. This year is dedicated to the memory, music and social legacy of Woody Guthrie, in his centennial year, we will be encouraging the singing of his songs where ever possible. We have a distinctive Texas Fried Flavour with the return of Texas Tim Scott and the first appearance of The (mighty) O's,  we have a very strong local (particular Ross-shire presence), particularly with Martin Stephenson's Barbaraville Records recording artists Red Hook Rapids and MIR (featuring the great man on guitar) Invergordon's Defcon One and Davy Cowan also flying the flag. Look out for Leah from south of the border down Nairn way, I think she is the best Blues voice to come out for Scotland in many years (and proudly comes from my home town) , Isaac Sutherland the power house guitarist from the Northland's, we have a Yorkshire tribute to the late great Ronnie Lane (Kuschty Rye) and 4 great bands from The Highland capital. All the info is mapped out with links bellow. Some of these artists will be touring the Highlands before Belladrum i'm very please to say. More Fringe dates to follow, its all very exciting for this pilgrim i can tell you have a great festival.

Rob Ellen

Uncle Rob Cousin Jason Photo by Houdi (the official Potting Shed Photographer)

The Potting Shed Stage is a highlight of mine purely for its atmosphere and eclectic mix of people, bands, beers and hats.  Its seen local heroes to country cousins from waaaaay across the pond grace its boards in past years.  As far as interesting mixes go, this year will be no exception by the looks of the lineup.  This is not just any old stage or main stage or deadwood stage – this is an event within an event – this is Medicine Show country !!  Yee,and indeed, Haw !! Houdi, The Potting Shed Stage official Photographer. (thanks Houdi) 

Houdi's preview is here

The Potting Shed Stage offers an area where artists and festival goers can relax and socialise together, with music happening spontaneously and organically, under the supervision of Rob Ellen of The Medicine Show. We will scheduled some of the leading lights of this years Tartan Heart Fringe, the rest will be adhock and impromptu, among Festival artists and special guests on the day, the idea being that it is the place for some magical musical collaborations to happen spontaneously.

Rules for Artists wishing to play the Potting Shed Stage on the day.

The ad hoc slots will be organised on the day, see Rob Ellen, only artist that are doing something not in their normal set or show IE a collaborations with other artists or new songs not already heard anywhere else will be considered. We have backline and all the stage crew are musicians and some featured artists are ready to play and Jam if required.
I look forward to your idea on the day.

Thursday 2nd  August 2012

Matt Sillars Coffee Shop Sessions. 8pm - 11 pm

Matt hosts the Highlands best open mic night at the Tea Posy in The Greenhouse Dingwall every second Thursday, again we move this special evening to Belladrum to get the Potting Shed under-way in blistering rocktastic style for the weekend. Special guest Scotland's best new Blues Voice Leah,  and up and coming singer songwriter Josephine Sillars, who got her start at the Coffee Shop Sessions, and is now making her own name as a Singer- songwriter, both Highland Lassies Leah comes from Nairn and Josephine from Ross-shire.  "Doing more to support local music"!


Friday 3rd August 2012

Lady Miss Emma    12.00 - 12.20

Emma is Scottish musician singer/songwriter. Born in Dundee but having lived, travelled and gigged all over Europe, she has had many life enhancing experiences, which have shaped and influenced her musical outlook. A genuine loving and spiritual person who creates moving, thought provoking music. "The Potting Sheds secret weapon this year". 



The Galipaygos  12.40 – 1.10

Inverness Scoticana stalwarts with 4 albums under their belt and a great knack for melody, hooks and hokum. "Putting the three words Good, Time and Music where it belongs"


Blackrock Ceilidh  1.30 – 2.00

Fast becoming The Highlands favourite Party band. "The words "Rock" and "Ceilidh" in the name gives it all away really". 


Dave Fleming  2.15 – 2.45 

A well kent face around The Highlands former front man of Rhythm and Reelbut many people just won't know he has played with and supported the likes of ELEANOR McEVOY, HOBOTALK(superb!) DODGY, CHARLIE DANIELS BAND(US), JIM HUNTER, SALSA CELTICA, DR STRANGELY STRANGE(brilliant!), ROD CLEMENTS(Lindisfarne), TOM MORTON,  BARBARA DICKSON, ANDY WHITE, TIM O'CONNOR, REG MEUROSS....STEVE"Retro"SMITH(from"RUTHLESS BLUES" Hes recored and played with MARTIN STEPHENSON, and Martin even recorded one of his songs, the highest accolade for a songwriter to give a contemporary. "A real undiscovered Highland Treasure"!


The Highland Hotclub   3.00 - 3.45

Scotland's premier Gypsy Swing Combo (or "Tinker Swing" as its been christened localy) hosts to the popular Blue Note Nite on last Friday of every month at the Greenhouse in Dingwall. "File under Hot Gypsy Jazz"!!

Parma Violets    4.00 – 4.45

Are an honest rock band that believe in working hard as a band to get the sound they want and playing hard to win their audience. The work is paying off,  now Recording & Mastering their EP Album, fast becoming know as one of our best live bands. "This is traditional Rock Music in the same way as say "The Faces" were". 


Oxbow Lake Band   5.00 – 5.45

The word ‘eclectic’ is liberally used to describe bands/artists, but The ‘Oxbow Lake Band’ are a truly eclectic tribe, roaming through numerous genres, performing at a grass roots level, constantly evolving and thus avoiding easy categorisation.

well established in the north of scotland including sets at all the main festivals, straight after coming together in the spring of 2008. ep released "neanderthal blues" and album on the way (away from the main stream) "if asked who should represent the spirit of The Potting Shed Stage, Id say, they do that's who"


Texas Tim Scott and Matt Morrow     6.00 - 6.45

Denton's Tim and and Glasgow's Matt (Cousti) met on the Tartan Heart Fringe in 2009, since then have toured the Lone Star State and written a batch of songs together. Armed with Tim Scott's "Lyle Lovett"-like vocals and Matt's finger picking guitar style, the pair have combine their hand-crafted songs creating scills into a new album and are bringing it home to The Potting Shed Stage. "Cream and Cookie are the two words that spring to mind" 


The Federals 7.00 - 7.30

Highland Hill-billies formed on the slops of Lochbroom, they like to play as its know in the trade, "shit kicking" Country, Blues & Bluegrass, hard, fast, and to the cry of  "YEE HA MATH THA"

" The first scheduled appearance by these highland favourite (about bloody time!!) who said that"

Impromptu  7.30 - 10.00

This is where the magic happens and is sceduled on the day and a place for the musician to kick around some ideas and just play. 


Davy Cowan Storm Chasers    10.00 - 11.00 

Booked back as our Friday Headliners as soon as they came off stage from their rip roaring Potting Shed Stage impromtu appearance last year, the new album has since taken them to back Germany and the continent and continues to spread the word. Davy's music is inspired by Highland people, places, old memories, faces; journeys on trains, ferries, planes - and a clapped out converted Ford Transit minibus. "Seasoned with scatterings of Bluegrass, Country and lashings of Celtic Pop Rock perfect show stoppers".  

Saturday August 4 2012

Fash Stewart  & The Barberaville/Dingwall Connection 12.00 - 12.20

 Scotland's leading Country Music personality (after Sidney Devine of course) is again our Compere without compare, he's sharing those dutys with Fiona Forbes, who weve managed to prize out of the best club in the known folk world at The Polish Center in Kircaldy.

Fash gets his own moment in the spotlight in his traditional spot (no lights though). "Modesty prevents me from saying more but look out for the broom handle bass player"

Bluebelly  12.30 - 1.00

These days Inverness's premier Blues Export, they are due at Dundee Blues Bonanza for the eighth year running, and Orkney Blues Festival for a third year .They also have a fourth years slot at The 24th Dunbar Bellhaven Music Festival, a third years slot at Arbroath Bell Rock Festival, after a successful trip last year to Ripley Blues Club in Yorkshire, they also did legendary a Tartan Heart Fringe tour in 2006 driving and opening up for Seasick Steve. "They play their first Potting Shed Stage show this year (about bloody time ) who said that"!

Alan Frew  1.10 - 1.40

Alan Frew is a contemporary folk/pop artist from Troon, Ayrshire in the west coast of Scotland, and a leading light and founder of Troon Live. Citing his late father as well as the music of John Martyn, Will Oldham and Nick Drake as his main influences, he tours extrencivly across Europe these days and a welcome face at many festivals

 "Alan has a soulful and searching sound and is one of our finest guitarists".

Dorec-a-Belle 2.00 - 2.30

Dorec-a-belle play Genre Melodic, Harmonic, Soul-Folk with Imke Meynecke's Cello and Vocals ,  Sax, Flute and Vocals from Bev Fraser, Accordion, Liza Mulholland's Piano and Vocals ,  + Guitar and Vocals from Maryann Frew (yes Alan's Sister)  you can imagine, they have a very distinctive sound .  A sound these days you can hear being played extensively on BBC Radio Scotland. Last year they Busked the Festival this year they play the Potting Shed Stage.  "Simply one of the most interesting bands to emerge recently, great to see them being recognised out-with the area now too"

Gypsy Dave Smith 2.40 – 3.00

A welcome return for Belladrum's favourite Aussie Blues Man.  Now a regular on a great many other profile European Festivals, in addition he is a musician and character of renown for his impeccable bottle-neck Guitar to many venues around his native Newcastle and around the rest of the Blues community of the UK. The Potting Shed always has extra pop when Mr Smith is around!.  "Welcome home Dave"

Presented By Barbaraville Record

MIR 3.10 - 3.40

Red Hook Rapids  3.50 - 4.20 

We are delighted to move into our Barbaraville Records section of the programme, a community rather than a label, founded by our native Geordie troubadour Martin Stephenson from his Highland hame in (yes you guesed it) Barberaville Ross-shire.  Martin among his many other inovations, first introduce Gypsy Dave Smith to a Highland audiance way back in 1986, he continues to display and has honed his talent for talent spoting and these days helps them release and promote albums too. We present two his latest prodigy's.  Ally MacLeod & Donald Forbes  are Red Hook Rapids and will release their first band album in June of this year on Barberaville Records. Ally's first solo and (radio hit) album Astor Place, which features Donald, and was produced and mentored by Martin, reached 16 in the Euro Free Form Broadcasters Chart, made the top 20 in the FAR world wide Free Form Broadcasters chart, is still in the top 20 of The French Americana Chart, achieving airplay (and sales) across all territories including The USA, and BBC Radio Ulster, Radio Wales and of coarse BBC Radio Scotland where doyen Scottish broadcaster Iain Anderson has strapped himself firmly to their mast.

but firstly MIR - here's what Martin says about Miriam Campbell

“born... downpatrick co down n ireland family....mum musical, singing piano, jaws harp,mouthorgan. dad banjo and mandolin. brother guitar influences...patsy cline, aretha franklin, pj harvey, maybelle carter, johnny cash, i could go on but i won`t appeal....i would want to appeal to anyone and everyone, to have someone listen to a track and put a smile on their face or stir an emotion inside and go with it would be quality. fav female singer...patsy cline first time sang... about 3 or 4, there was always music played in our house, in times of trouble, births, family parties, sang in choirs and gaelic mod all the way through primary and academy. most how want music to layers to show how i have grown as a person and to get better notice a change in 2012.....lots of exciting artists just now, a great big mix. lots of people going back to their roots ”—  Martin Stepehenson
"Martin further support the cause by straping on his electric guitar and chiming on those big old iron strings to give MIR their distinctive Dick Dale'esk Surf guitar guts, NOT TO BE MISSED!"

Des Horsfall’s Kuschty Rye  4.30 - 5.15

"Are you all sitting two square firmly on your botys? Then I'll begin"Once upon a time Des Horsfall had a Dream. A Dream about a Musical Key. He foresaw his Rock and Roll Future, and his Inspiration was Ronnie Lane. Like the late great Small Faces and Faces man Ronnie. Des is a quintessential English songster stravager, drawing his influences from Motown to Manchester, Birminghamm England to Birmingham Allabama. like Lain he's under rated and breaking the mould, like Lane he's a great entertainer. Des will take you on a musical journey of discovery using the music of  Ronnie lane as sign posts along the way. "Every Good Gentleman's Tonic and a Belladrum must for any fans of The Small faces and The Faces and Slim Chance"

The O's 5.30- 6.15

With over 350 shows and 1 album behind them, The O's return with our sophomore release "Between The Two."

They have  played from Thurso to Hawaii, and everywhere in between, during these last two years, winning the hearts of all they encounter with their down home humour and hard one harmonies , their rootsy driving dynasisim, and dandy banjo noodleings. Accolades - winning "Best Of's" all around Texas, climbing to #2 album on the Euro Americana charts;  being heard all over MTV and the History Channel; to being dangerously handsome and charming (of course).  "Book them they will Come, miss them you'll be sorry"

Isaac Sutherland & Hamish  Roberts 6.25 - 7.00

They met on the impromptu time on the Potting Shed last year, Isaac doing sound and Hamish wowing the gathering with his gut string guitar wizardry, Isaac sad I want to play with him! it was the start of a beautiful friendship, they took it to the Bute Guitar Festival (where Hamish won open mic competition) they blew away Jazz Space in Inverness and have been doing the very same across venue across the Highlands, don't think it will be much different here. 

Impromptu  7.00 - 9.00

This is where the magic happens and is sceduled on the day and a place for the musician to kick around some ideas and just play. 

Defcon One   9.00 - 9.30

Providing the pre-fireworks fireworks renowned for their electrifying, high voltage live performances with a back-bone of pounding drums, bass and guitar-driven energy that bands like The Who were famous for all those years ago. With a set of original and catchy Rock/Pop anthems, and intense lyrical hooks and melodies, Defcon One have the spark that can drive any audience into a dance crazed frenzy, just whats required! "T minus 2 and counting"

Potting Shed All Stars                              10.00 - 11.00 

And so the finale and finally a chance for the sound crew the artists in residence and all the other potting shed hipsers flipsters and finger popping daddys to chill out,  get down and dirty (dirtier) and take it out in party style.

"Who knows what can happen in the next half hour" 

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