ButeFest not only celebrates some of the big names in live music, but rightfully shouts about its own home-grown talents living here on our beautiful island.
Among the local acts set to take to the stage at the three-day island festival (July 29-31) are Beth Swan, The Red Hearted Vibes, Anabrese, Layla A. Templeton, and Skellum.
Beth Swan is a 15-year-old singer-songwriter who, despite having only taken up singing in 2011, has been turning heads with performances way beyond her years. Beth has had a number of notable highlights in her thus far short career, including a performance at this year’s Celtic Connections, a set at the 2015 Blackpool Music Festival, and competing in the regional finals of the UK-wide Teenstar talent contest.
Beth performs frequently at home on the island, including annual performances at Port Bannatyne Gala Day, and has even released a charity single which has raised over £2,000 for the Moira Anderson Foundation. You’ll be blown away by this talented teen.
Local band, The Red Hearted Vibes, have quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, and will put on a performance not to be missed.
The four-piece band, which comprises Douglas Zavaroni, John Murray, Shaun Cassidy and Robert Deans, has amassed a large fan following with their rock sound which is influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Oasis and Bright Eyes. And with their skill and talent, it’s not difficult to see why!
The Red Hearted Vibes have performed at a host of local gigs and competitions, including playing on the main stage at Tee in the Port in 2014, taking the runner-up spot in this year’s Rothesay Academy Live Lounge, a set at charity gig ‘Fun and Frolic’, and last month’s ‘Saturday Night Skive’ at Mount Stuart.
The sky’s the limit for this young band - you won’t want to miss them.
Anabrese is a female singer-songwriter based on Bute, with Jordan Kane on guitar, delivering self-reflective acoustic music sure to soothe the soul.
Recording for over ten years, Anabrese has supported Gallagher & Lyle, toured Scotland as part of the duo, Yellow Earth, as well as having performed on Radio Scotland. She has also tutored teenagers in all aspects of performing arts and songwriting.
Together, Anabrese and Jordan have wowed local audiences with their delicate yet powerful performances. Jordan’s technical ability on guitar is something to behold, alone!
If you’re all ‘rocked out’, be sure to catch their set at this year’s festival for guaranteed chilled-out vibes which will help recharge the batteries.
Sixteen-year-old Layla, who was born and raised on the island, is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, and is well-known to the island’s music scene in the few short years she’s been performing.
In addition to singing in school productions and community pantomimes, Layla is an active member of the island’s choirs including ‘Island Voices, ‘Ballianlay Choir’ and ‘The United Church of Bute Choir’. She was winner of the Rotary Club of Rothesay’s Young Musician of the Year competition in 2014 and 2015, and also won this year’s Rothesay Academy Live Lounge, securing her place on the main stage at the 2016 Tee in the Port festival.
Be sure to check out this set from a very talented young lady.
Bute folk group Skellum made their public debut at last year’s ButeFest, and festival-goers will be pleased to hear they are returning to the festival’s stage next weekend.
Comprising Simon Kay, Keith McIntyre, Robert Deans, Alec Mack, Steve Thornton, and Alison McIntyre, Skellum will be bringing their toe-tappingly, catchy style which was so enjoyed by locals and visitors to the inaugural festival.
Catch Skellum, and all of the above acts, at ButeFest 2016 - head to www.butefest.co.uk for more details or to buy your tickets.