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Listen again to the great Ralph McLean chatting to Hub founder Rob Ellen on BBC Radio Ulster about his quest to encourage concerts in peoples own homes, when the Medicine Show toured Ireland this year with Chuck Hawthorne and Libby Koch (featuring interview and session with them too) 35 minutes into the show.(click picture)


The Medicine Show presents Belladrum Festival Square Wheels Potting Shed Stage

The Square Wheels Potting Shed Stage
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 4rth Emma Shearers Strathpeffer Coffee Shop Sessions.
Emma holds the Highlands best open mic night at the Coffee Shop Strathpeffer every second Thursday, again we move this special evening to Belladrum to get the Potting Shed underway for the weekend.
"Expect to some of the best of Highland talent".
Friday 5th August
12.00pm        12.45pm        Coffee Shop Blues Review   Emma Shearer, Matt Sillars, Gilbert Anderson, Tony Wallis & Neal Kinghorn
Stalwarts of the Coffee Shop Sessions in Strathpeffer Emma is Blonde but Sings the Blues, Matt is a talented Slide player and songwriter, Gilbert Anderson, is a finger Style songster in the style of John Renborn, Bert Jansch , Davy Graham, and Neal Kinghorn has Country Blues Rootsy style drawing from the deepest well of the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Howlin Wolf, Tony sings songs and blows harp in that classic folk singer style, but just as easily pick out a mess of blues too.
"Blues Roots and Shoots" 

1.00pm        1.45pm        Highland Hot Club 
"Gypsy Jazz Jango Style"
2.00 pm        2.45pm        John Colletta
Multi-instrumentalist originally the singer and songwriter blamed for the Scottish Folkabilly phenomenon The Humph Family
3.00 pm        3.40pm        Jerry Harmon
The Smokey Mountain Gypsy  Jerry has been telling stories and playing music since he was a young boy, ‘strumming a banjo fashioned from wood and groundhog hide by his uncle Gene’.

He is the latest storyteller in his family’s 200-year old tradition, and learnt the famous Jack Tales early on. Jerry received a Grammy nomination in 2008 for his spoken word CD Standing at the Corner of Walk and Don’t Walk,


"A real southern gent, and great guitar picking poet story teller". 



3.45pm - 4.15            Dave Sharp

Guitarist with Welsh Stadium Rockers The Alarm. When the band imploded Dave took to hard travelling the back roads of America Woody Guthrie Style, looking to regain his muse and eventually finding it in New Orleans, where he spent 10 years perfecting his art, these days touring solo and in the process of recording a new Band album to be released soon.

"Dave Sharp Song Driven Guitar Star"


4.15 - 4-55               Davy Cowan and The Storm Chasers

Local hero Davy Cowan is also a Dave Sharp fan of old and recently Dave has help Davy with his latest album The Journey, released to national and international acclaim earlier this summer, Davy and The Storm Chaser play a unique brand of Celtic Driven song based Rock and Reel and are welcome across Europe as well as across the Highlands and particularly welcome here on The Potting Shed Stage.

"Highland Leg-end"


5.00pm        5.45pm        Catford

Cat­ford, are something of an Aberdeen super group, fea­turing multi-instrumentalists and singer/songwriters Steve Craw­ford and Davy Cat­tanach, +  Davy’s former Old Blind Dogs band­mate. the amaz­ing Jonny Har­die on fiddle. Catford have just released a new album, "Chron­icles", driven by Steve and Davy’s per­cus­sion and gui­tar and under­pinned by Jonny’s lux­uri­ant strings,

"Exquis­ite songs, jaw-dropping har­mon­ies and vir­tu­oso musi­cian­ship"


 6.00pm        6.30pm        The Wellgreen

The Wellgreen - psychedelic, folk rock band from Killearn & Duntocher, Scotland. Debut album "The Wellgreens" was released to widespread acclaim earlier this year


 6.30pm        7.15pm        Jason Ringenberg www.jasonringenberg

Jason Ringenberg is an American classic, lead singer of Jason & the Scorchers. Ringenberg was especially influential in the mid-1980s in the vanguard of the indie country/rock fusion Paisley movement. His music, and that of similar bands, served as the roots for the "alt country" genre that would arise in the 1990s

legendary Nashville singer-songwriter and alt-country /cow-punk pioneer





Adhock and informal Guerrilla Stage Line Up TBC on the day!


10.00pm         10.45pm      Rise Doug & Andy (The Nevis Radio Medicine Show Introduces)                 

Our climax act of the first day at Belladrum 2011 - Rob Ellen says

"On a weekend that does seem to have a strong nostalgic pull, personally I am delighted to host and welcome, two of my favourite all time musicians Champion Doug Veitch and Rise Kagona. The Doug Veitch self styled Cajun king of Caledonian swing of my youth, introduced me through his numerous John Peel Sessions to a world of exotic styles of roots music forms in one glorious band, he is a true pioneer of the genre that went on to be called "World Music". It was he who first went to Zimbabwe and discovered The Bhundu Boys took them to The UK, released their first album, resulting in the gates of African music opening to the other continents of the globe, and the rest is now music history. Rise Kagona is a founder of said African giants and a Guitar Hero, who's style of playing founded a whole genre "Harare Jit" now living in Scotland and playing with his old friend in this extra-ordinary combo.

"Harare Jit meets Scottish Jig"


Saturday 6th August
12.00pm        12.45pm        Matt Urmy      
East Nashville's Matt Urmy was born in New York City, but raised in Tennessee, he walks in the footsteps of free thinkers. His performances weave listeners between the gritty free verse of the 1960’s and smoking folk-country blues. His voice is etched with the weathered years of life polished with the sad pangs of hope that mirrors the depth of his writing.
"Urmy is a New World poet"
1.00pm        1.45pm        Dumb Instrument
"Patriotic, intelligent, indie group from Ayr, championed by Jim Gellitly"
 2.00pm        2.45pm        Adriana Spina
One of Scotland's most exciting emerging artists with an album "Never Coming Home" gathering praise and plaudits across Europe her sparkling slant on the Singer/Songwriter genre, recently handpicked to support Sheryl Crow in the American superstar's only UK headline date of her tour, recently she has also performed in support of Paolo Nutini, Oh Susanna!, Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader, Kim Richey, Dar Williams and Oscar winner Ryan Bingham.

"Sparkling  Singer/Songwriter"
3.00pm        3.45pm        Charlie Roth

You are invited to be part of the magical and medicinal world of Minnesotan Charlie Roth, . A consummate showman, an entertainer with countless gigs under his belt, Charlie has mastered the art of playing and singing from his heart, exuding the sheer joy of making great music which can be felt by everyone who is connected to that spiritual grace. His fifth album 'Broken Ground' reached up to #6 on the Euro Americana charts and continues to get air play all over the world. He has recorded with the likes of Sam Bush, Michael Bland and other American legends, likened to John Prine Guy Clark & Townes Van Zantz.
"Americana, Folk, Blues, Country, Celtic"
4.00pm        4.45pm         Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band 
Gerry Jablonski, the (almost) legendary guitar hero, 30 year veteran of the music scene has come up with a masterpiece. With the powerful and dynamic rhythm section of Dave Innes on drums and Grigor Leslie on bass, Polish blues harp prodigy Peter Narojczyk takes on guitar master Gerry in an exciting showcase of raw and honest talent
"A blistering powerhouse of a British Blues band"
5.00pm        5.45pm        Innes & Present Company  

Present Company from Brisbane, Australia are four musicians with a passion for organically created music. Their unique sound is created via bass fiddle, violin, mandolin, banjo, guitar and four voices which are blended, old style, through the single microphone that the boys dance around. Their heroes range from Bill Monroe to The Strokes and from to old time bluegrass to contemporary acoustic music; their repertoire consists of quirky original songs and tunes written by the band as well as some cover versions which may surprise. The band have been delighting festival crowds up and down Australia since 2011 and are currently working hard on their new CD (due mid - 2012) In July 2012, they take their music overseas for the first time with a tour of Scotland.


"Bill Monroe to The Strokes, from old-timey bluegrass to new-timey acoustic"
6. 00pm        6.45pm        The Lorelei 
Vintage Folk Rockers, Belladrum and Potting Shed favourites are celebrating 30 years as a band with their new album Faces and this performance at their favourite festival.
"One of the all time great Festival Bands"

Adhock and informal Guerrilla Stage Line UP TBC on The Day!


8pm - 9pm The Potting Shed Stage All Stars and Square Wheels Sponsors Choice Guests Stars


9.00pm   10.45pm   Counter Feat (Sponsors Choice)

"Scotlands leading Little Feat Tribute band"


"These guys rock" - Paul Barrere (Little Feat) 



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Comment by Lori Williams on July 27, 2011 at 15:12
Hi Rob, just want to confirm that Jerry Harmon is unable to attend and Willie and tabs Mackaskil will be in his time slot? Thanks :)
Comment by rob ellen on May 16, 2011 at 0:55

Me and my two brothers one genetic one spiritual last year



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