Saturday 14th June

Morning – Early afternoon in the McCosh Hall

Music Workshops – times and details of these are still being finalised and will be posted as soon as possible.


Afternoon in the Kirk

Jenna and Bethany Reid

Jenna and Bethany Reid

KVR are delighted to have the hugely talented Jenna and Bethany Reid performing at the festival. The venue for this concert is our lovely 18th century church.

No strangers to this area and with a great local following, Jenna and Bethany are fiddle playing sisters from Shetland. Having grown up immersed in the music and culture of Shetland, (Bethany won Shetland’s Young Fiddler of the Year award at the age of 11!), the girls have gone on to pursue successful careers in both performance and tuition individually and together.

Whether performing in award-winning ensembles Filska, Dochas, RANT (nominated in BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards 2014) and Blazin’ Fiddles (Best Folk Band 2013 Scots Traditional Music Awards 2013) or teaching in schools and Summer Camps both here and all over the world, Jenna and Bethany are greatly sought after as fine musicians delivering Shetland music at its best.

Jenna’s fiddle playing is faultless, while the effortless way Bethany switches between piano and fiddle is testament to her overall class”
– Live Review from the SHETLAND BUS, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Celtic Connections

Learn more about the girls at:

The concert will be followed by a rather special afternoon tea with lots of lovely home baking from the very talented ladies (and some of the gentlemen) of Kirkmichael.


McCosh Hall

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

There will be a children’s drama workshop in the hall at 3pm led by the inimitable Chris Taylor (Hipshot Theatre Company, Gaiety Whirl, Aladdin). This workshop will last approximately two hours.


Saturday Night in the McCosh Hall

We have a great line-up for the Saturday Night concert!

Melisa Kelly

Melisa Kelly

First up is Ayrshire lass, and phenomenal rock and blues singer Melisa Kelly. Accompanying herself with a driving guitar, Melisa’s bluesy, throaty vocals and powerful delivery showcase her own material and lend her own original interpretation to the best of other people’s. Despite her tender years, Melisa is a veteran of the local scene, having played all over Ayrshire and beyond, including the Wired Music Festival, Live at Troon and supporting Donnie Munroe. As someone on the committee said – “What a rare wee belter!” – we think he was referring to her voice…

Simon Atkinson

Simon Atkinson & the Foundryman’s Apprentice

We are really fortunate to have secured the talents of Simon Atkinson and the Foundryman’s Apprentice for our Saturday night concert.

Simon has been playing and recording for over 30 years though his career as a songwriter has been a more recent innovation. Developing and performing his own material, initially as a duo with Scottish guitarist Ron Rodger, Simon soon began ‘collecting’ musicians calling firstly on players from his time as a jazz/blues vocalist with the highly successful Simon Atkinson and the Ben Marcato trio resulting in the well received and critically acclaimed EP ‘The Pawnbroker’ in 2012. The current band line-up has performed to very enthusiastic audiences at a huge number of events and venues including the 2013 Wickerman Festival. Their contemporary and innovative folk-jazz sound is delivered by Simon on vocals and guitar, John Duffy on jazz bouzouki and vocals, Hugh Clinton on mandolin, banjo and electric guitar and vocals, Keir Highet on bass, Richard Hamilton on drums and percussion, Becky Crichton on cello and Cat Atkinson on fiddle.

Their new recording A Different Kind of Love incorporates both new and updated original material recorded over a two-year period and has been received with huge critical acclaim. Among others, BBC Radio 2 described it as a recording which should be taken seriously” and N.F. England as “Brilliant! Great musically and Soul-Searching Lyrics for sure!”

Check the band out at: and then buy your tickets quickly. You know it’s going to be a good one!!

Finally, but definitely not least, get ready to dance the rest of the night away to the fabulous Blackleaf 40!

Blackleaf 40

Blackleaf 40

Blackleaf 40, a seven piece band based in Ayrshire, have been gigging around this area and the central belt for the past couple of years. The band was formed from the remnants of several local outfits in the aftermath of a multi band reunion bash in Ayr. Playing an eclectic mix of Classic Rock and Blues tunes, Blackleaf 40 have recently written and recorded a collection of original songs, a selection of which they intend to release as an album in late Autumn.  The band is looking forward to being part of the great line-up at KMF 2014 and will keep you rocking well into the small hours!

Full Weekend Programme: Kirkmichael Music Festival Programme

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