Galley Gig Fest

  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn
  • Gig Fest at The Galley of Lorne Inn

The Galley of Lorne Inn is now into its tenth year of music festivals, the last eight of which have been under the guise of ‘The Galley Gig Fest’. Each year in July and August we hold Ardfern’s equivalent to Belladrum and T in the Park, but unfortunately without the same size crowds. Nonetheless, The Galley Gig Fest is right on the map as the place to be to see some of the best pub and club artists on the circuit in Scotland.

This year the festival runs from 15th July to 20th August with 12 gigs over 6 weekends every Friday and Saturday.

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Having had some amazing nights, there are far too many great nights of music to recount. However, there is one night that will always stick in our minds, the first time ‘The Mad Ferret Band’ came to town. Having became aware of them through a contact, I soon knew that this duo was a must have. Known to be one of the best acts on the circuits, they have also become well known for showcasing their unique brand of music via their ‘Cellar Sessions’, and the Galley of Lorne Inn was proud to be added to this tradition on their first visit to The Galley. 2:00am in the morning they were filming their cellar session. By the next afternoon it was live on Youtube. Have a look and see why music is such a special part of our year’s activities.

So why not come along and catch one of the bands / artists between 9:00pm and 1:00am on 15th, 16th, 23rd, 24th, 29th and 30th July and on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th August 2016.

Here's whats coming up...

Live Music from Old Old Wooden Ship on 15th July 2016


Hailing from Inverness Old Old Wooden Ship are a young duo.

Sean Fleming - bass guitar, drums and backing vocals
Liam Colgan - guitar and vocals.

Offering a diverse range of genres from Johnny Cash to Daft Punk, from Queens of the Stone Age to Ed Sheeran. Covering classic artists such as Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Jam, Del Shannon, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Who etc. Also more modern artists such as Oasis, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, George Ezra, Jake Bugg, The Lumineers, Gorillaz, Semisonic and many more.

I saw these lads play live on a Saturday afternoon, they were on the books that Saturday night, a simply brilliant act! - Rossie Albagubrath

Live Music from The Democrats on 16th July 2016


The Democrats are a fantastic four piece band that cover music from 60s to present with a huge rock sound.

Regulars on the Argyll, pub, club and festival (Tarbert, Mamafest) scene they are a band not to be missed.

Hailing from Lochgilphead and the surrounding area, this four piece band lines-up with:

Paul Mackay - guitar & vocals
George John Murphy - drums
Chas Mackenzie - guitar & vocals
Jamie Mclafferty - base & vocals

Sure to be a great nights entertainment.

Live Music from Keith Robinson on 22nd July 2016


Hailing from Inverness and part of a function/covers band called “City Limits” and an originals band called “MIR”, Keith is a full-time musician as well as a full-time guitar instructor. He has taught for Yamaha, Highland schools and privately.

Also going out as a solo act just as with in "City Limits" he covers a wide variety of music genres and styles including Rock/Pop/Country/Blues and Funk with songs from the 60's to present day hits. Songs from Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Carlos Santana, The Eagles, The Monkees, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, Ray Charles, John Mayer to name a few.

Keith is a confident and engaging performer who is very adept at reading the demographic of the audience in front of him, those songs projected via a strong and honed vocal.

Live Music from James Mackenzie on 23rd July 2016


James Mackenzie the Highland artist continue to develop his craft... and build on his impressive CV by releasing EP "Winter" and picking up Moray Firth Radio's 'One To Watch' award.

Initially coming to widespread attention 6 years ago, fronting James Mackenzie and The Aquascene, 2010 proved an outstanding debut year for the band with impressive displays across a range of key festivals including goNORTH, RockNess, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Loopallu. Releasing their debut offering, Frase and Phable, in July 2010, the band embarked on a series of dates and small tours which ensured the initial press quickly sold out and generated a significant fan base.

Mackenzie is a charismatic and engaging presence in the live environment. Going solo in 2011, Mackenzie has continued to develop this early artistic drive, boasting an inventive maturity of craft which suffuses strong traditional elements and interesting instrumentation with a fresh and credible contemporary swagger. James has supported great artists such as Gallagher and Lyle, Hue and Cry, Roddy Woomble, Midge Ure and this year on tour throughout the UK opening up for Runrig.

Live Music from None the Wiser on 29th July 2016


None the Wiser is a four-piece rock covers band from the Lochgilphead area, playing a wide variety of music from the 70s onwards - everything from ACDC to ZZ Top. The band has been together for a couple of years.

Paul Convery (bass), Dave Garner (guitar and vocals), Jo Smith (vocals) and David Bracken (drums) and have been gigging across Cowal and Kintyre.

The band has a varied set, but every tune has something in common - it ROCKS! Their first ever live gig was at The Galley of Lorne Inn. A gig that we know from experience will have the place jumping!

Live Music from Craig Robertson on 30th July 2016


CRAIG ROBERTSON is a young singer/songwriter based in Inverness who is a regular at music festivals whether as part of a band or as a solo performer.

He has performed at such events as Rockness, Belladrum, Go North, Wickerman festivals etc. As a talented musician/guitarist Craig is gaining respect for his original song writing abilities but adapts his material for the audience in front of him or to the venue he is performing in.

For the more general bookings/venues where the audience expects familiar material Craig performs Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues and Country, with a very eclectic and impressive mix of well know covers ranging from The Pussy Cat Dolls, Neil Diamond, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Britney Spears, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, to Paolo Nutini, etc.

Live Music from Rock & Reel on 5th August 2016

5 AUGUST 2016, 9PM | ROCK & REEL

Rock and Reel are a four piece covers band from Oban who combine popular sing-alongs with the best of Scottish dance music.

The group is known for pleasing audiences young and old with their wide repertoire spanning multiple genres and decades. Something for everyone and a good night of music guaranteed!

John MacKinnon - Accordion
Liam Donn - Guitar/Vocals
Graeme Cameron - Bass Guitar
Donald Campbell – Drums

Live Music from Karys Watt & Dave McFarlane on 6th August 2016


Hailing from Perthshire, we welcome Karys Watt & David Macfarlane to The Galley Gig Fest.

Karys and David, of the band Tunna, have been performing together both nationally and internationally since around 2008 as a fiddle and guitar duo.

They play original pieces, in a variety of styles influenced by their eclectic taste in music. They also like to indulge in a selection of fine Scottish jigs, reels and a few other tunes to keep it interesting.

The result is an upbeat and exciting performance of original and traditional tunes.

Live Music from Alan Frew on 12th August 2016


ALAN FREW is an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist hailing from Troon having played with bands such as The Jill Jackson Band and The Follies before going solo and releasing his debut album ( Go Easy in 2010 ).

A regular fixture on the festival circuit Alan has played solo at Belladrum, Wickerman, Northern Roots, Celtic Connections, and Eden Festival.

His covers set consists of contemporary pop/indie, blues, folk, and americana.

Alan has played supports to Paolo Nutini, Texas, Ben Otewell, Martin Carthy, Martin Taylor and The Fureys.

His music has been played on BBC radio throughout the UK and he has appeared on STV and Sky Arts.

Live Music from Luke Jackson on 13th August 2016


Luke is a young Roots Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014”

Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward.

He has also completed several tours of Scotland, with the last 2 years including playing 2 sold out nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Reminds me of Jeff Buckley, which can only be a good thing – Mark Radcliffe Radio 2
Two words, bloody brilliant – Maverick 5 star review

Live Music from Oban Heart Surgery on 19th August 2016


Oban Heart Surgery are a well established band from of course 'Oban' playing regularly on the west coast circuit.

Known for their rocky covers and originals, the band features Lesley Aitchison on vocals and bass, Iain Coates on drums and percussion, Coz MacKenzie on lead guitar and vocals and former Sweet, Edison Lighthouse and Vanity Fair member Mel Wallace on lead guitar and vocals.

All are well known to The Galley having appeared in various line-ups at the Galley Gig Fest through the years, not to mention being our regular band at our Hogmanay party.

Live Music from Dave Levon on 20th August 2016


(Moray-Shire) Solo, Dave Levon is a multiple instrumentalist who as well as vocals and dependant on the audience or occasion deploys the following instruments during his sets - Guitars, Bass, Harp, Trumpet and Fiddle.

Given the aforementioned, Dave has a vast range of musical genres that he performs E.G. From the 50's up to the present day, from Rock to Pop, Country to Blues, Swing, to The Big American Song Book, thus allowing him to cover such artistes as Jessie J., Metallica, The Who, AC/DC, Eagles, Scouting For Girls, Bryan Adams, Jake Bugg, Naughty Boy, Kenny Rogers, John Legend, Green Day, Beyoncé, Prince, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Soft Cell, The Buzzcocks, Dean Martin, Kings of Leon, Dougie Maclean, Alanis Morissette, Neil Diamond, Beautiful South , Proclaimers etc.