After a long time planning, we were delighted to be able to launch the Fresh Ayr Folk Fest at Rozelle Park, where the event will be held next August.
Members of the press joined Kinnaris Quintet and the festival’s director Blair Parham to launch the event on November 8th. Read about the event and what some of the first artists announced are saying about it!
“Fresh Ayr is a brand-new folk festival set to take place in Ayr’s Rozelle Park between 11 – 13 August 2023. The exciting three-day event will showcase an array of incredible live entertainment, family-friendly activities, fantastic food and drinks and top of the range camping facilities.
Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a world-class line-up of entertainment from some of the UK’s top musical acts, alongside incredible emerging talent. Over 25 world-class artists will perform across the weekend.
Blair Parham, Director of Fresh Ayr Folk Fest, said: “I am so excited to bring Fresh Ayr to the heart of our town. It’s something that I have aspired to do for a long time, and I am absolutely thrilled that we have managed to get this off the ground and we are able to offer the people of Ayrshire and further afield a fantastic three-day event with something for everyone to enjoy. The calibre of artists we have playing is second to none, the food and drink offering from local suppliers will be amazing, the children’s activities will be captivating, and the location is just beautiful. I can’t wait to welcome you all to Ayr’s Rozelle Park next summer.”
The multi award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran have been at the heart of the Scottish traditional music scene for over a decade. Internationally recognised as one of the most iconic and respected Scottish bands on the road today, the seven-piece will close the event in spectacular style on the Saturday night.
Gary Innes, from Mànran, said: “We’re delighted to be playing the brand new and innovative Fresh Ayr! It will be great fun and it’s amazing that Ayr is getting its first ever weekend folk festival. There are so many brilliant acts on the bill, and we’re honoured to have been asked to close the Saturday night. It’ll be a night to remember!”
One of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups will bring their virtuosic roof raising performance to Ayr next summer. Blazin’ Fiddles encompass a rare and unique selection of the fiddle’s diverse Highland and Island voices together and will close the final night of the three-day festival.
The genre bending Talisk fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce an innovative, multi-layered signature sound. The trio are one of the most in-demand live bands on the scene today and will bring the Friday night to a high-spirited close.
Regarded as one of Scotland’s best trad singers, Siobhan Miller will also play this brand-new stage. A BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and four times MG Alba Scots Trad Awards’ Scots Singer of the Year, Siobhan Miller and her 5-piece band will perform a freewheeling set celebrating much-loved Scottish songs.