THE organiser of this weekend’s Ullapool Guitar Festival hopes young Feis Rois guitarists will be inspired by hearing students from America’s Berklee college and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Richard Lindsay said: "We have a fantastic award-winning film called Harlem Street Singer made by Woody Mann about his guitar teacher the Rev Gary Davis. And Woody is bringing three of his pupils from the Berklee College of Music in Boston – all amazing musicians, certainly names for the future.
"On Sunday afternoon we have Professor Allan Neave with some of his students and former students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
"So we hope that seeing these amazing young guitarists might inspire the Feis Rois youngsters on to greater things."
Richard also revealed some other special names joining regular musician friends of the festival such as Hugh Burns, John Goldie and Clive Carroll.
"We also have Lulo Reinhardt (grand nephew of Django), John Jorgenson with Alan Thomson (who played with John Martyn) and the Webb Sisters – who toured with Leonard Cohen for numerous years – also Carl Verheyen with his band (formerly in Supertramp).
"Duo Wingin’ It have appeared at the festival on previous occasions, but this time will include a multi media aspect, with movie and stills photography."
Wingin’ It’s Adam Bulley revealed in an interview you can read online in the music section: "Richard says we have to play the set of our lives, so that adds an extra bit of pressure!"
Nashville-based singer songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer will make her Scottish debut at the festival.
She said: "I’m really excited to come to Scotland."
Her album Savannah Road was inspired by the musician Greg Allman.
Brigitte said: "Greg’s from Savannah, a city in Georgia – and at his book signing he said how much he pined for the South. It started me looking at images of the South.
"Eventually there was the album with a spooky, southern and romantic vibe!
"And I ended up opening Greg’s show for him back in my hometown."
Richard said: "Brigitte is also bringing amazing guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson – he played with Chet Atkins in the seven years up to Chet’s death. I’m really looking forward to their set on Saturday night."
Running from today (Friday) to Sunday, the festival’s full line-up and ticket details are at: www.facebook.com/Ullapool-Guitar-Festival and www.ullapoolguitarfestival.com Also see an interview with Wingin' It's Adam Bulley and our piece finding out more about Nashville-based singer songwriter BrigitteDeMeyer.