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The Potting Shed Stage (Belladrum Festival)


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 become a place for some magical musical collaborations to happen spontaneously.

Time: August 5, 2010 at 8pm to August 7, 2010 at 11pm
Location: Belladrum Festival
Street: Potting Shed Stage
City/Town: Beauly
Website or Map: http://www.tartanheartfestival,co.uk
Event Type: festival, stage


Thursday 5th August
Emma Shearers Acoustic Thursday Coffee Shop Sessions goes to Belladrum with special guest
Anna Coogan
www.annacoogan.com
www.myspace.com/annacoogan
"Coogan's voice brings to mind the sweet but striking approach of Kelly Willis and Iris Dement."- No Depression Magazine

Every second Thursday of the month The Strathpeffer Coffee Shop Sessions features the best of local talent and brings profile guests to Ross-shire's best acoustic venue, tonight we go to Belladrum.

Friday 6th August

James Brown Is Annie (Sponsors Choice)
www.myspace.com/jamesbrownisannie
Britain's answer to The Meters... that was the funkiest version of Dixie Chicken ever" LITTLE FEAT
Need I say more!! Little Feat are friends of Square Wheels Cycles, Paul and Fred from the band recently played The Square Wheels House Concert, we couldn't get Little Feat (this year) so we got their favourite Scottish band.

Anna Coogan
www.annacoogan.com
http://www.myspace.com/annacoogan
"Coogan's voice brings to mind the sweet but striking approach of Kelly Willis and Iris Dement."- No Depression Magazine

Alan & Maryann Frew
www.myspace.com/maryannfrew
www.myspace.comalanfrew
"Northern Roots Festival: The Highlight of this fantastic festival, was Alan and Maryann Frew" John Crosby Flyinshoes Review

Alan is one of our finest picking poets, with and album that is receiving wide spread praise and airplay, Maryann has recently become a recording artist in her own rite with two songs on the Hi Arts Highland Acoustic artists sampler, they debuted as a duo at The Tartan Heart Fringe last year (yes they are brother and Sister) so were delighted to bring them to the potting shed stage too, a rare chance to see them together.

Cousti
www.myspace.com/cousti
"Mon The Cousti" echoed around the potting shed stage in 2007 when they wowed the afternoon crowd with their blend of west coast rock (west coast Scotland meets west coast America) They are using this appearance to release their brand new album.

Sandra MacBeth Band
www.myspace.com/sandramacbeth
Sandra MacBeth is a very talented singer with a gorgeous voice”. John "biscuits and gravy" Davy

Riding high on the release of her debut album “Conjugal scene”, Highland born singer songwriter Sandra MacBeth is at a very exciting time in her musical career. After recording in Germany for six Months in 2008, Sandra is ready to tour the album with her band. Tipped by i-on magazine as 2009 one to watch, and by no means a stranger to the live stage, Sandra has opened for Pink at the SECC, the Proclaimers, KT Tunstall, Mumford and Sons...also performing with Nicolette from Massive attack

Jon Garcia
www.myspace.com/jongarciaportland
"‘Simply brilliant’ Everything about the feel of this album is perfect,this should be much more than an independent release as it is nothing short of a brilliant record. "— Will Bray, Americana UK

Portland, Oregon as well as being the US greenest city, is one of the most exciting music cities in the world currently, it is home to an explosion of up and coming bands. Jon Garcia is at the white heat heart, and has been making noise since he arrived from Austin,. His music is often compared to a diversity of artists, ranging from Elliot Smith to Sunny Day Real Estate. His self-titled first record functioned best as a portfolio of good things to come, but "The Lake," his second record, is a much more focused collection of songs that was completed over the course of 3 and a half years and was produced by Robert Bartleson, (Wilco, Jeff Hanson) and recorded with the help of various members of the thriving Portland music scene. Jon performs with a revolving cast of musicians that vary in arrangement from violin and harp, to a much more fleshed out 4 piece rock band approach. However, it is in his solo performances that his 3 and a half octave range can be most appreciated. Jon is also a filmmaker and has just finished a feature film titled, "Tandem Hearts," which he produced, wrote, and directed about a young musician couple and their trials and tribulations as young striving musicians. The soundtrack consists entirely of Portland bands, as well as a few songs he wrote for the film. With a new CD, and a movie on the way, Jon Garcia is looking to head back to the UK soon to follow up his 2007 self-titled release "The Lake." is 9 songs and 3 and a half years worth of beautiful and versatile music.

Michael Weston King
www.michaelwestonking.com
www.myspace.com/michaelwestonking
www.facebook.com/michaelwestonking
"Like Tim Hardin, Phil Ochs or Townes van Zandt, King transmutes squalor and self-laceration into pure gold". MOJO

Michael Weston King is widely acknowledged as one of Britain's finest singer songwriters, Admired by the likes of Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, and the legendary Townes van Zandt (who recorded one of his songs), he draws his influence from a wide range of styles, from Pop to Folk, from Country to Soul, from Gospel to Blues.

He is the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons, with whom he made 4 critically acclaimed albums in a seven year career, which was recently celebrated by the double album, Cosmic Fireworks - The Best of The Good Sons (1994-2001) who played many times in The Highlands including the legendary Ault Na Main Festivals.
For the past six years he has been a solo troubadour, touring all over the world, performing with the likes of Nick Cave, John Cale, Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, Steve Forbert, Son Volt, and many more, and releasing five beautiful, articulate albums along the way.


Farquar MacDonald & Ali Pentland
www.myspace.com/farquharmacdonald
www.myspace.com/Bhuddatastic
What a find, Farquar can play the tunes with the best of them, but also can vamp on any musical subject, a rare talent" and a perfect foil to former member of The Peat Bog Fairies Ali Pentlands who's songs offer just as rich a mix if styles and idea's

Emma Shearer & Matt Sillars
www.myspace.com/emma.shearer
"Hostess with the mostess! of The Coffee Shops sessions, our very own blues diva"

Saturday 7th August

Ballachulish Hellhounds
www.myspace.com/thehellhoundsuk
Last year they stowed the Grass Roots Stage and went down a storm, they return to headline and close The Potting Shed Stage with a new album Songs From The Great Atlantic Ocean" they are "Tartan Grass" at its very best.

Kit Clark
www.myspace.com/kitclarkmusic
Founder of Danny Wilson, and Swiss Family Orbison, Kit is a national treasure and a Scottish Classic

Diddums
www.myspace.com/diddumsmusic
Famously reclusive and unwilling to step into the limelight information on the band is mostly made up of heresay, myth and legend. Some say "Diddums" have existed in some form since 1961 and that the current line up is only the latest in a long line of members who have filled the various roles in the group through the years. But even this information is the subject of much conjecture and argument with the fans.

Forest Sun
www.forestsun.com
www.myspace.com/forestsun
San Francisco Bay Area troubadour and award winning songwriter, Forest Sun has regaled audiences around the globe with his wealth of songs and stories, all sung and told with back porch ease and bonhomie. He's opened for Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne and Keb Mo among others and collaborations on his many records include the likes of such musical luminaries as Jolie Holland, Sean Hayes, ALO, Hot Buttered Rum to name a few.
In 2007 Forest was awarded 1st place in the Pacific Song Writing Competition with "Drops in the Ocean," and in 2009 his song "Gurus and Rockstars" from the album “Harlequin Goodnight” was nominated for best song in the Just Plain Folks Awards.


Steph Macleod Band
www.myspace.com/stephmacleod

Steph played Solo on the Potting Shed 2007 and blew us all away, he returns with his band and an album full of songs, full of honesty and uplifting truth of redemtion.

Kray Van Kirk
www.krayvankirk.com
Wyoming's folk singer songwriter Kray has taken the modern troubadours approach to the limit he no long sells his music, he records it and give it away free on his web site and travels to where he finds a welcome,He is a wonderful picker player and singer, we welcome him to the Potting Shed Stage.

Dave Desmelik
www.davedesmelik.com
North Carolinas Dave Desmelik has established himself as an accomplished and rising singer/songwriter whose music might best be described as Americana or Alt/Country. Drawing upon influences from country to bluegrass to blues to rock n’ roll, Desmelik writes and performs a unique blend of songs.
Dave has released six independent CDs, “Move On” (1998), “Have Another” (2001), “Afterthoughts” (2003), “When Your Eyes Are Closed” (2005), “Unheard Of” (2007) and “Onlooker” (2009).
Dave currently resides in western North Carolina with his wife, child, and dog.


Compeers

Roberto Cassani
www.robertocassani.com
We welcome back Scotland's favourite Italian, it was his Belladrum appearance in 2007 that announced his considerable presence to his adoptive home, since then he has sang for the Scottish assembly, and featured on BBC Scotland, The Edinburgh Fringe, Thomas Fraser Festival In Shetland, and fills clubs (Folk, Indie, and Comedy) up and down the country

Fash Stewart
www.myspace.com/thebigfash
“You could start by saying that Fash Stewart is a country/folk singer, songwriter, musician, entertainer – but you could save a lot of effort by just calling him a force of nature”

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