Musicfest back for 3rd year

Lorna Cammock and John McGowan entertain residents at Foxley House.
Lorna Cammock and John McGowan entertain residents at Foxley House.

The third annual Musicfest returns to Uddingston next month and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

For the first time the festival has been extended to eight days, running from Friday, February 13, to Friday, February 20.

Events take place at venues throughout the village and performers this years include Shine Youth Music Theatre, Nigel Gatherer and Friends, The Dukes of Uke and Primrose Flute Orchestra.

Musicfest founder Lorna Cammock said: “This year’s line-up is quickly coming together and we are hoping it will be bigger and better than ever before.

“The committee are still finalising evenything, but we have some brilliant talent lined up and people who live in the village and come from further afield are in for a real treat.

“Musicfest is all about the pleasure of music making and sharing and we are delighted to now be in our third year, events are not ticketed so everyone is welcome to check out whatever takes their fancy, and as ever we have a very eclectic mix of performers and styles.”

Musicfest isn’t just about music as demonstrated by plans for a ceilidh on Wednesday, February 18.

Lorna said: Originally, a ceilidh was a social gathering of any sort, and did not necessarily involve dancing.

“Stories and tales, poems and ballads, are recited, and songs are sung, and that’s what we have in mind.”

Lorna is always looking for new ideas to complement regular favourites like songs of praises and tea dances.

For those who enjoy dancing, but like to escape the music, a silent disco is being planned for Crofthead Park.

Lorna said: “I didn’t know what a silent disco was until it was explained to me, but it seemed like a great idea.

“Basically the dancers wear headphones to hear the music, but then if they want to stop and have a chat or whatever then they can take them off.

“That way there is no roaroing to be heard over the music and we hope it proves popular.”

Musicfest’s extended run this year will allow it to incorporate Uddingston’s Got Talent which Uddingston Pride are hosting on February 20.

Lorna said: “We wanted the show to be part of Musicfest, but the opening Friday was booked up.

“Uddingston Pride wanted it be on a Friday so we were happy to extend to the following Friday and run eight days.”

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Highlights announced so far include:

Shine Youth Music Theatre at Park Church on Friday, February 13, at 7pm.

Nigel Gatherer’s Workshop at the Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, February 14, at 10am.

The Dukes of Uke at Uddingston Old Hall on Saturday, February 14, at 7pm.

Songs of Praise at Uddingston Old Hall on Sunday, February 15, at 8pm featuring choirs from Ebenezer Congregational Church in Airdrie and St John the Baptist Church, Uddingston, as well as ‘signer’ Beverly Dennis.

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes at St John the Baptist Church on Monday, February 16, at 7pm.

Venues and times for plenty more such as Uddingston Grammar Senior Girls Ensemble, Dance in the Park, Dust Down Your Instruments, Uddingston’s Got Talent Tea Dance, Come to the Ceilidh, Summerlee Bflat Miner and We Love Music will be confirmed in the near future.