Posts Tagged ‘Knockengorroch’

Unicorn World Record Attempt

Posted on May 18th, 2017 in Recent posts by .

Photo by Colin Hattersley

Whereas the English consider the fiery Barbary lion to be their national symbol, the Scottish cherish an altogether more mystical creature. A stately unicorn adorns the Scottish coat of arms, and symbolises both harmony and peace across the land. This year’s Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival, deep in the majestic Galloway hills, is honouring the ancient beast with an official world record attempt for the highest number of unicorns in one place as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations. Festival organiser Liz Holmes is anticipating a joyous occasion: “We wanted to do something exciting, fun and different to celebrate our 20th year. The unicorn is a truly multicultural symbol for us to celebrate, reflecting our international taste in music!”

The attempt has been fully accredited by the Guinness Book of Records, and attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear unicorn horns and be part of the effort. Performers at the four-day affair include Scottish folk stalwarts RURA, klezmer ensemble Tantz, roots reggae legend Max Romeo and Molotov Jukebox. The Kakatsitsi Drummers and the Gubi San Bushmen, Sheelanagig and Tonto Malembe are also amoung the vast list of artists set to perform at Knochengorroch.

 Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival takes place from May 25-28.

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Knockengorroch 2013: A world of music in the hills

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

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Words by Luke Shekerali

Hear the ancient, retro and contemporary at this year’s Knockengorroch

Set in a beautiful corner of Scotland at one of the world’s five International Dark-Sky Parks, you can expect a collaboration of some of the best acts world music has to offer, set against a luminous starry sky at this year’s Knockengorroch (May 23-26). 

The festival is set in the uplands of Galloway – one of Scotland’s hidden beauties. Originally created in 1998 the organisers set out to spur on Galloway’s rural regeneration with Knockengorroch. Since then, the festival has gone from strength to strength, boasting acts from around the globe and attracting audiences from all over the UK.  

The impressive line-up this year includes Asian Dub Foundation, Mungos Hi-Fi Sound System, The John Langan Band and Dizraeli & the Small Gods

Dizraeli & the Small Gods are a seven-piece small band from England, who pride themselves on their ‘folked, melodic, unashamedly heartfelt reinvention of hip-hop.’ Formed in 2009 after Dizraeli released his solo album Engurland, they have since toured all over the UK, with shows including a collaboration with Shlomo and a spot on the West Holts stage of Glastonbury. You can read more about them in our current issue (June 2013, #92).

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