Below are just some of the performers taking part in S.O.F.A.
We're delighted to have them involved and sharing their art with us. 

Like artists everywhere, they have all been massively impacted by COVID 19 with gigs, concerts and festival appearances cancelled since March. SOFA is a great way for you to help. Enjoy the entertainment and show your support and appreciation for our local arts community by making a donation. Whether its £5 or £50, its all going to support the individual artists and help the arts flourish in your community.

Donations will be shared equally between:

  • The artists and musicians etc taking part in S.O.F.A.

  • LOGOS youth project to support arts and music opportunities for young people

  • Strathearn Arts to support the considerable amount of work needed to prepare for us to re-open safely for our community.

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The Buchanan Duo

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Kenny & Rachael met as teenagers growing up in rural Perthshire, Scotland and went on to study together at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow. The duo are currently exploring an exciting range of repertoire from Spain, Italy, Latin America, and Scotland. The name 'Buchanan' reflects the duo's connection to Glasgow and to their traditional Scottish heritage.

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Alicia-Deanna

Alicia-Deanna is a solo singer/songwriter and aspiring producer with a wide vocal range experimenting with a variety of sounds. With airy high notes and sturdy alto notes filled with compelling vibrato, Alicia-Deanna's music creates a haunting feel. Alicia-Deanna brings many different genres to the table. Experimenting with a variety of styles, a truly unique sound is always created.

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Amy Smart

Amy's interest in music began with cello at the age of 7 and piano at 9 while at Morrison's Academy. After 6 years with Perth Youth Orchestra, she gained a place at the RCS in Glasgow and toured China and appeared at the BBC Proms in 2016 with the Scottish Youth Orchestra. Having gained a masters in Performance at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, she now plans to become a music teacher and is studying for her PDGE back at the RCS once again.

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Inspired by the roots, tradition and natural environment of his native Scotland, Neil enjoys setting music to traditional poems sung in Old Scots. His talent ranges from bouzouki, mandolin, tenorbanjo, acoustic guitar and low whistle and he gigs both as a solo performer and with his three-piece band which features fiddle and guitar. Neil is the driving force behind the Crieff Folk Club.

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ReelSpiel

Reelspiel is a 'folk' trio based in Comrie made up of John Paul Mason (guitar/vocals), Cathy Tillbrook (Cello) and James (Fred) Perry (Fiddle and foot stomping). The band evolved out of just playing together at social gatherings at each other's houses until asked to play a couple of gigs. They play a mix of their own and traditional songs with a few musical tangents here and there.

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Bríona Mannion

Currently studying with Maureen Smith at the Royal Academy of Music on a full tuition scholarship, Bríona has recently been appointed Leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and is an Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation. Other notable highlights include reaching the final of the ‘Wilfrid Parry’ String
Prize at the Royal Academy of Music & performing Vivaldi Seasons with the London Conservatoire’s String Ensemble earlier this year.

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Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine). In 2016, she won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award' in recognition of outstanding achievement.

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A shining example of modern independent songwriting, Robbie Hutton combines his skilled story-telling  with a mixture of soulful pop and ballad-driven rock. Brought up in Crieff, he reaches back into his own experiences to create modern tales of heartbreak, catharsis and loss. Each song brings something different to the table.

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Linda and Kenny are Halfway to Barra, a flute and guitar duo from Comrie playing a delicious mix of traditional folk, not-so-traditional folk as well as smooth jazz standards.

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Barbara was brought up in Fife, learning to sing traditional Scottish and Irish songs from her grandparents. After a 20 year break from music she returned in 2007 and has since made a number of albums and enjoyed successful collaborations with many of the great and the good of the trad music scene

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“The voice of a man who eats gravel for breakfast”!
A high-powered, Guinness fuelled, unique take on all your classic folk and pub tunes. Scoogz has entertained audiences spanning the length and breadth of Britain, from Las Vegas to down the Mississippi River, throughout Europe and across Australia - wherever he goes, the craic is sure to follow

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A multi award-winning cellist, Finn has been studying at the Scandinavian Cello School in Denmark since leaving St Mary's Music School in 2019. He is principal cellist at the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and last year became the youngest ever recipient of the "Julius Isserlis" Scholarship from the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.

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Up & coming singer-songwriter from Comrie who blends  60's folk-revival inspired guitar playing with a modern, soulful voice and bold ambient textures.  His debut album Wind and Stone is heavily influenced by the modern obsession with escapism as well as Finn's own fascination with history,  fantasy and its relevance to our lives now. 

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Moyenda fuse the music of Malawi with other cultural influences picked up on their travels. They are now Scotland-based and play stages large and small.

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Rallion are a three piece contemporary folk group from Glasgow and Perthshire. They bring a wide range of musical influences together to create their powerful persuasive music. Their unique sound is based around the fiddle powerhouse of Fiona Cuthill, the distinctive voice of Marieke McBean and the virtuoso guitar and bouzouki playing of Steve Lawrence. 

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OK Amigos

A trio of time-served hardened stalwarts of the Glasgow music scene. With guitar, sax and percussion, they serve up a heady cocktail of Blues, Jazz and Americana underpinned with compelling and innovative swing and Latin rhythms. Theirs is a unique and vibrant portfolio of songs and instrumentals

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Connor Sinclair

A prodigious, talented multi-instrumentalist from Crieff. An accomplished and award-winning solo piper from a very young age, Connor studied at the Conservatoire in Glasgow focused on pipes, whistle and flute. Connor’s musical influences are hugely varied and come from being immersed in Scottish music, culture, and history his whole life.
 

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" a luscious wall of polished sound that blends alternative rock and pop"

 

Blair, Sam, and Kyle make up this 3-piece Perth-based band combining a powerful and emotional sound with thoughtful lyrics and catchy tunes - the full package and one to watch for the future

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Lauren Collier

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Lauren Collier is a fiddle player with a particular interest in traditional and folk music from around the world. Having recently played at the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton in Canada, on Take the Floor Christmas Show, she then completed filming for the HBO/Sony TV show Outlander as a fiddle player. Lauren's debut album will be out in 2020.

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Orcadian Ivan Drever's lyrical songwriting, extensive traditional repertoire and virtuoso guitar playing has been a hit with audiences at home and abroad. During a long and illustrious career, Ivan has made 15 solo albums, is the former lead singer of Wolfstone and is renowned for partnerships with Duncan Chilsholm and Ian Cooper, among others. 

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Margaret Bennett

Considered “Scotland’s foremost folklorist” her distinguished career has seen her lecturing, singing and storytelling on both sides of the Atlantic. Among a long list of honours, in 2014 she was inducted into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame; and in 2017 she was awarded the Saltire Society award “for outstanding work in conserving and sustaining the oral traditions, music and song of the Highlands & Islands”.

More performer info to follow...

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