The Real Merlin

‘Myrddin’ was poet to a Welsh king. In 573, at a battle near Carlisle, the king was killed and Myrddin went mad. In his madness, he acquired the gift of prophesy and lived as a wild man in the Galloway Forest, talking to the birds and the beasts, his apple tree and his little pig. In the twelfth century this character was recast as Merlin, King Arthur’s wizard.

The Real Merlin Project is a Knockengorroch commission which builds on our 2018 Oran Bagraidh project to create new music inspired by the truth behind the myth – the character of ‘Myrddin’ in Welsh, ‘Lailoken’ in Scottish, and ‘Suibhne’ / Sweeney in Irish.

The project deepens links between established and progressive traditional artists in the four nations whilst revealing fascinating mythology about South West Scotland, where Knockengorroch Festival takes place.

Twm Morys

Maeve Mackinnon

Andy May

Gwyneth Glyn

Lorcán Mac Mathúna

The artists are Gwyneth Glyn and Twm Morys from Wales, Lorcán Mac Mathúna from Ireland, Maeve Mackinnon from Scotland and Andy May from Northumberland, England.

Our cross border project delves into myth and poetry to inspire new work, based around ‘Hen Ogled’ the ‘Old North’ (currently Galloway and N England) from which a large part of Welsh/British mythology comes.

The artists will collaborate online before performing the work live in their 4 respective countries, premiering at Knockengorroch Festival in our 25th Year.

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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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📣 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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🙌 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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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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