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DUNOON MOD2018 LAUNCH WEEKLY 3 NUMBER LOTTO-WITH £500 JACKPOT

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You have heard it mentioned here on Dunoon Community Radio that as part of the fundraising initiative for the 2018 Royal National besides the Hill Foot Mod Shop, there are to be Ceilidhs, musical events and a weekly Cash prize draw.

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The Mod Shop is now open in Dunoon’s Hillfoot Street, be it the refurbishment is still work in progress. A Ceilidh with Scotland’s premier Ceilidh Band Gunner Sound is to take place this Saturday at the Strachur Memorial Hall and there are more musical events in the planning.

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It has been announced by the Mod Lotto Promoter, Dcr’s West Coast Ceilidh Ian Wilson that tickets for the Weekly 3 Number Draw  are now being distributed to retail and other outlets and are now on sale ……..

The first draw will take place on Thursday 25th May and then subsequently weekly each Thursday night. The draw will take place live on “air” broadcast on Dunoon Community Radio in a special Lotto programme to start 5.00PM which will feature special guest

RAISING FUNDS FOR MEDICAL AID TO SYRIA

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 Last night Norman and Jenny Wright came into the John Street Broadcasting Studio to tell listeners why they have quickly organised a Fashion Show to raise urgently needed funds for this worthy cause
As Jenny says, “they desperately want to help and the best way they could was to use the expertise and resource’s that she and Norman have in their professional life then ask customers to contribute by becoming models, then ask Dunoon Community Radio to use their expertise and the talents of its presenters and together orgainise an entertaining evening for the local community that will also raise funds for this very worthy cause   

“In a world where there is so much luxury amid so much suffering, those of us who have, need to share with those who don’t.  There is so much suffering, and the needs are so great, yet every one of us can do something to make a difference.

This is our world, and our global community.  We all share the responsibility for looking after our brothers and sisters in need.” SAMARA LEVY

 

ROBERT CRAW’S SHOWTUNES SPECTACULAR SHORT STORY WINNER

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If you are a regular listener, you may know that we have been featuring the finalists of the Weegie Wednesday short story competition as part of Robert’s Showtunes programme. 

Thursday’s edition of Robert’s programme features the final story and this seasons winner, Robert in his programme review say’s  I am delighted to say that the winner Brian Cook with his story The Swan, is going to be played for the first timethis Thursday night 20th April after which, we have Peggy Mack, with an exclusive interview with Brian, followed by music relating to books and all things literary.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Brian and that you will enjoy this week’s show.

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BURGH HALL PLAYERS NOW OFFICIAL

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The group that was only formed last Autumn, with support and assistance from Ann Campbell and Jenny Hunter of the Burgh Hall Trust was formally made official tonight at the inaugural AGM which was attended by twenty or so folk ready to sign up to part of the Burgh Hall Players. A constitution was agreed and the main positions on the committee were proposed and seconded, an annual membership fee of £10 was agreed and it is hoped that more future members will join as the word spread at forthcoming meetings. Keep up to date by checking out the face book page https://www.facebook.com/Burgh-Hall-Players-275258849588805/ –and please feel free to Like and share the page

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RAISING FUNDS FOR MEDICAL AID TO SYRIA

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RECRUITING MORE PLAYERS AT THE BURGH HALL PLAYERS AGM WEDNESDAY 19th APRIL

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If you are amongst the many listeners who have been listening and enjoying the Weegie Wednesday stories that have been broadcast by the Hospital Broadcasting Service and included as part of Robert Craws Showtime Spectacular shows you may be very interested in this news from the local Burgh Hall Players

The group was only formed last Autumn, with support and assistance from Ann Campbell and Jenny Hunter of the Burgh Hall Trust.

The Players plan to rehearse in the Burgh Hall and then put on several plays there this year once the building re-opens.

On Wednesday 19th April the Burgh Hall Players will be holding their first Annual General Meeting. The business side of the event is to sign up members and to elect a committee of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The fun side will be a few surprise activities to encourage and develop the confidence of any budding thespians.

If you are interested in acting, directing, helping backstage or would like ? If so, come to the Burgh Hall’s Pop Up Shop in Argyll Street, Dunoon, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th April to register with the Burgh Hall Players.

The Burgh Hall Players will also be joining the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA), with a view to reviving a long tradition in Cowal of not just performing but also entering drama competitions.

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Are you interested in acting, directing or helping backstage? If so, come to the Burgh Hall’s Pop Up Shop in Argyll Street, Dunoon, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th April to register with the Burgh Hall Players.

BIG EASTER WABBIT WINNER MIA McGUINESS IN THE DCR97.4FM STUDIO

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BIG EASTER WABBIT WINNER MIA McGUINESS IN THE DCR97.4FM STUDIO AND THE OBSERVER SHOP (AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS) . Big thank you to Mia from Dhailling Park Kirn for bringing her new friend “Thumper” into the studio after her visit to the Observer Shop (At The Traffic Lights)

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MIA McGUINESS WINS BIG EASTER WABBIT

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MIA McGUINESS WHO WINS THE BIG EASTER WABBIT IN THE OBSERVER SHOP (AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS) EASTER DRAW.  Mia from Dhailling Park Kirn will be presented with the big Wabbit and will have her photograph taken at a special presentation Saturday between 12.00pm and 1pm at the Observer Shop

FAMILY EVENTS FOR EASTER WEEKEND

Amongst  local events Two Favourite Annual Easter Events are ready to entertain on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

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Easter Sunday and the Glenfinart Walled Garden managed by the Ardentinny Community Trust.

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Easter Monday is the know very popular Easter Eggstravaganza at the Glenbranter Forest

 

WILL YOUR NAME BE PICKED FOR THE BIG EASTER WABBIT

 

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IT’S VERY YELLOW IN THE OBSERVER SHOP AND THERE IS EVEN A BIG EASTER WABBIT, following on from the enormous success of the Christmas Teddy raffle drawn by Alex Pollock and won by Elizabeth Roy from Sandbank the OBSERVER SHOP(AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS )are to do it all again this time with a EASTER WABBIT. £10 spend entitles you to a ticket to enter the raffle with the Easter Wabbit as the prize. The winning ticket will be drawn Friday 14th April Live on “air” by…………….

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KATE REID IS BACK IN THE STUDIO WITH HER OWN PROGRAMME—EVERY THURSDAY 3.00PM – 5.00PM —

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Welcome back to Kate who after a couple of hours of getting use to the Studio again is raring to go. She has not said much about the actual programme and its content but rest assured it will be a healthy mix of folk, pop, rock and acoustic music and of course good craic

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Many listeners will remember Kate, the lead singer and main songwriter of the popular “The Midden” from when she presented her own weekly show “Homeward Bound” on CMR95FM and here on DCR97.4FM way back in the beginning, good craic, good music including  tracks from new artist plus the  ’Six Songwriters’ feature every week in the final hour of the show.  

The Midden are Kate, Meggan and Hazel Reid, three singer/songwriter sisters who grew up in Alford in the North East of Scotland. Multi-instrumentalists all three, means that guitar, violin, cello, whistles, bass, piano and sometimes even accordion provide the backdrop for 3 unique voices, interwoven into intricate vocal harmonies. Each sister writes her own songs and together the band has arranged many Scottish traditionals and folk songs. They also play tunes, mainly reels.

The Midden formed officially in 2001 at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and went on to win Best Newcomer at the Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2002. They turned down a record deal with a leading Scottish folk label in their first year, to go down the DIY route and have brought out 3 successful albums on their own small independent label, Midden Records.

They have played many European festivals including the Bardentreffen in Nuremberg every year since 2004, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (2002+2003), Het Schots Weekend (2005) and entertained the pipers at the Piping Championships held in Belgium (2004). They have supported many notable folk musicians like Carlos Núñez, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Fiddlers’ Bid, Blazin’ Fiddles, The Poozies and Old Blind Dogs and have shared a stage with Brolum, Cantrip and Back of the Moon. They played to a crowd of 25,000 people in George Square at Hogmanay 2004 supporting Snow Patrol and Donnie Munro of Runrig.

Over the last ten years The Midden have played countless folk clubs and festivals across Scotland. Most of their touring has been done in Germany so far, although they have also played in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, England and Wales.

They have released 4 studio albums to date with their fourth CD, In The End, being Aa firm favourite here on DCR97.4FM.

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WOW!!! HOW IMPRESSIVE IS THIS-

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WOW!!! HOW IMPRESSIVE IS THIS –DCR97.4FM will be broadcasting Live from the GITG and from the 18th April we will be featuring as many of the performers as we can each day with music and bio’s right up to the event! If you are appearing and want to talk to us please PM us on face book .

THE FINAL FULL LINE UP FOR GITG HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED

THE FINAL FULL LINE UP FOR GITG HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED & DCR97.4FM WILL BE PLAYING ALL THE BANDS RIGHT UP TO THE START OF THE EVENT—–Still time with a few tickets available but please don’t leave it to late –Now would be a good time to get them Here we go – Our full lineup for Gig in the Goil 2017! ????

Last few tickets remaining: https://goo.gl/efDP0y
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Skerryvore Tide Lines Trail West Heron Valley Clann An Drumma (OFFICIAL) Rollin Drones Be Charlotte Schnarff Schnarff 100 Fables Lewis Capaldi Gunna Sound Official Have Mercy Las Vegas Graham Brown Band The Hur James Stewart & AJ Macinnes (Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band) The Phantoms The Calm Fiasco Robbie Hutton James Edwyn and the Borrowed Band Calum Frame Tartan Sound Rhuvaal 5 Strings Carly Connor Billy Mitchell THE mINOR KINGS Feels Like Thursday Gary Burns The Barrels Stephanie Cheape The BackBeats Ayakara Volka Red Light District The Brambelles Vemödalen Mark Sharp Patrick Queen Music Mariyana Eilidh Park Ross Whelan Craig White Parallel Lights Neil Sturgeon Music & Megan Black & making sure it’s shared with the world DCR97.4FM

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LYNNE -SOLO IN THE STUDIO

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-HERE WE ARE AT THE START OF A NEW MONTH — IT’S LYNNE CARTER DTASTROL— And today Lynne is in the Studio By Herself  If you would like to contact Lynne and maybe ask a question the e-mail is lynne.horoscopes@btinternet.com

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CALLING ALL BUDDING THESPIANS (AN ACTORS LIFE FOR ME)

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If you are amongst the many listeners who have been listening and enjoying the Weegie Wednesday stories that have been broadcast by the Hospital Broadcasting Service and included as part of Robert Craws Showtime Spectacular shows you may be very interested in this news from the local Burgh Hall Players

The group was only formed last Autumn, with support and assistance from Ann Campbell and Jenny Hunter of the Burgh Hall Trust.

The Players plan to rehearse in the Burgh Hall and then put on several plays there this year once the building re-opens.

On Wednesday 19th April the Burgh Hall Players will be holding their first Annual General Meeting. The business side of the event is to sign up members and to elect a committee of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The fun side will be a few surprise activities to encourage and develop the confidence of any budding thespians.

If you are interested in acting, directing, helping backstage or would like ? If so, come to the Burgh Hall’s Pop Up Shop in Argyll Street, Dunoon, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th April to register with the Burgh Hall Players.

The Burgh Hall Players will also be joining the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA), with a view to reviving a long tradition in Cowal of not just performing but also entering drama competitions.

Are you interested in acting, directing or helping backstage? If so, come to the Burgh Hall’s Pop Up Shop in Argyll Street, Dunoon, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th April to register with the Burgh Hall Players.

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SCDA supports the development of Community Drama in Scotland. Over 400,000 attend amateur theatre performances from Shetland to the Borders, in venues that range from village halls, Scout Huts to ruined castles. For people in remote rural areas, it can be the only access to live theatre. 10,000 participate in these shows each year, learning skills of performance, marketing, health and safety, and even just enjoying the social life which our 250 clubs offer to older people, newly single, and childre nunder the age of 18. Our members range from age 5 to 81, and all our events are managed by our network of 400 volunteers in 28 grass roots local committees.

Many of Scotland’s top actors started out in SCDA clubs. Richard Wilson ( Greenock Players); Alan Cumming (Carnoustie Theatre Club) , to name just two.

They are committed to enabling the most disadvantaged groups to take part and are currently working with a Gujarati group to start a drama class and eventually to create their own play in English which reflects their culture.

 

 

THINKDUNOON- HOW DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF DUNOON TOWN CENTRE?

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Do you have a viewpoint regards Dunoon’s Town Centre.

Here is your invitation to events that will discuss, debate and design the future of the Dunoon City Centre.

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GUNNA SOUND CEILIDH TICKETS AVAILABLE

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The Dunoon National Mod 2018 are now selling tickets for the Gunna Sound Ceilidh fundraiser taking place on Saturday 29th April taking place at the Strachur Memorial Hall. Tickets are available from THE MOD SHOP in Hillfoot Street open Mon to Sat 10.00am – 4.00pm

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or McCLURES BAR.

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 Buses will leave from the Dunoon Hall at 8.00pm priced at £12 which includes bus fair and a light buffet . Those not requiring bus transport may purchase tickets at £8 which also includes the light buffet.

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Gunna Sound are Campbell Brown and Johnny Scoular who are one of the very best ceilidh acts in Scotland. Set to fill and thrill the dancefloor of the Strachur Memorial Hall. with a combination of Country and Western, Gaelic songs and Scottish Dances, plus Scottish and Irish classics

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COWAL HOSPICE TRUST ANNOUNCE SECOND STADIUM MAY FUNDAY

 

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Cowal Hospice Trust have announced  that for a second year there will be a May time Funday funraising event in the Donoon Stadium.

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The event  this year will take place on the 20th May starting just as the widely advertised Dunoon Triathlon draws to an end.

The Dunoon Presents Triathlon is a pool-based triathlon involving a 400m swim at Hunters Quay Holiday Village , 22km Road bike ride on the coastal road towards Innellan. completing  with a pleasant out and back 6km run.

It is hoped that competitors of the Dunoon Triathlon will join in as Funday teams from all over Cowal take part in sponsored walks many in Fancy Dress and many celebrating themes .

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The 97.4FM Dunoon Community Radio Roadshow will be giving a running commentary and introducing local talent including entertainers from Dunoon Grammar School, local bands and much , much more………… all to be announced

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Registration for teams is so easy so don’t leave it to late and it also helps the organizers in planning to make this years event an even more of a success than last year …………..

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ANOTHER COWAL HOSPICE FUNDRAISER TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR THE BIG ONE  ………

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AND TO START –IT’S GOING TO BE AN AWESOME YEAR 2017

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The Boutique festival located in the heart of Argyll is certainly creating a buzz especially with the announcement of the top line up of acts that will be performing.                                                                                                                                               This is the village’s second  music festival and the brainchild of local holiday park operator, Argyll Holidays who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.                                                                                                                                           The event takes place across various venues, with the Main Stage located at the Drimsynie House Hotel and the Goil Inn’s Village Stage playing host to local acts.

There is also a vast range of outdoor activities and entertainment over the weekend with a variety of local food and drink which Argyll has become famous for in recent years.

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Ross Coutts Digital Marketing Assistant at Argyll Holidays will be visiting the DCR97.4FM John Street Broadcasting Studio on Thursday to tell listeners about the event and how they have managed to get so many of Scotland’s top bands many originating from Argyll including several getting ready to launch Albums which means spectators may be hearing original material for the first time.

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The 2017 lineup features many artist well known around these parts and include Internationally renowned Skerryvore a festival in themselves.

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The awesome Trail West Recently crowned “Scottish Dance Band of the Year” at the ScotsTradMusicAwards, the group from Tiree & South Uist are always known to fill a dancefloor with their trademark West Coast sound as heard frequently here on DCRs West Coast Ceilidh with Ian Wilson.

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Robert Robertson and Ross Wilson need no introduction and with their new band Tide Lines already chart toppers we all know what to expect.

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And Fast becoming the “must see act” of any event the very local and very talented Heron Valley –see history in the making .

Here is the official announced line up we will be featuring many of the artist here on Dunoon Community Radio and will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news and of course All the Gossip.

Listen out to hear what your favourite presenters are saying and playing

Skerryvore will be headlining the  Gig in the Goil 2017. Formed in Tiree, the Scottish Celtic Rock group pull large crowds across the world, and were recently crowned “Live Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards – we can’t wait to welcome them to Lochgoilhead as one of our headliners.

Fronted by award-winning former Skipinnish singer Robert RobertsonTide Lines are a four piece band driven by acoustic and electric guitars, but heavily influenced by traditional music. Their first single, “Far Side of the World”, entered the UK download charts ahead of Coldplay and Beyoncé, and the group are known for their incredible live performances – they will grace our main stage as Saturday night’s headliners.

Recently crowned “Scottish Dance Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, Trail West also join this year’s Gig in the Goil line-up.  The group from Tiree & South Uist are always known to fill a dancefloor with their trademark West Coast sound, and we look forward to some great tunes & craic from the guys as they make their mark on Lochgoilhead!

Joining them will be Heron Valley. The young trad act from Strachur are bursting with energy and were one of the most requested bands to come back to Lochgoilhead after their performance at last year’s festival – they’ll perform two sets over the weekend.

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Clann an Drumma are famous for bringing Scottish tribal music to worldwide audiences, and went down a storm at GITG 2016, both with their main stage performance, and their impromptu Fireside set – they’ll return to play the Sunday evening.

Dubbed the “most exciting bagpipe pop band on the scene” the mini Rollin Drones graced the stage at The Wee G with their high energy set – and will return in May with their full 7-piece band, as the last date on their European tour.

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Joining the Tiree contingent on the line-up are the fantasticDCR97.4FM Favourites  Gunna Sound. Led by Campbell Brown & Johnny Scoular, the duo are one of the very best ceilidh acts in Scotland. They are set to fill the GITG dancefloor with a combination of Pipe Music, Country and Western, Gaelic songs and Scottish Dances, plus Scottish and Irish classics.

Described as “an ideal festival band with stacks of energy” Have Mercy Las Vegas have gone from strength to strength. Their rowdy and eclectic mix of folk and blues, with a Celtic flair has earned them rave reviews of their studio material. However it’s the live performances that make HMLV stand out, where they can fully show off their range of original songs, from the foot stomping hoe downs, to the harmonious laments.

Hailing from Dundee, The Graham Brown Band is a Scottish rock/pop band with a very unique sound. Comprised of seven top musicians with experience of playing across Europe, their latest EP “The Lion’s Roar” was released in January to critical acclaim, with the bagpipe-infused Celtic Rock band creating an essential party atmosphere wherever they go. The group are bursting with pride and energy, and can’t wait to get the crowds dancing at Gig in the Goil.

The country’s finest Paolo Nutini tribute act - Paolo Notini will also perform at this year’s event. With his vocals, mannerisms and stage presence down to a fine art, this is the only authentic tribute who plays LIVE guitar to Paolo’s biggest hits. Expect to hear all of Paolo’s early right up to his latest chart material.

The Brambles

We’re also delighted to welcome the best in local talent to our Festival this year. The Brambelles – from just over the hills in Strachur – offer a stunning blend of two-part harmonies across a wide range of genres, providing the perfect soundtrack to your Sunday afternoon. Rhuvaal - from Campbeltown – and Turas from Oban, are two young traditional acts set for big things and know how to fill a dancefloor, while Inverary’s Holly Renton is an award-winning singer, set to charm the audience with her arrangements of popular songs.

Bar None Community Choir is Lochgilphead and Mid Argyll’s exciting community choir. Led by musical director Stephen Povey and accompanied by Struan Thorpe on guitar, the choir sing an eclectic range of popular songs by artists such as Skipinnish, Stereophonics, Bon Iver and Elbow – the perfect start to your Sunday afternoon.

The Hur

Also joining our Main Stage are one of the hottest new traditional bands The Hur, who have just released their fantastic debut single ‘Still Standing’, contemporary Livingston folk band 5 Strings, back by popular demand after their set at The Wee G, Greenock folk duo Tartan Sound, and young indie/trad act The Barrels.

Once again the Fireside Sessions returns to Gig in the Goil, featuring the best acoustic music in an intimate setting. Former Dead Sea Souls frontman Gary Burns brings his solo project to Lochgoilhead, with big harmonies and singalongs, along with Stirling Singer-Songwriter Robbie Hutton. The popular Mark Sharp - from Whitburn – also returns, alongside upcoming artists Mariyana, Harry Bircher & Ross Whelan, with many more to be announced. Expect plenty of singalongs!

There’s also something for the kids – We’re pleased to welcome the Talking Heads Puppet Show back to Lochgoilhead, as well as our very own Rusty & Rosie Go Nuts. But that’s not all – keep an eye out for more children’s entertainment in the coming months!

 

Check Out The Dunoon Community Radio Facebook for lot’s more information

https://www.facebook.com/dcr97.4fm/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

and more information of the line up

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DUNOON COMMUNITY COUNCIL NOTICE

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THE STRUAN LODGE DEVELOPMENT GROUP and DUNOON COMMUNITY COUNCIL invite everybody interested in health & social care in the Cowal area to a public meeting in—–

Dunoon Grammar School on Monday 6th March 2017 at 6.30 pm.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Struan Lodge Development Group to launch “A STRATEGY FOR INTEGRATED ADULT CARE” which sets out a vision for the Struan Lodge and Cowal Community Hospital sites for the short medium and long term. The document will be submitted to the Integrated Joint Board of Argyll & Bute Health & Social Care Partnership as part of the Information and engagement process regarding Struan Lodge.

This will have far reaching consequences for Cowal and we would welcome your attendance and support on

Monday 6th March 2017 at 6.30pm in DUNOON GRAMMAR SCHOOL.