Festival takes place from 18th to 20th September
all FREE except main Saturday Night Gig which is still just £5.00 on the door!
Programme for details
McAllister & Ian 'Stretch' McFadden
New Jolly Beggars
Sinclair and Lauren Prentice
more TBA -
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In honour of the 'Homecoming Scotland' celebrations of the 250th Anniversary of
the birth of our national bard, Robert Burns, we would welcome your submissions
of poetry - we will publish the best here, like this example from Our good
friend Donny Graham.
LAST SUPPER (1992)
(An Address to My Burns Night 'Drouthie Croanies', in
Milngavie and the Blane Valley)
wha dae the Burns circuit
wha hae the haggis dirk'it
wham ne'er a dram hae shirk'it
in his name
us birl jist yin last bucket
wha say the Selkirk grace
wha stuff their ain wee face
wha lose the bluidy place
ba’ an' babble
ye'll sink wioot a trace
wha's great 'Immortal Memories'
oor Bard an' damn his enemies
Scotch drink has made sic men o' ye's
will heed ye
wad daur tae tak a len o' ye's
wad need tae.
Scots wha stagger tae their feet
Scots wha toast the lassies sweet
Scots bung fu' o' whisky neat
Sune sall a' yer passes meet
Scots wha choke upon the chanter
Scots wha murder 'Tam O' Shanter'
How ye'll greet when yon auld ranter
sings "Pint O' Wine"
Thain sooks the dregs oot your decanter
for Auld Lang Syne.
Scots wha lurch oot howffs an' ha's
Scots wha bounce aff concrete wa's
Scots wha prove a' Newton's laws
wi’ their momentum
A trow, if Rabbie never was,
Scots wad invent him!
Copyright 'Poetry Pairtly
Scots' Donald Munro Graham
Our thanks again to Donny Graham
for the following poem - Donny wrote to say "The
idea for the attached poem came to me while sitting in the beer garden of the
Victoria Hotel and looking across to the castle where my tent was pitched for
the duration of the 2006 music festival"
THE PHANTOM O' THE FESTIVAL
(A Tale from the Tarbert Music Festival 2006)
Ae day A went
tae pitch ma tent
i the gruns o' Tarbert Castle
But first A'd asked the Tourist Board
Wha said t'wad be nae hassle.
But ne'er again
dae A intend
On sic an expedition
For t'was nae lark, when efter dark
A saw this apparition.
It dreeped doon
frae the castle wa'
A' glowin' green an' slimy
Thain made its way doon tae the bay
An' breenged intae the briny.
Next day, A
never cracked a licht
Aboot it, for ma thinkin'
Was if A had, they'd cry me mad
Or ask whit A'd been drinkin'.
Well as for me,
A wish tae see
Nae mair phantasmagoria
Sae come next year, A'll stick tae beer
An' stey - at the Victoria!
Copyright 'Poetry Pairtly Scots'
Donald Munro Graham
reproduced by permission
2008 Line up included
Face the West
The New Jolly Beggars
The Anvil Divers
The Wild Sarachs
The Den Collective
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Thanks to our sponsors, Tarbert is still mainly a free festival
- there is a small admission fee for the main gig in the Marquee on Saturday
Night (the only gig we charge for - no tickets needed - pay at the door)
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