Americana Bluegrass and Barn Stomp Weekend

A Weekend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Swamp – by the beach!

Yup, we are delighted to unveil a great weekend of live music to tap the feet to! In conjunction with local musician Alan Frew, we have curated six great acts over two days to offer a cross section of the best blue grass, barn stomp and Americana that Scotland has to offer.

This is a guaranted get up and let it rip sort of a weekend and both nights are being held in the intimate Reception Room at the back of Troon Concert Hall. 

South Beach Sessions found its new home during WinterStorm Rock Festival Weekend when we set up a stage, a bar and full PA into the "Reception Room" overlooking the beach in Troon Concert Hall. Not only has it the most spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde and the occasional breath-taking sunset it also felt straight away like a real venue! 

Six acts over two days for only £12 per night or £18 for the weekend - buy both tickets and the discount is applied at checkout.

Buy Friday Ticket | Buy Saturday Ticket

Friday 24th August | James Edwyn and The Borrowed Band | Saint Huck | Katee Kross

Tickets | £12.00 (£20 for the weekend)

Friday night kicks it all off from doors at six pm with bands on from just after seven and is a little more folk, country and Americana.

James Edwyn and The Borrowed Band

Glasgow sextet James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band stumbled on to the scene 2013, their formation the result of a series of unlikely coincidences and their music is a mix of alt-country, indie/folk rock and roots orientated Americana.

Their first album The Tower was released in 2014 through the band’s own label, Dead Records Collective. The album was well received, achieving significant airplay and positive reviews across a broad range of media.

High Fences, the band’s 2017 follow up to The Tower, saw a big leap forward for the band with Grammy nominated and ARIA-winning engineer Adrian Breakspear on mixing duties, the 10-track L.P. captured a bigger, harder edged sound without the band losing their trademark focus on finely honed arrangement and melody. 

The band’s first two singles from the album, Passing San Ysidro and Pushing Statues have both enjoyed significant radio play across the BBC and other radio networks.

Live, the band continue to move from strength to strength. Their second year on the festival circuit in 2017 saw them stepping up to a number of main stages and cementing their growing reputation as a formidable live act. Their two hometown shows of late 2017 were hugely successful, with a sold out single launch (Passing San Ysidro) in August and a sold-out album launch as part of the Glasgow Americana festival. 

2018 has started with a bang for the band, seeing the invited to showcase at Glasgow’s famous Celtic Connections festival and the UK Americana Music Association festival in London and now Troon's South Beach Sessions in the summertime!

Saint Huck

Glasgow band Saint Huck; an Americana/folk/country duo, formed in early 2016 by Christie & Jamie O'Donnell-Vernal. With influences including the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Tom Waits, Black Crowes, Bonnie Raitt, Jack White, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings and Jackson Browne, the pair's tight-night harmonies have really honed in on that old rootsy good stuff, whilst remaining fresh and completely true to their own intimate songwriting style.

The pair have established themselves as a highly respected and closely watched live act in their short career thus far, playing across the U.K. to vast and varied audiences as well as some live national TV appearances. 

In September 2016, Saint Huck released their online EP Woodside Sessions, produced by Roddy Hart & Tommy Reilly and summer 2018 will see Saint Huck filling up the calendar and gigging throughout the UK following some new releases.

Katee Kross

Katee Kross is a Scottish singer songwriter who has released two self-penned albums, ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ and ‘Don’t Fade To Grey’ as well as three singles and this October sees the release of album number three called ‘Body & Soul’.

In addition to her albums, her live work has been impressive having supported big name acts such as Dougie MacLean, Barbara Dickson, James Grant, Karine Polwart, JJ Gilmour and many others.

In October 2016 Katee played at Wembley Arena with Seasick Steve and the following year opened again for Steve at his gig at the Summer nights series at the Kelvingrove Bandstand. Support for Sandi Thom followed when she played at the Oran Mor in Glasgow and she will once again open for her later this year at the same venue.

2018 has already seen stage performacnes at the Glasgow SSE Hydro as part of the three day Country 2 Country Festival with scheduled performacnes already on fro King Tuts in April and the Millport Country Music Festival later in the summer followed by an appearance at the Prestigious Dougie MacLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival.

Saturday 25th August | Have Mercy Las Vegas | Two Thieves and The Burning Wood | Awkward Family Portraits

Tickets | £12.00 (£20 for the weekend)

Saturday switches it to a mix of Americans and folk with a big dollop of barnstomp and bluegrass!

Have Mercy Las Vegas

Think deep Scottish roots, razor sharp Americana, trad and contemporary Appalachia embellished with touches of folk and country blues – do that and you’re halfway there. To complete the picture, add blisteringly tight musicianship and perfectly interlaced harmonies.

HMLV have been described as “an ideal festival band with stacks of energy” by DJ Jim Gellatly. Many agree with him, with the band earning rave reviews of their blistering live performances at festivals up and down the country including in recent years performance at [email protected] and The Harbour Bar. Stand out performances at Belladrum, Celtic Connections, Hebcelt, Tiree Music Festival and Wickerman have been the highlight, although there have been too many to count.

In addition, the band have been rewarded with performances on BBC’s RAPAL, STV’s Riverside Show and a live broadcast of their set from Belladrum, featuring in the weekends highlights alongside the Manic Street Preachers and Hayseed Dixie. Perhaps the pinnacle however would be the band being one of three hand-picked to represent Scotland at the Country to Country Music festival at one of the UK’s largest music venues, the 02 Arena in London. Earning praise from the organisers, fellow performers and or course the concert goers, HMLV are keen to build on this in 2018.

Two Thieves and The Burning Wood

Two Thieves and The Burning Wood started off as a duo called “Two Thieves” just over five years ago, in Dundee. The need for a bigger and better sound slowly became crucial, so last year they found these three incredibly talented musicians to join the family.

What do they do? They do Country, Bluegrass, Swing, Folk and Roots and boy do they do it well! Having crafted timeless and detailed folk songs over the years with fun, captivating and crystal clean harmonies, they blend in a mix of original tunes and covers into the set so that there is something for everyone listening.

The set will be for fans of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Neil Young, J.J Cale and many many more

After releasing their EP last year, they plan to have our album out by the end of 2018 with a tour to follow that.

In the meantime you can enjoy them in full flow in Troon this summer

Awkward Family Portraits

Awkward Family Portraits have been bringing contemporary folk and Americana to the streets of Glasgow since 2016. With a roguish charm and style that elevates them far above the stereotypes of the genre, AFP are a band that have one central goal and that is to get you to abandon all of the outside world’s hang-ups and move.

The brainchild of four likeminded musicians with a wealth of originality and technical skill at their disposal, you only need to catch the briefest glimpse of one of their live shows to feel an insatiable urge to make your way into the crowd and their recent European tour and King Tut’s New Year’s Revolution headline show are clear signs of the potential for growth that resides within their material. 


South Beach Sessions
Ayrshire Business Hub
46 Bank Street
Irvine
Ayrshire
KA12 0LP

Tel: 01294 233713

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