The village is alive with the sound of music

Uddingston was a hive of activity for the second annual Musicfest as the village enjoyed performances from an ecletic mixture of acts.

This year’s headliners included Scotland’s makar Liz Lochhead, Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin and folk legend Alastair McDonald, but they were far from alone during the week-long event.

Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin joins daughter Esther O'Connor and son-in-law Tim from the band Ashton Lane at the Two Chimneys

Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin joins daughter Esther O'Connor and son-in-law Tim from the band Ashton Lane at the Two Chimneys

All ages took part in various activities as the generations came together in music and friendship from the youngest, the nursery children of Muiredge Primary, to the oldest, organiser Lorna Cammock who is in her 80s, and all ages in between.

Also performing were the likes of Gaelic Mod gold medallist Joan Morrison, the homeless choir from Lodging Hour Mission, Kings Park Brass, and Truirinc Caitlin from Colonsay.

Plenty of local people also had a chance to take part, both on stage and at various songs of praise services.

Lorna said: “I am delighted that this is something I am still able to do and being the second year it was much easier to organise and a lot more successful.

“In total we had 13 events with two or three on every day and with having the experience of the first year behind us we had a better idea of what worked and what didn’t.

“As a result I feel we had even better quality acts and an even better chance for the whole vilage to come together through music and friendship.”

Lorna says starting prepartions earlier helped and they are already planning for next year.

She said: “Uddingston Pride and Bruce McDowall insisted we began in September, which gave us more breathing room than starting in November as we did the first time.

“However, just days after finishing this year’s festival we are already making plans for next year.

“I think there was far more awareness this year of Musicfest and I hope it becomes something the whole community looks forward to and will get to a stage where it almost organises itself.

“However, it remains a group effort and personally I still have an important role to play in meeting people face to face and persuading them to perform.

“Some might say I eyeball them, but you have to rely on the gifts you’ve been given.

“Our next stage is to become more active on social media before next year as I’m told that is the future.

“But for now I just want to thank everyone who helped with the organising, hosting an event, performing and came along - I hope they all had a great time, I know I did.”

Times & Speaker photographer Alan Watson was out and about during Musicfest and dropped in on some of the events, for more pictures see February 26 edition of Times & Speaker..