Sounds in the Grounds - A Great Success!

31 May 2011

Sounds in the Grounds - A Great Success!

DotJR - Photograph by Gillies Mackenzie

There was a great atmosphere at the picturesque Castle Grounds, Stornoway on Friday the 20th of May as Sounds in the Grounds reached new heights in its fifth year! This event is only possible with a massive amount of volunteer effort so a huge well done goes to the Western Isles Nu-Music Trust for making this year's event another total success. Sounds in the Grounds dedicated their whole Friday evening of performances to Scotland 's Islands which was very proud to support this event. The Scotland's Islands evening gave the opportunity to a wide range of Scotland's island's performers to perform and network in this area, also opening doors for musicians from the Outer Hebrides to perform elsewhere in future. This event is also an excellent platform for new performers to get a chance to perform in public, sometimes for the first time, and can help launch their careers. Combining this with some well-established and signed artists and you have the making of a very exciting event.

Despite the weather not being up to much the performers certainly were, with a vast array of musical styles and influences to entertain, there was something for everyone to enjoy in the two marquees. The Outer Hebrides own, 'The Benbecula Boys' started the evening with a great range of folk tunes, bag pipes included, and got everyone tapping their feet and wanting to hear more. The attention then smoothly passed to the larger marquee where the Isle of Harris band,'A Promise to No One' revved the evening up with some hard rock attitude that got some dedicated followers dancing down the front! Representing Uist was Mata MacDonald, a star attraction in the acoustic marquee - he performed for the first time publicly here a year ago and continues to grow and develop as an artist, bringing his life experiences to the stage with some mesmerising tunes. With the crowd ready to get rocking again, the Isle of Harris based, 'Her Voice Resides' really set the stage alight with more hard rock and some great guitar work as the crowd really got into the swing of things. The pace then took a slightly more gentle turn as hailing from the Isle of Skye, 'Dead Man's Waltz' shared their great take on folk music as the crowd tapped their feet and swayed along to the tunes once again. A chance for the crowd to stretch their legs again saw a move back to the main stage where the Isle of Mull's, 'Colin Macintyre' grabbed the crowd's attention with a great blend of upbeat rock and slower ballads, leaving everyone keen for the evening to keep on going! With a chance to get a drink and something to eat throughout the evening, the crowd then enjoyed the softer approach of Amber Wilson all the way from Orkney. Amber captivated the audience's attention and planted herself permanently in the hearts of all who heard her, leaving the door wide open for her to return again. The headline and final act of the evening, who has recently been signed to Polydor Records, is the Isle of Lewis's very own, DotJR. His stage presence blew the crowd away and was the perfect evening to an amazing festival night. Everyone left wanting to hear more and looking forward to the next day's performances and the next year's ever strengthening, SOUNDS IN THE GROUNDS!


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