Knockengorroch Podcast

In 2020 and 2021 Knockengorroch was a quieter place than usual, with our May festivals being cancelled due to the pandemic. It gave us a chance to reflect and plan as well as rest the land. Instead of a festival we released a double compilation album Sounds Like Knockengorroch and Katch Holmes brought a selection of interviews, music and chat with artists and regular characters about the festival, remembering the good times and looking forward to more to come in this exclusive podcast!

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In memory of Soma ft Doug Paine from Mungos

Katch speaks to Doug Paine of Mungos Hi Fi Sound System about the early Knockengorroch days, Sound System culture, departed friends and fascination with cultures past. Featuring: Go Lassie Go by Mungos Hi … LISTEN NOW

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A New World feat Simon Emmerson from Afro Celt Sound System

Second in our artist series, Katch chats to Simon from the Afro Celt Sound System about ‘world’ music, democratising the music industry and positives of the virtual world. Music featured Go Lassie Go … LISTEN NOW

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Ceilidhs and conga lines

Katch chats to Morag Brown, front woman of the progressive traditional band Awry.  Now firm festival favourites, Awry deliver the infamous, large and rambunctious Knockengorroch Sunday ceilidh.

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In this episode Katch talks to festival founders and Knockengorroch residents Liz and Simon Holmes about why they started Knockengorroch Festival – a tale of social idealism, musical discovery and connection to land and heritage. She also chats to Jonny Hardie of Old Blind Dogs and Nick Jenkins of Outland Trio who share their memories of the very first festival in 1998.

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Knockengorroch Festival trailer

Knockengorroch festival is a much loved event in South West Scotland featuring trad and dance music from across the world. This trailer is an introduction to the Knockengorroch podcast episodes – coming soon!


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We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Benjamin Zephaniah at the age of 65. One of the greatest poets of our time and a resolute campaigner against political injustice, he was a true pioneer and innovator.In 2019 he performed at Knockengorroch Festival with his band The Revolutionary Minds, where he wowed the crowd with his dub-reggae juggernauts strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he called 'street politics’. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this time. 📷 Douglas Robertson ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

📣 2024 FIRST LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT! 📣Here we go! We are proud to present the first amazing artists from near and far who will be playing at Knockengorroch Festival 2024…A.Skillz | Banco de Gaia | Bombskare | The Breath | DJ Rap | Ewan Macintyre Band | Frankie Archer Music | Jemima Thewes & LANES | John Fairhurst | Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening | Mairi Campbell | Malin makes Music | M a r a n t a | Mungo's Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus | N’famady Kouyaté | Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet | Queen Omega | Yoko Pwno | 808 State…all this and many many more acts, including our dance tent line-ups, to be announced in the new year! Find out more and listen to all of these artists 👉 us in the hills from 23 – 26 May 2024… we can’t wait to see you all! 😍 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

🙌 SUPPORT US OR ANOTHER IMPORTANT CAUSE THIS FRIDAY! 🙌 Did you know that Knockengorroch is a community interest company? We exist to support upland regeneration and community benefit. Buy a Knockengorroch Festival 2024 ticket Fri 24 to Sun 26 November and, as a thank you, we will give you a free gift! 🎁 Choose from⭐️ 3% of the value of your total booking towards a gift voucher for Hadeel Fairtrade Palestinian Crafts⭐️ One item of Knockengorroch merchandise up to £15 To receive your gift, buy your ticket on our website between 24-26 November and email your choice to Collect at the info point during the festival (can be sent out before then if you need it for Christmas!) 😎 Thank you! 👉 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Fo'k o' the airts 'll a' be thereMakars an’ music-men tae spareSingers an’ dauncers everywhereAn' ane or twa tae play the fi'le (Adam Dahmer ‘Bonnie Cnoch nan Corrach’) ⚡️ FIRST LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT COMING! 🔜⚡️ 🔔 Get ready… ... See MoreSee Less
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