Killin Music Festival enters its fifth year in 2020, with another cracking main stage line-up, supported by a refreshed array of fringe events which celebrate Killin’s traditional music pedigree. The festival runs 19-21 June, and tickets are available now.

Multi award-winning Mànran will headline Friday night, famous for their modern adaptations of traditional Gaelic songs and now featuring Kim Carnie on vocals. Saturday is highlighted by those Scottish celtic rock giants from Tiree, Skerryvore, and Sunday evening’s seated concert will feature the iconic Scottish singer Karen Matheson of Capercaille.

Highland music champions Dàimh will also be performing on Friday with their unique blend of mouth music and vibrant tunes. Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019, Benedict Morris will front his new band Arkus, and Man of the Minch, who won the coveted Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Trad Music Awards 2019, will round off the evening’s line-up.  

Saturday’s lineup includes vibrant Orcadian fiddle band Fara, and singer-songwriter Amy Papiransky who twines stunning vocals with entertaining anecdotes in her native Doric. Killin Music Festival continues to promote young, fresh talent with Ali Levack, Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020, who is set to perform on Saturday with Project Smok.  

Karen Matheson will be joined on Sunday by upbeat folk six-piece Heisk, who mix traditional fiddle music with electro harp and keyboards. Showcasing young talent again, local heroes The No Marcs will kick off the Sunday concert playing to their home crowd.

A brand-new competition will be running as part of the festival fringe this year to award the new Col Charles Stewart Quaich. This competition is inspired by Killin’s exceptional heritage in traditional Scottish music, in particular, Stewart’s ‘The Killin Collection’.

Col Charles Stewart (1823-1894) was a prominent figure in Killin and Perthshire, and helped to preserve and promote local history, folklore and music. Among his many achievements Stewart was Chief of the Perth Gaelic Society, Director of the Killin Railway, head of Killin Gaelic Choir and was a respected historian and translator of old manuscripts. Born in Glen Lyon, Stewart spent the greater part of his life in Killin at Tigh’n Duin (the now demolished youth hostel). His legacy ‘The Killin Collection’ comprises songs and tunes of the local area from the 18th century.

Killin Music Festival is proud to honour Col Stewart’s work and legacy by introducing this annual award. The competition will be open to all ages, and accepts any performance of music, poetry or stories, which celebrate the local area of Killin and Perthshire.