Shooglenifty gig to be Stowed Out

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The Stowed Out festival will make its return next month with an eclectic line-up that includes acclaimed fusion folk band Shooglenifty.

The band, right, will headline the opening night, with Kirsty Law and Selkirk’s Riddell Fiddles supporting.

The rising stars of psychedelia, The Merrylees, will headline on the Saturday, with the weekend including a diverse range of acts, including Augustalia, Kaela Rowan, Katie Forbes, 
Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne.

The line-up again showcases local talent alongside established acts and provides a platform for young and first-time performers to develop their craft.

StowedOut is being staged by Sound Out, a not for profit organisation formed in 2009.

Over the years, Sound Out has ensured that the whole community can take advantage of the opportunities it has created.

The events provide opportunities for local businesses and as well as their work with performers.

Sound Out also provides training in support roles, which include stage design and operating the sound and lighting desks, and this is all done with a strong emphasis on involving young people.

The events have become community focal points for performers, volunteers and audience alike.

Chris Wemyss from Sound Out said: “It’s about thinking big – you could have a coffee morning to bring the community together, but we want people to be bound together by pride, creating something special that has a legacy, something that people can tell their kids they were part of.”

This year also marks the beginning of a partnership with Galashiels-based Renew Green Energy, which is the festival’s main sponsor.

Stowed out takes place in Stow on August 15 and 16.

For more information visit www.soundout.org.uk/stowed-out-2014 or email Chris Wemyss: soundout@gmx.co.uk