As part of the Nithraid this year, our Nithraid riverside village plays host to blueprint100’s curated acoustic music stage, a beautiful, nautically themed new stage and set created by the blueprint team and Emily Cooper with support from artist and maker John Kingston. Into the evening our Nithraid Nighttime events will take a more ambient approach, with live musical scores into the night.
Opening this years Nithraid is local based singer song-writer Stoney Broke. Stoney Broke has been busy promoting his energy packed debut “If It Ain’t Broke…” through gigs in North England and the centre belt.
Preceding our viking battle you can watch the amazing up and coming artist Kate Kyle. Kate has been a regular at Stove events including Brave New Words and also collaborated with the Tinderbox Orchestra in Edinburgh earlier this year playing one of her songs to an audience of 600+ people at The Tinderbox Album launch.
Following Kate Kyle you can watch another Brave New Words regular Colin James. Known for his witty banter and quirky presence keep an ear out for the unofficial Nithraid anthem “Boaty McBoat Face.”
Launching over the past year local guitar teacher David Bass started his under 18 acoustic afternoon – which takes place on the last Saturday of every month at the Stove – to offer a stage to young performers looking to get their foot in the door in the local music scene. We are delighted to announce that one of the performers playing this years Nithraid will be Taylor Nelson. Taylor recently played this years Youthbeatz event and is set to be one of the artists to watch in the future.
Our Nithraid Nighttime will feature performances from bassist and composer Stuart MacPherson, and jazz pianist and composer Fraser Clark. Stuart most recently worked with the Stove on his commissioned Flight piece last autumn and has been involved in numerous projects ranging from the highly acclaimed orchestration of Martyn Bennett’s ‘GRIT’ by Greg Lawson to his work with singer/songwriter Emma Gillespie (Emma’s Imagination). Fraser Clark’s EP From the Depths launched at the Stove at the end of 2016, and his work has been performed by a variety of professional musicians, including The Scottish Ensemble, organist Kevin Bowyer, cellist Robert Irvine and local Dumfries amateur choir, The Balliol Consort.