From traditional music to jazz and contemporary, this year’s BBS features both up-and-coming and legendary talent to keep everyone entertained at Europe’s largest winter fringe festival.
Of Scottish and Burmese origin and hailing from rural Aberdeenshire, Fiona Soe Pang presents a compelling fusion of music, vocals and cinema in her show Alien Lullabies.
Fiona, who is part of the festival’s emerging talent programme, is an electronic producer and vocalist who creates surreal and hypnotic audio-visual shows, weaving off-world electronica, projected 3D animation and live vocals into a mesmerising "live cinema" performance.
You can catch Fiona at Greyfriars Church on Friday, 30 January at 1pm.
The Vaselines – loved by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain – head the list of talent from Glasgow and the west.
The Vaselines will appear on Saturday, 31 January, at the main venue, The Spiegeltent – a stunning ‘30s-style marquee lined with mirrors and stained glass.
Other acts with roots in the west include:
Caileag – Scottish folk trio plus guitar, fiddles and piano. Fresh from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Caileag promise a night filled with Burns songs, folk tunes and traditional Scottish music.
Erica Von Stein - a young poet from Glasgow who performs her work at events across the UK and wrote the welcoming ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Quirky Jade - acapella trio who perform a mixture of Scottish, folk, African and modern songs. They came together in 2003 and recorded their album “Quirky” in 2011. On their home patch of Renfrewshire they are well known for singing at Burns Night celebrations. They are now in the studio recording again.
Fine voice and Mesmerising Guitar – from Glasgow and Paisley, Pauline Alexander and Edwin Gallacher perform across Britain. Pauline’s beautiful vocals and Edwin’s mesmerising fingerstyle guitar, secured them a place as Isambard Folk Award finalists this year with their blend of contemporary, folk, easy listening and blues.
LOOP Theatre – Glasgow’s newest integrated physical theatre company channel the words, beats and songs of the Bard in a celebration of the underdog. Look Beyond challenges our perceptions on disability and art. The cast and musicians have devised this performance, inspired by works such as “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose.”
Melanie Jordan and Caitlin Skinner – a show called Sanitise where a woman alone discovers there is something dark living beneath the bath. A playful and original production without words combining physical theatre, dance, music and multimedia to explore our most intimate insecurities and fantasies.
Among the traditional music performers will be BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton, the Border Strathspey & Reel Society Fiddlers and The Gallovidians.
Robyn Stapleton: A young woman with a truly phenomenal voice and brilliant future. In recent months Robyn has performed live on BBC radio, on BBC Alba TV, at Commonwealth Games concerts and with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Smooth Jazz for the Bard: Returning from a successful appearance at last year’s Big Burns Supper and the Lockerbie Jazz Festival, Getz Group bring their smooth jazz to the world of Burns. Cool saxophone in the style of jazz legend Stan Getz, bringing jazz classics and Burns songs together in a unique show.
Mark Meiklejohn: A fun, entertaining show with poems and songs of Robert Burns along with Standard English subtitles and a bit of context and discussion – making Burns accessible to all.
A Fine Voice & A Mesmerising Guitar: Pauline Alexander and Edwin Gallacher have been impressing audiences across Britain. They believe a good song is a good song regardless of genre, so you are just as likely to hear something from the Beatles or Dire Straits as you are a bit of Burns.
True To Self: Spoken word and original music, telling a mysterious story about finding the real you in a material world. Accompanied by unique live music with hints of acoustic, soul, jazz and hip-hop genres.
Border Strathspey & Reel Society: A fiddle with members come from across the Borders who play Burns music, Scottish music and much more. A singer will join the group to entertain the public with well-known Burns Songs for a sing along. It is a lively foot tapping and hand clapping show.
Cup O’ Kindness: Inspiring audiences to take part in creating and performing their own music. An evening of poetry and song inspired by Robert Burns created and performed by members of Loch Arthur, the Dumfries Choral Society and Paragon Music.
The Gallovidians: A small local traditional music group consisting of mainly fiddles and accordions playing popular, traditional Scottish and Irish music. The show is suitable for all age groups.
The tremendous Gary Anderson is well-known on the Angus circuit and far beyond.
Graham Main, Big Burns Supper Festival Artistic Director, said: “Big Burns Supper is an amazingly colourful and fun festival – and we are really looking forward to welcoming Gary to take centre stage at our main venue.
“Gary mixes his own original material with folk, rock and country covers, all stripped down to great effect using only his voice and a guitar. In short – it’ll be great, so come and join us in Dumfries.”
Gary said: "It is a massive honour for me to be chosen as an emerging artist to appear in the magical Spiegeltent at The Big Burns Supper festival and I am tremendously proud to be able to showcase my music at such a prestigious event."
BBS features 140 events from 23-31 January. A highlight will be the Burns Night street carnival on 25 January which will feature bands, huge interactive puppets and hundreds of costumed performers.
Once again BBS has teamed up with other local festivals and promoters to present eclectic club nights which include the Eden Opening Party.
Hue and Cry are a sophisti-pop duo and will be performing as a stunning eight piece, full band for the Festival Closing Party. The duo is best known for 1987 single "Labour of Love", which reached No. 6 on the UK singles chart.
Nina Nesbitt, Best known for her 2013 hit single Stay Out and an experienced songwriter and festival veteran, her first album Peroxide was released this year and she is now working on a second.
Scottish indie pop pioneers The Vaselines are best known for being covered by Nirvana on Incesticide and MTV Unplugged in New York. The group will play some of the world’s most iconic hits at a tea time show on the final Saturday.
The Undertones are a punk rock/new wave band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland and will kick start the party at the tent on the first Saturday of the festival.
Skerryvore are a six piece multi-award winning folk-rock band from Scotland who will play our Burns Night Special taking us through to the festival week.
From Fringe First winners, writer Peter Arnott and director Cora Bissett, featuring Angela Darcy as Joplin present Janis Joplin: Full Tilt.
Peatbog Faeries, Based on the Isle of Skye, are one of Scotland’s best-known names in contemporary folk music. In 2012 they were nominated for "Best Live Act" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having already twice won "Live Act of the Year" at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
You can see the full Big Burns Supper 2015 programme at http://2014.bigburnssupper.com