Fresh Ayr, the brand-new folk festival taking place in Ayr’s Rozelle Park between 11 – 13 August 2023, has announced an array of incredible artists that have been added to the already stellar lineup, guaranteeing a weekend of amazing live entertainment.

It is shaping up to be an incredible three days with more than 25 artists featuring on the lineup of world-class entertainment, as well as family-friendly activities, ceilidhs, delicious food and drink, and excellent camping facilities.

Nati Dreddd, the Scottish TikTok sensation, who has nearly two million followers across social media platforms, and has supported Tidelines, Newton Faulkner and Simply Red and sold out solo shows across Scotland will take to the stage at Rozelle Park.

Another of the new acts added to the bill is Irish fiddle player Grainne Brady. The Glasgow-based artist is a vital part of the city’s musical pulse and has toured Ireland and Scotland to promote her debut solo album The Road Across the Hills with her second record Newcomer released in 2021.

The Laura Cortese Band joins the line up, fronted by American singer, songwriter and fiddler Laura Cortese. The string group is brought together by the love of traditional American music and will get toes tapping at Fresh Ayr with their unique interpretations of old-time, bluegrass, country, and Celtic music.

Alongside them on the bill is the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards Best Gaelic Singer of the Year Maggie MacInnes joined by one of Scotland’s finest guitarists, Anna Massie. Maggie has six solo records and performs regularly in the UK and abroad. Anna, who is one of Scotland’s foremost guitarists, is known for her work with Blazin’ Fiddles, Mairearad Green and RANT, and is a three-time nominee for Best Instrumentalist at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Paul McKenna Band - 5 members standing

The Paul McKenna Band, named by The New York Times as “the best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” will wow audiences with their full-bodied array of original and traditional material. While neo-trad trio Project Smok will bring their nonconformist and progressive Scottish traditional music to Ayr this summer. The group draws inspiration from indie pop acts like The 1975, LANY and Bon Iver, as well as more time-honoured, West Coast styles of playing. Another addition to the incredible lineup is local singer, guitarist and flute player Seán Gray.

Blair Parham, Director of Fresh Ayr Folk Fest, said: “It is a pleasure to announce such a brilliant string of talented musicians to add to our bill. We have more than 25 world-class acts performing across the three days – it’s going to be an unforgettable weekend and I can’t wait to welcome audiences to Rozelle Park this summer. We hope it will become a staple event in the calendar of folk fans across the country for years to come. Our early bird tickets are available for a limited time –  fans have one more week to get the best possible deal on their passes so we would encourage people to move fast.”

Blair Parham standing in wooded area
3 band members sitting

Already on the bill are the multi-award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran, one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups Blazin’ Fiddles, the genre-bending Talisk who fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce an innovative, multi-layered signature sound, and one of Scotland’s best trad singers, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and four-time MG Alba Scots Trad Awards’ Scots Singer of the Year Siobhan Miller and her 5-piece band.

Also appearing are Kinnaris Quintet who will draw influence from Scottish and Irish music, bluegrass, old-time and classical music, and young quartet Gnoss who bring their traditional music and the unique warmth of their live shows.

Other artists previously confirmed include Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Papiransky, the queen of gentle folk-Americana Edwina Hayes and global folk collective Mishra.

Local talent also features on the original lineup as Ayr’s Alistair McCulloch and his trio will take to the stage with Mark Duff (formerly of Capercaillie) on whistles. Fiddle player Lauren Collier, who is originally from Irvine, will also perform alongside her band, showcasing material from her hotly anticipated new album, set for release this year.

The festival, which is supported by South Ayrshire Council, has a limited number of reduced price early bird tickets available to buy until Monday 6 February. General release tickets at an increased price of £140 will go on sale on Tuesday 7 February.

Those aged 12 years and under can attend the festival for free, there are discounted tickets available for 13–17-year-olds and day tickets are also available.