MARCH INTO PITLOCHRY festival organisers have unveiled an exciting 2017 line-up for the weekend of the 24th of March.
Last year’s star turn Hunter and the Bear return to top the Saturday, March 25th bill along with Leeds band The Dunwells, while colourful combo Johnny Cage and the Voodoo Groove make the long-haul from Wales to headline the Friday night entertainment. The festival’s credentials have been further enhanced by the addition of the much heralded Peter Bruntnell to headline the Saturday afternoon Acoustic Sessions in McKays Bar.
The weekend event is peppered with artists providing an Americana, Rock and Indie theme for the 2nd annual festival which runs from 6pm on the Friday through to the early hours of Sunday morning.
While Pitlochry Town Hall will again provide the focal point for the weekend, nearby McKays Bar is the venue for afternoon and late night acoustic sessions.
Scots outfit Hunter and the Bear are counting down to a UK tour to promote their debut album while US Billboard Top 30 band The Dunwells have already enticed U2 and Kaiser Chiefs producer Stephen Harris on board.
Steamy rockabilly party band Johnny Cage and the Voodoo Groove have been attracting rave reviews, including the stamp of approval from Midge Ure. Their reputation on the live circuit was boosted by being runner-up in Britain’s Best Live Band contest.
Belladrum and Wickerman veterans Jericho Hill are signed-up, along with 100 Fables – hailed as the Hard Rock Cafe’s best new band - and the festival has enjoyed a coup by tempting Devon-based alt-country singer Peter Bruntnell to stop-off for an acoustic set sprinkled with offerings from a Mojo Americana album of the month, Nos Da Comrade.
In addition to bands from further afield, the volunteer crew are keen to promote Perthshire talents, with Perth Battle of the Bands winners Purple Felts, Bridge of Earn five-piece Johnny Cash tribute outfit The Carloways and Pitlochry teenage singer songwriter Dannie Smillie all enjoying a Pitlochry profile.
The full line-up reads:
Friday March 24th: Pitlochry Town Hall: Altinak, Dannie Smillie, The Carloways, Jericho Hill and Johnny Cage and the Voodoo Groove; McKays Bar: King of Birds and Dead Man Fall.
Saturday March 25th: McKays Bar: Dannie Smillie, Mikey Maclellan, JC and the Hopeless Sinners, Peter Bruntnell, Stetsonhead and The Lorelei; Pitlochry Town Hall: Purple Felts, 100 Fables, MIR, James Mackenzie and Band, Miracle Glass Company, The Dunwells and Hunter and the Bear.
March into Pitlochry are a local not for profit voluntary group who are proud to support Parkinson’s UK in their work improving the lives of Parkinson sufferers.
Full Access Weekend Tickets are £50 and are available from marchintopitlochry.co.uk or by contacting Doug Gollan on 01796 473500