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  • HAC 15th September 2018

    Louise Connell

    NEW DATE!

    Louise Connell is a singer-songwriter from Airdrie, near Glasgow. Previously performing and releasing her music under the name REVERIEME, she has earned a considerable reputation as an outstanding songwriter, with a particular knack for framing intelligent, literate lyrics in haunting and beautiful melodies, delivered by “a voice that would melt iron” (Ravechild)


    Her first studio album, Straw Woman (2016), was released to consistent critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive reviews, and was the featured album of the week on several BBC Radio Scotland programmes as well as receiving general airplay on Radio 2, Radio 6 (Lauren Laverne’s “Headphone Moment”), Radio 4, Virgin Radio and Amazing Radio.


    Recently, her work has come to the attention of legendary artist and designer James Marsh. Famous for his wonderful illustrations for records by Talk Talk, Jamiroquai and many others, James drew inspiration from Louise’s newest songs to create a series of beautiful designs for her forthcoming releases, which will be the first records released under her own name Louise Connell.
    These will be a series of three 6-track EPs, each of which will reflect a slightly differ
    ent aspect of Louise’s writing and performance. The first EP, Squall will be released on October 20th, with parts 2 and 3 (Echo and Rale) following in March and May 2018 respectively.


    Having performed at various festivals during the summer, both solo and with her band (Belladrum, Solas Festival, XpoNorth, Butefest, Jocktoberfest, Parkfest, North Hop etc) as well as a number of live appearances across the UK, Germany and Sweden, Louise and her band recently filmed a very well-received live set for BBC’s The Quay Sessions.
    Inspired by the myriad books, films and records she has devoured throughout her life, Louise Connell creates captivating, haunting songs that offer an intriguing glimpse of an inquisitive mind and a unique view of the world around her, and writes with a depth and intelligence that very few can match.

    NEW DATE! Louise Connell is ...
  • HAC 7th October 2018

    Jon Boden

    Jon Boden, best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead launched his solo career in 2016.

    Presenting the self-penned songs from the albums Painted Lady and Songs From The Floodplain and latest album Afterglow alonside material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden and his A Folk Song A Day project, his critically acclaimed and enthusiastically received solo shows have created yet another chapter in his history as one of the foremost names in English folk music.

    That's the official blurb.

    Freckfest say this'll be a cracker!

     

    Tickets available here.

    Jon Boden, best known ...
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway 19th October 2018

    Rab Noakes & Jill Jackson

    Rab Noakes is a force to be reckoned with in the world of music in Scotland and beyond. Joining forces with lifelong friend and acclaimed Americana singer songwriter Jill Jackson, they will travel together across the UK, creating an undeniable evening of enchanting, stripped back and captivating music. Their performance is consistently brilliant, and is equally emotive and entertaining.

    Although a generation apart, they have worked and sung together for over 20 years. Expect a rich collection of songs, self-penned alongside innovative interpretations. Each of them is an enthusiastic collaborator as well as an accomplished soloist.

    The combination of their voices, their wit and their obvious and infectious love of singing, make a sparkling combination with a great sound. They demonstrate the value of how different experiences can make a whole that’s more than the sum of the parts.

     

    Set in the unique environs of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, this should not be missed.

    Tickets available via seetickets

     

     

    Rab Noakes is a ...
  • HAC 10th November 2018

    James Grant

    James Grant returns to a venue that is fast-becoming one of his favourites.

    Loose and languid, with a self-deprecating humour......and a back catalogue of killer songs. This is James' 3rd time at the HAC and it's shaping up to be his best one yet.

     

    Tickets on sale soon.

    James Grant returns to ...

Dead Hope - Pigs

  • How to Support

    Freckfest is run by a group of dedicated music enthusiasts who aim to bring back a thriving music scene to ...
  • Tickets

    Freckfest tickets can be purchased at the Harbour Arts Centre box office in Irvine or through the Ticketweb website.

Made in Irvine. For Ayrshire.

Freckfest is a charitable organisation, voluntarily run by a small group of music enthusiasts. Named in honour of Willie Freckleton (browse these pages to find out all about him) our main aim is to revive a flagging local music scene.

Whether it's one of our monthly Freckfest Fridays in the intimate settings of the Harbour Arts Centre, a raucous night of ska in Troon Concert Hall or a big gig with a superstar name at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, we aim to put on something for everyone. You really should get along to one of our gigs...

To join our mailing list, please send your details to freckfest@gmail.com and we'll make sure you're kept up to date with all of Freckfest's goings on.

Freckfest is a registered Scottish charity: SC044712