Author: Neil Mckenna

The third concert to raise much needed funds for the Darvel Music Festival showcased the talents of two local acts. Nostalgic under the stewardship of bass player Iain McIntosh recreated the late 70’s and early 80’s sounds of some of the UK’s most influential bands including Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure, The Clash and Magazine. Each song was lovingly reproduced and it was great to hear these classic tracks performed in Darvel. This accomplished band has two guitarists, a drummer and a bass player and it is recommendedthat any music patrons who like this genre of music, catch their next ‘live’ performance!   

The headline act for the evening The Railwaymen are well known throughout Ayrshire and beyond. They have appeared at the main Darvel Festival as well as the legendary King Tuts in Glasgow. The band will also be appearing this summer at Bute Fest.

The band effortlessly blend country-rock flavoured sounds with hints of Americana into their musical repertoire. Each song is an original and written by vocalist/acoustic guitarist David Paterson. The sixteen strong set of tunes went down a storm with the Darvel audience. The band consisting of Alex McAllister – lead guitar, Gordon McNeil – drums and Will Turner – bass are all superb musicians and provided the perfect sonic backdrop to David’s lyrics!

The Music Festival director, Sheila McKenna said, “On behalf of the music festival committee we have been delighted with the calibre of all the acts who have performed since February and equally delighted by the response of local music lovers who have turned up to support us at each of our three concerts. I would also like to thank our sound maestro, Colin Angus from Studio 5 in Saltcoats and all of the Darvel Bowling Club staff for their pleasant and courteous service”.  


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