The Longhouse, Knockengorroch’s Gem

There are many unique areas of Knockengorroch World Ceilidh to be discovered – from saunas by the river to voodoo dance dens… By the medieval village at the quieter end of the site, the Langwhan (Longhouse) is one of the gems of Knockengorroch.

Begun in 2005 the Langwhan has slowly progressed, with the help of dedicated volunteers and craftspeople, to an almost fully completed recreation of an Iron Age dwelling such as people in the valley may have actually lived. Simon Holmes, Knockengorroch resident for 40 years, has spent much time researching how such a building such as this would have looked and been built, and traditional building methods and materials have been used wherever possible.

The atmosphere in the Longhouse cannot be re-created. Top musicians from all genres gather and play solo or form new collaborations with others they may have only just met. Storytelling and singing foster an ambience of times long past. Audiences become participants in this journey to another place in time.

Once again we are proud to present a fantastic line up in the Longhouse. We will be opening on Thursday evening with the first performance starting at 9pm which will be from the Watch Thieves – hailing from Edinburgh this trio perform ‘traditional folk but with political and modern twists, both lyrically and musically. Sort of indescribable and awe-inspiring.’ This will be followed by a set from the indescribably brilliant SiNK – it’s been several years since they last graced our humble stage with their infectious brew of semi-improvised, acoustic, labyrinthal musical outbursts.

As per usual the ‘stage’ will be given over to 40 minute performances from Noon till 7pm Friday to Sunday, with the evenings devoted to ‘Sessions’ led by different guest performers on each night…

On Friday night we are very lucky to have Cera Impala & The New Prohibition who will be playing a set of tunes and then leading us into Session alongside the dynamic fiddling of Mr. Dirk Ronnenburg. Be sure to catch their set on the Open Air Stage.

Also in session, on both Friday and Saturday we will have Toby Mottershead (Black Diamond Express) who has become a very welcome fixture of the Longhouse over the past few years.

After last years heroic opening which set the tone for the rest of the festival we are happy to welcome back AWRY for the Saturday night Session – heart racing, foot stomping tunes from this quartet on guitar, pipes fiddle and percussion.

Sunday night is usually a quieter affair – we are honoured to welcome Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith to our Session with their fine folksongs featuring close vocal harmonies backed by enchanting instrumentation on guitar and banjo. This duo from Bristol will also be performing in the Longhouse earlier in the day.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am till 1pm there will be the ever popular singing workshops led by Chandra Mather. The Longhouse schedule will not be found in the program so be sure to check the board outside the front door for details.

If you have tunes to share or songs to sing please come and join our late night sessions – looking forward to seeing you all there in the quiet light of the Langwhan.

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