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Curator Rob Ellen is back off the road for the event

By Margaret Chrystall

THE Belladrum Festival Hootananny Potting Shed line-up for this year features talent from across the USA and Europe, alongside homegrown artists.

These include: Darren Piyzer & Pig Man; Hamish Roberts; God Guy Hank; The Libby Koch Band (ft Patterson Barrett); Patterson Barrett; Brian Kalinec; Cow Cow Boogie; Caledonia Cowboy Swing; Kinder Junction; The Lorelei; Fash Stewart & The Great & The Good; Vykyng (Matt Anderson); Michael Wadada's Sprout Head Uprising; Tersa Storch & Peter Lacis; Carrington MacDuffie; Ruth Purves Smith; Trident; Dougie Burns and The Cadillacs; The Potting Shed All Stars; Matt Morrow ; Edgar Road; Roberto Cassani;Jes Wayne (LA); Joe Hills Wake ; The Cowboy Way (New Mexico); Brigid Kalin (USA); The Lynsey Dolan Band; and The Federals.

The Moose Stage will as ever fill in between the bands, and will include impromptu sets and introduce artists including food and music activist “diva” Sophie Bondea.

Other acts appearing include: Darrell Poyser; Pig Man & the Elastic Band; Mark Forbes & Ben Hesling; Wully Smith; Andy Duncan; Keilan Ross; Emma Mitchell; Calum Jones; Mal MacWatt; Isaac Sutherland; Joost; Jess Wayne; The Chancers; Patterson Barnett; and The Slim Panatellas.

Potting shed curator Rob Ellen said: “We are delighted to be back home at Belladrum after visiting and working on so many festivals across Europe and Stateside.”

Rob lives and works on the road in two internet TV ready RV/Campervans supporting and broadcasting from community venues House Concerts and Festivals, this year he is joined by The Merican Moose Mother Ruth Purves Smith on her first trip to Europe.

The Potting Shed thanks Ruth and all the artists from all around the world as well as all around the Highlands who have again consented to play the stage.

Rob said: “It has become a real family fold of friends, a meeting point in the Highlands for international, independently-minded musicians.

“The unique atmosphere of The Potting Shed stage has organically grown out of this fellowship of music from across the planet.”

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