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Music is an integral part of BIG KIC.


Our main music headline events in 2010 were:


Salsa Celtica


Saturday 14th August: 7:00 pm: Colzium, Big tent: Salsa Celtica  supported by Norrie MacIver.



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"Salsa Celtica are recognised by audiences of folk, jazz and world music alike as one of Scotland's top party bands.

The alternating moods of yearning and celebration, after all, are fundamental to the music of both cultures; and it's by expanding on this emotional commonality that Salsa Celtica combine them so effectively". Sue Wilson 

"What their compatriots from Average White Band were for funk in the seventies, Salsa Celtica are for Latin-American music - a fresh, new and original sound..." De Morgen, Belgium

"A stunning marriage of musical styles... Virtuosos to a man..." The Scotsman

"Salsa Celtica have now proven there are Celts among us whose blood runs pure chilli..." Cork Examiner, Ireland

"Scene stealers..." The Observer, UK

"In the Latin scene along with Manu Chau, Salsa Celtica were without doubt the most exciting and freshest thing to hit New York this summer..." Listin Diario, USA / Dominican Republic

"Rhythms bordering on a religious frenzy..." The List, Scotland

"Unique..." Rhythm Magazine, USA

"Salsa Celtica gerade deshalb so exzellent..." Tontrager, Sweden

"Le melange rhythmique est magique..." Musique Traditionale, France


Norrie McIver from ‘Bodega’ – winners of the Radio 2 Young Traditional Musician of the Year - will help to make this a double bill to savour for Scottish music fans. We are very proud to welcome this fine young Gaelic musician and vocalist to Kilsyth.

"The Norrie MacIver trio was the opening act. I’ll admit it: we’re MacIver fans. The man’s got a great voice, stage presence, plays guitar well, and he’s funny, too.  My only complaint is the set was too short." Celtic Connections 2010 review


 Together they provided a superb big band finale to Saturday's Clan KICS event. 

Sunday 15th August: 4pm:  Colzium, Scottish folk legend Dougie MacLean plus around ten bands performed non-stop at Carnival on three stages including our fabulous Big Top, from  12:00 - 18:00 - with a heady mix of world music, folk, and indie rock.


Dougie MacLean




 Considered by many to be Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter, Dougie MacLean is renowned for his unique blend of lyrical roots-based songwriting and instrumental composition. He has built an international reputation as a songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer. His meaningful, haunting and emotion-filled music has been covered by a host of artists and his Caledonia has become one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs.

‘A musical hero.’ (Wall Street Journal)


"Strong yet subtle, hauntingly evocative yet contemporary in feel, this music demands
listening to over and over again." (Time Out, UK)



Ceilidh band competitions took place in the Big Top on Saturday 14th August where spectators helped judge the bands by voting with their feet. Market stalls, a funfair, and other food and drink stalls were open throughout the day.





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