Grangemouth rocks

Picture John Devlin 05/11/10. FALKIRK Callendar Park, Fireworks Display. Double Trouble.
Picture John Devlin 05/11/10. FALKIRK Callendar Park, Fireworks Display. Double Trouble.

Grangemouth town centre will be rocking to the sounds of a multitude of music makers every Saturday afternoon for the rest of this month.

For the third year in a row Grangemouth Music Festival is giving local bands and artists a stage on which to strut their stuff and hopefully gain them some new followers.

As with the 2009 and 2010 events, the aim of the festival is two-fold - give a platform to the bands and try to boost the footfall in the town centre so traders can get their tills ringing along with the guitars.

Mary Jane Armstrong, Grangemouth town centre manager, said: “This is the music festival’s third year.

“It’s growing in popularity each time, with bands phoning up wanting to take part.

“They will get a chance to showcase their music skills in front of a, hopefully, large and appreciative audience.

“With the increase in visitors to the town centre, the shops will benefit as well.

“The event will also see the musicians getting extended use of the town’s brand new bandstand in La Porte Precinct for the first time.”

Jim Dunbar was the man in charge of the sound system for the first two festivals, but he’s stepped up a gear to organise the 2011 event.

Using his local music scene contacts, he has assembled a talented and eclectic, electric and acoustic line-up any festival would be proud of.

He said: “I’m just taking over from the previous organisers and trying to keep up the high standard set by Les and Jim in the first two events.

“I’ve tried to come up with a line-up of acts that will please everyone - people who play songs folk will want to hear as they gather in the town centre.”

Jim has also come up with the novel idea of using acoustic artists to complement the high voltage electric performances from the bandstand.

“I had a lot of help from Adam Donaldson when it came to assembling the acoustic acts,” said Jim.

“In fact Adam is one of the people who will be performing this year.”

Here is the full line-up for Grangemouth Music Festival 2011:

Saturday, August 6: (Bandstand): WHITE ROSE - rocking ceilidh band; BAD LUCK ‘N’ TROUBLE - red hot blues rock from Bruce and the lads; ABSENT TAM - rock pop from festival regulars; ECHOFELA - Barry Price led indie pop combo; (Acoustic) SARAH MONTEITH - former Lamens Terms singer now solo sensation; ADAM DONALDSON - Falkirk’s very own Mr Acoustic, a big mover and shaker on the unplugged scene.

Saturday, August 13: (Bandstand): DOUBLE TROUBLE - young gun rock troubadours Joe and Jamie; INTERNATIONAL POP ASSASSINS - Eddie and the guys are festival veterans and tunesmiths of the highest order; NO REQUESTS - indie pop gurus of great repute; (Acoustic) STEFF SERAPIGLIA - she’s the biggest name on the singing strummer circuit; STEPHEN TARNOWSKI - another big name on the unplugged scene; DAVIE BAIRD; WILLIAM BELL.

Saturday, August 20: (Bandstand) THE SIGNALS - survivors of the new romantic era are still rocking strong; 117 - local indie outfit; ERAZOR - pop rockers; (Acoustic) JOHN IRVINE; ROSS BEAGLEY; ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DAVE.

Saturday, August 27: (Bandstand): TEAM SOLRIPE - the men, the myth the music; TONKERERS - they may have dropped the “Urban” part of their moniker but they still play the great tunes; THE CRAWS - birds of a feather who rock together; SHIFTER X - Glasgow band grace Grangemouth with their presence; (Acoustic) STUART BLACKWOOD - ace guitarist and Sound Cradle frontman goes it alone; ROSS MITCHELL - king of the acoustic guitar.

The music is from noon until 4 p.m. each Saturday.