Doune The Rabbit Hole: The Wailers, John Grant, Battles, Hot 8 Brass Band, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Shonen Knife, The Skids, BEAK>, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Kathryn Joseph & more
Doune the Rabbit Hole is an intimate, independent music & arts festival located amidst the glorious ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate in Port of Menteith.
DTRH started life in 2010, at a site near Doune (hence the name) and has since been celebrating the very best of Scotland’s independent/DIY arts scene alongside amazing international guests each summer.
It’s not all about the music either! This year’s festival will include a huge kid’s area, spoken word tent, workshops, a cinema and delicious local food, ciders and craft ales.
From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.”
In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers present Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums. It’s startling how this young powerhouse delivers with his uncle’s inspiring trademark style. Lead singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture. Josh delivers Bob’s powerful message of Jah love and unity through his performance and interaction with the audience. Also on stage are singers Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three Judy Mowatt, and Hassanah, a multi-cultural powerhouse; veteran Owen “Dreadie” Reid on guitar/bass, and “triple bubble king” Javaughn Bond on keyboards.
There are more than 100 million Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings sold, including 1977’s Exodus, anointed Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine, and “One Love,” named Song of the Millennium that same year by BBC. Spin Magazine listed Bob Marley & The Wailers at #4 of the “50 Greatest Bands of All Times,” while The New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the 20th century. These accolades were made possible by the creative, timeless, and distinctive music, lyrics and production of these incomparable Wailers musicians.
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Former lead vocalist with cult band The Czars, the Denver-born singer has since carved out a far more successful career for himself as a solo artist. His style has smoothly moved from dark indie-folk to more upbeat ventures with electronic-pop and an orchestral collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic. He was nominated as Best International Male Solo Artist at the BRITS 2014 and continues to be heaped with critical praise upon every release.
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An angular and highly experimental band featuring John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, Dave Konopka of Lynx and Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress pushing the sonic limits of how conventional instruments and electronics meld. Their reputations as some of the most skilled and innovative musicians of their time has helped to garner them a worldwide audience.
Battles has been anything but a conventional band. As result of its constant forward-momentum – musically and conceptually – Battles albums have placed the band amongst the most innovative of Warp Records' roster. Battles stand out on their own more than ever as THE band that can unite techno lovers, progressive rock aficionados and experimental enthusiasts of all stripes.
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An extraordinary, raw and funky brass band from the streets of New Orleans. The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes them special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. Just listen to their recordings for a sampling of the rich harmonies and the magical, sweet tone that make it impossible to mistake this band for any other. "Marching music for modern times... incendiary" - The Guardian.
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The godfather of dub and the high priest of reggae. Bob Marley's producer and a truly original musical innovator. From 1970s Jamaica to the present day his music has been consistently excellent and his influence consistently enormous.
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This all-girl Japanese 3-piece punk-pop band have been performing for over 30 years, with catchy tunes coming on like a female Buzzcocks or Ramones. They were championed by the late Kurt Cobain, supported Nirvana in the States, and were personally chosen by Simpsons creator Matt Groening to play 2010's All Tomorrow's Parties festival and by comedian Stewart Lee to play 2016's ATP.
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1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds. Perhaps best known for their '79 top ten hit 'Into The Valley', they became a major influence on later bands like Green Day and Manic Street Preachers. Via Pledgemusic, the boys celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2017 by releasing 'Burning Cities', their first new album in 35 years!
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BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. Sometimes a band can be no more than the sum of it's parts, but BEAK> are an equation in which it's impossible to define equivalents or totals. Instead the meeting of three talents form a foundation from which ideas assimilate and propagate.
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Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the '70s. His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement and he toured with all the seminal bands, from The Sex Pistols to The Clash, until he soon began to draw large crowds in his own right.
John Cooper Clarke is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on pop culture. His influence can also be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of artists such as Plan B and the Arctic Monkeys.
As well as his regular TV appearances on the likes of Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, John also host 6 Music shows and his own BBC Radio 4 Show 'John Cooper Clarke Live at the BBC'.
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Prodigiously talented and criminally underrated; Kathryn is one of Scotland's best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. Better compared with Anthony Heggarty; she is an artist in every way; unique and soulful, and at the core a beautiful unnerving truth.
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Debaucherous minimalist rave from London duo James Ford and James Shaw. Using the kind of vintage minimal beats that only a 1980's Casio can produce, this eccentric pair somehow manage to make techno sexy with their use of static vocals and fragmented rhythms; '...twisted disco as it should be.' - RoughTrade.
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An aggressive post-rocker trio from Northern Ireland who have had an amazing few years touring the world, including a show supporting Nine Inch Nails in their home town of Belfast.
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Introducing Bombskare, Scotland's 9 man ska juggernaut, who have been tearing up stages the length and breadth of the British Isles. Reaching zero to sixty skanking miles an hour in the space of three chords, they are tighter than Fort Knox. Their trademark, breakneck ska rhythms and lush, 3 part harmonies work together with choppy guitar sounds and an explosive horn section to truly blow the audience away. The band's expertise and sense of fun makes every performance truly memorable!
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Named after the the child-murdering villain from the classic ballad, Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.
The band was originally formed as an experimental-psychedelic-folk-punk-duo by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2,000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four piece group playing today (along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat who joined in 2012).
Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, from American old-timey music, krautrock, ambient techno and psychedelic folk, to black metal, drone, punk and rock n’ roll.
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Tom McGuire & The Brassholes are an eclectic, modern-soul-funk, eight piece band from Glasgow, headed by keen skater, lumberjack-attired soul bearer, Tom McGuire. The funky collective of 'killer animals from hell', consists of a colourful, hilarious bunch of wonderfully talented, animated young men.
The band deliver great variety and include everything from a humble Polish saxophonist, a reserved introvert piano pounder, someone who claims to be the self confessed 'sex appeal of the band' and two English horn blowing northerners amongst others!
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A passionately aggressive rock band from Tokyo whose music has been described as 'the soundtrack to the end of the world' but who actually exemplify a more hopeful vision. Their recent influences include orchestral textures and the tale of a girl who, after developing leukemia in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing put her hope in an old Japanese legend about folding paper cranes. Among the artists Mono have worked with is Steve Albini, who produced their album 'Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined'.
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He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues: Political protest songs for the modern day, honest and open Love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honest lyrics and quick wit.
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Will Varley is a folksinger/ poet/ storyteller and novelist from London. He has been a stalwart of the Acoustic/Folk scene since his early teens, playing hundreds of gigs in England and Ireland and supporting some huge names along the way. He's picked up a whole host of new fans including folk guru Mike Harding and BBC Introducing presenter Tom Simmons.
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Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) - a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe.
Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies. Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists around.
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MBE and OBE snooker star entertains fans with his dry sense of humour and flair of trick shots. Winner of six Embassy world titles. In recent years Steve has also become a DJ with his eclectic record collection.
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Kavus Torabi an experimental/ psychedelic musician with a long history in the field. He fronts his own band, Knifeworld and plays in Gong, Guapo and Cardiacs. He runs the boutique record label, Believers Roast, has collaborated with a wide range of left-field artists and co-presents The Interesting Alternative Show with Steve Davis, championing new experimental, avant-garde, far out, underground, electronic, pop, folk, psych, rock and classical music.
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Fat-Suit is a 14-piece, multi-genre music collective from Scotland with deep roots in Jazz, Funk and Soul. More than that, they effortlessly assimilate influences from Fusion, House, Brass-Rock and Scottish folk music to create a vibrant new musical musical vocabulary.
The Fat-Suit manifesto embraces a seamless mix of styles, but the top priority is to provoke maximum joy through exuberant performances and stunning recordings of original compositions.
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Glasgow-based three-piece band Paws bash out infectious, lo-fi, garage pop-rock that can quickly shift from cute melancholia to an unnerving territorial roar. Lyrical topics slide between sarcastic self-analysis and, onto more so than often, brutal home truths.
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Yama Warashi is Bristol-based Japanese artist Yoshino Shigihara’s solo project. She was a keyboardist of Zun Zun Egui ( Bella Union) and also plays synth for Rozi Plain (Lost Map records). Her music has a dreamy evocative sound with a shadow of moon cake, inspired by Japanese folk dance music, free jazz and African music with a slice of electric psychedelia. Accompanied by saxophone, guitar and bass, Yoshino plays keyboard, percussions and sings songs in her mother tongue about mycelium and nuclear power .
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Scalping are the Bristol outfit of James Rushforth, Alexander Hill, Isaac Jones and Jamie Thomas, armed with a battery of squelching synths, animalistic rhythms and gritty, piercing guitars. Scalping craft truly unique music, informed by Hill’s deep knowledge of idiosyncratic electronics, Jones’ tendency towards instrumental hooks, Rushforth’s Bristolian techno and Thomas’ doom metal influences. They formed in 2017 through a love of Bristol’s visionary off-the-wall dance music and full throttle noise and punk.
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Formed in an Edinburgh cafe, this fiddle and pipes driven band/dance band is described by some as "psychegaelic" and it has been said that the musicians' blood has been replaced with Red Bull and nitroglycerine! This is bound to be heart pumping stuff - and it's all traditional!
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Inspired by a mix of modern Pop and Disco, Chuchoter are a new Edinburgh act mixing deep-soul vocals, strong, self-assured lyrics and dirty jazz production to create a fresh sound with a club focus.
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With original evocative songs, Avocet explore folk over blues. Iona Zajac (vocals, clarsach), Sam Grassie (guitar), Herbie Loening (double-bass). Their music has received critical acclaim from Folk Radio UK and BBC Scotland.
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'Edgy female fronted alt pop'- Bugbear. Featuring former The Go! Team member Silke Steidinger. 'While Kaputt is primarily a punk band, elements of 80s new wave and krautrock are ever present. Their songs typically burst out of the gate with driving guitar/bass lines and oft-repeated lyrics, leaving their appreciation for American sonic gurus like Sonic Youth out in the open.' – Rough Trade.
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Seen as a Zelig-like character intertwined in the timeline of Manchester's musical tradition he has played a wide range of music over the years. Under disco lights and from behind his stacked array of instruments, Paddy provides chaotic abstraction and nonsensical expression, taking the listener on a brilliant adventure.
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Sister Sledge, the original female pop act that paved the way for so many of today's girl band megastars, performing all their classic hits including We Are Family, Lost In Music and Frankie.
Joni sadly passed away in March 2017, but Debbie and Kim announced they would carry on with pre arranged shows.
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With the legendary Lord of space rock Dave Brock at the helm, ex-Gong synthesiser player Tim Blake on keys and Theremin, Mr Dibs on bass, long serving drummer Richard Chadwick, and Niall Hone guitar, Hawkwind bring their unmissable and spectacular stage show featuring dancers, stilt walkers, psychedelic lighting and projections to the road.
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Instrumental in kick-starting the original punk rock scene, The Damned have never been afraid to push themselves musically and throughout their years together have cruised through whatever areas of progressive, psychedelic, goth and pop rock that take their fancy. Smash it up with the original gothic punks - back with original members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible.
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21st century MIDI Warriors. Their distinctive sound is a combination of hard ragga-jungle rhythms, indo-dub basslines, searing sitar-inspired guitars and 'traditional' sounds gleaned from their parents' record collections, shot through with fast-chat conscious lyrics.
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Blanck Mass is Benjamin John Power, a young musician in thrall to Carl Sagan and Ennio Morricone. The F**k Buttons musician has been making music under the moniker since 2010.
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Gwenno Saunders is a Welsh musician and dancer best known as a singer and keyboardist with The Pipettes, where she was known by the name Gwenno Pipette. She now performs as a solo artist.
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Niteworks are Ruairidh Graham, Allan MacDonald, Christopher Nicolson and Innes Strachan. Formed on the Isle of Skye, they fuse Gaelic language and traditional music with electronic influences to create a fresh and exhilarating sound.
Following their first EP ‘Niteworks : Obair Oidhche’ in 2011 the band were winners of the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ award at the 2012 Scottish Trad Awards. In 2015 the band released their highly anticipated debut album NW to acclaim from around the folk community.
The band’s unique sound comes into its own in the live arena with the last year alone having seen multiple sold-out shows in Glasgow and stage-closing performances at festivals across Scotland, leaving packed crowds pulsating into the night.
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Tiny Ruins is the project of Bristol-born, New Zealand-raised musician and songwriter Hollie Fullbrook.
It grew out of writing the music for fringe theatre productions whilst a student in Wellington, recording by four-track and playing at live music and poetry nights in 2007-2009. Samuel Prutton committed the first Tiny Ruins songs to record, in the form of rough demos.
Tiny Ruins’ live shows began to attract attention for soul-stirring, intimate performances and strange, hypnotic songs.
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Glasgow’s C Duncan, is the son of two classical musicians. Surrounded by music throughout his childhood, Christopher initially took up piano and viola. His teens led him to school bands, learning to play guitar, bass and drums, but did little to quell his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. He eventually enrolled in Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to study music composition, where his pieces were performed by various ensembles across the UK.
To hear C Duncan’s music now is to grasp those two common threads between his interests in classical and modern music. The pieces that made up his 2015 Mercury Music Prize nominated debut LP 'Architect' were formed from lush choral harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, textured like contemporary dreampop and all recorded at home in Glasgow on his bedroom studio setup, gradually built up one layer and one instrument at a time. His 2016 follow-up 'The Midnight Sun' continued in a similar vein but with progression.
The results of this methodical and isolationist recording process give us charming lo-fi folk with the harmonic width of choral composition, the sweetness of barbershop and the rough eloquence that has so readily soundtracked Glasgow over the past decades.
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