Community spirit

Alastair with members of Uddingston Pride and Musicfest organiser Lorna Cammock during his visit to the village last year
Alastair with members of Uddingston Pride and Musicfest organiser Lorna Cammock during his visit to the village last year
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Folk singer Alastair McDonald says without community we have nothing as he prepares to return to Musicfest in Uddingston.

Alastair performs at the closing concert in Park Church on Wednesday, February 19, at 7.30pm.

After being the headline act of last year’s festival he can’t wait to return.

He said: “I had a very good time in Uddingston last year, as I always do when I’m on stage.

“I have been cruising with the National Trust over the past year performing in the likes of France, Spain and Poland to promote Scotland and it’s impact on the world.

“However, there is nothing like being back home in front of a Scottish audience, they certainly keep you on your toes.”

Alastair had no hesitation to continue his association with Musicfest and praised organiser Lorna Cammock for her hard work.

He said: “I am continually amazed with the amount of work people put in to bringing their communities together through events like this.

“We keep being told that we all live such anonymous lives nowadays, stuck in our own little boxes with no community spirit, if that were true we may as may just give up now, but happily the likes of Musicfest proves the opposite to be the case.

“It’s dead easy for someone like me to come along and strap on a guitar and play a few tunes, but Lorna has my utmost admiration for pulling everything and everyone together.

“I know this has been her baby since day one and after a very successful first year, 2014 looks like being even bigger and better and she should be very proud.”

For a list of all the events taking place at this year’s Musicfest, including appearances by Scotland’s Makar Liz Lochhead and Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin visit www,watsondownie.com/uddingstonmusicfest.