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Fri 14th Mar - Sat 8th Aug
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2009
@ Belladrum Estate, Beauly
Featuring: Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, Saw Doctors, Shed Seven, British Sea Power, Seth Lakeman, Alabama 3, Sons And Daughters, Glenn Tilbrook and The Fluffers, Peatbog Faeries, Lau, Treacherous Orchestra, Transglobal Underground, Tommy Reilly, De Votchka, The Phantom Band, 3 Daft Monkeys, Edward II, The Wallbirds, Kid Carpet
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Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2009: Editors + Ocean Colour Scene + Saw Doctors + Shed Seven + British Sea Power + Seth Lakeman + Alabama 3 + Sons And Daughters + Glenn Tilbrook and The Fluffers + Peatbog Faeries + Lau + Treacherous Orchestra + Transglobal Underground + Tommy Reilly + De Votchka + The Phantom Band + 3 Daft Monkeys + Edward II + The Wallbirds + Kid Carpet
Visit www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk for further information.
This Birmingham-based quartet have enjoyed a rapid rise to success since they met at college in Staffordshire in 2003. Influenced by iconic bands such as Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, their 2005 debut album reached no. 2 in the UK, thanks in part to an unrelenting tour schedule. The continued increase in the popularity of their live shows in 2006, along with a top ten single show that the band have the potential to become one of the 'big names' of the decade.
Editors tour dates
Nineties indie pop band whose sixties retro sound coupled with their obvious individual talents and collective knack of reaching the heart and soul of the nation's music buying public has certainly paid off.
Ocean Colour Scene tour dates
Hell-bent on celebrating, observing, recording and sometimes poking fun at their own locality, accent and idiomatic use of language whilst dressing their songs up in their favourite sounds and styles from their years of musical fandom, The Saw Doctors are a classic electric/folk/rock outfit from Tuam. Catch these guys live, and you'll understand why they have taken most of the world by storm.
Saw Doctors tour dates
Nineties Brit-Pop group Shed Seven who, fronted by the unmistakable vocals of Rick Witter, brought us hits such as Going For Gold, Chasing Rainbows and Getting Better. Since forming in 1990 the band released four albums, and achieved 14 Top 40 singles.
Shed Seven tour dates
British Sea Power are Yan, Noble Hamilton, Woody and Eamon. The band began life in Cumbria, 2001, and after a few relocations gained an enormous reputation in Brighton and then Europe, as tour supports to such greats as Interpol and The Flaming Lips. By the end of 2004, they were known worldwide, receiving acclaim as 'the best band in Britain' (Sunday Times) and attaining the Time Out award for Live Band Of The Year. It's quite remarkable that in this short time, BSP have established themselves as one of Britain's most noteworthy bands.
British Sea Power tour dates
'The musical equivalent of the bodice-ripping blockbuster' - The Guardian. Seth's live show, as with everything else he does, takes the established folk orthodoxy and turns it on its head. The spirit of the rock band meets the timeless and heartfelt subject matter of the folk tale in a blur of fiddle, acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythms, with Seth's unmistakable vocals riding the wave.
Seth Lakeman tour dates
Legendary Brixton collective, best known for the theme tune to the TV show 'Sopranos'. They combine techno beats with country instruments and are a group best sampled live.
'The best live band in the country' (The Guardian).
Alabama 3 tour dates
Scottish four-piece making punkish, dark indie influenced by Iggy Pop, Jesus and Mary Chain and Leonard Cohen. Hailing from Glasgow, their music is a romantic exploration of the culture from which they were born and fuses rock and pop to produce dark and delving modern punk.
Sons And Daughters tour dates
Former Squeeze frontman and his band.
Glenn Tilbrook and The Fluffers tour dates
Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries have been nominated for Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and described as 'the future of Celtic dance music'.
They incorporate many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hiphop, Reggae and more. Their inventive and unique approach always brings to their audience a true flavour of traditional Scottish music whilst offering a high octane experience - so be prepared to get on the dancefloor!
'Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries' - The Scotsman.
Peatbog Faeries tour dates
Widely regarded as this generation's most inventive folk band, Lau have been crowned Best Folk Group at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards three years on the trot.
Kris Drever (vocals/guitar) from the Orkney Islands, Martin Green
(accordion) from East Anglia and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) from Oban are a phenomenally talented trio of musicians and their cutting edge sound and charismatic flair have earned them an unrivalled reputation at national and international venues and festivals.
Lau is a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today.
‘Lau has injected a freshness, vitality, vigour into the UK folk scene’ (BBC)
'Astonishing walls of sound, truly magnificent' (The Scotsman)
'Unconventional and intricate, Lau are far from traditional' (NME)
'Lau are so special' (The Guardian)
'One of the most exciting live acts in any genre, Lau are to be cherished' (The Arts DEsk)
'... a symbol of musical innovation – a blaze of white hot sparks' (MUSICOMH)
'Amazing, our most favourite band in the world' (Holy Moly).
Lau tour dates
In the world of exotic, global beats, African rhythms and ambient melodies, Transglobal Underground have no peer. The deliverers of the joy that was 'Templehead' - irrepressible, unmissable.
Transglobal Underground tour dates
Winner of the Orange Unsigned Act 2008, young Scottish singer-songwriter Tommy Reilly not only wowed the judges with his musical talents, but also won over the audience as one of the most genuinely likeable characters to emerge from the contest. One to watch in 2009!
Tommy Reilly tour dates
Scottish art-rockers play west coast guitar twangs and gorgeous contorted rhythms.
The Phantom Band tour dates
Cornish nu-folk band, who mix up Celtic, Gypsy and Spanish influences to create an infectious carnival sound. Played Glastonbury 2002 and have supported The Oysterband and The Levellers.
3 Daft Monkeys tour dates
Featuring a seven-piece line up of melodeon and sax, fiddle and trombone nestling snugly cheek-by-jowl, their repertoire strolls expansively from reworked folk standards like 'Wild Mountain Thyme' or 'La Russe' to Caribbean classics like Gregory Isaacs 'Night Nurse'.
Edward II tour dates
'Lying at the Side of You' is the return single, arguably the debut in their current form. It's a huge rock track with a massive pop hook, an erratically excitable racket of garrulous guitars and brusque vocals which fearlessly crowd each other while keeping respectable distance from the tracks anxious melody. Now performing with a full band behind them, and with guest appearances on the forthcoming album from gospel choirs, legendary session musicians and Mercury Prize nominees, The Wallbirds are a sign of what's to come from great British music. One of the most ingenious, creative and exciting new bands about to break.
The Wallbirds tour dates
He's a one-man electronic band, playing broken-hearted modern music, with wit and style (and a few props). He recently appeared on the new ITV music show 'Earshot', playing a one-day tour of London. That's right, multiple shows in one town on the same day!
Live he plays an electro-pop cover of Van Halen's 'Jump' that features voice samples from Ivor Cutler. And his single 'Sh*t Dope' samples the '80s Children's TV programme Choc-a-bloc. Expect dodgy samples, carboot sale keyboards, kids toys, plastic guitar solos, dodgy singing, pathos aplenty and sellotape.
After releasing three albums and performing both nationally and internationally Kid Carpet has begun making theatre, composing music for others and has also presented a television programme for the BBC.
Kid Carpet tour dates
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Venue: Belladrum Estate