Music announced so far
Rosanne Cash is a Grammy award winning singer and songwriter who is coming back to her ancestral home in Fife this summer. She will be playing an intimate and acoustic set with her husband John Leventhal on Sunday 25th July.
Kenny Anderson aka King Creosote, singer/songwriter, Fife's best. Founder of the Fence Collective and has himself released over 40 albums. Kenny will be singing his heart out on Friday night.
The phenomenal Zawose Family from Tanzania has been a celebrated and enduring feature of world music since the 1990s. Their music is one of beautiful harmonies and infectious rythmns. Their work has been championed by Peter Gabriel on his Real World Record Label.
The Second Hand Marching Band is a band from a mix of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Ayr, Kincardine, Cumbernauld, Neilston, Canada, Airdrie and most importantly Fife! Together since 2007 they play guitars, ukeleles, mandolins, triangles, accordians, trumpets, tenor horns, saxophones, trombones, glockenspiel, castanets, marching drums, melodicas, woodblocks, tamborines, bells, violins, flutes, clarinets and other stuff. Expect it to be loud and fun. Joining the Friday line up but will be marching all weekend long.
Das Contras will be also be part of the Friday night line up to celebrate the best of Fife music. Das Contras play pop, soul, folk and Latin calling themselves 'a six-headed musical monster with a Latin temperament, a worldy attitude, two devilish horns and a rock n roll heart'. Their much anticipated debut album is due to be released in Spring 2010.
The Joe Acheson Quartet has received huge praise for their mind-melting head music. Their music is on a grand scale, evoking the likes of Cinematic Orchestra and DJ Shadow but with a distinctive Scottish hue.
Brazil! Brazil! will bring some Afro-Brazilian flair to Big Tent. Combining the extraordinary martial art of Capoeira with the music and dance of carnival, and the energetic skills of Brazilians street football, Brazil! Brazil! encompass all of the power and the passion that is Brazil today.
FOUND - experimental pop band merging garage rock, melodic and electronic pop is red hot and has just one a Scottish BAFTA award. Inventive and highly creative, FOUND is a fantastic live band with a lot to say and a plethora of positive reviews.
Aberfeldy is one of the most diverse bands to emerge in Scotland in recent years. With their diverse indie-pop, they blend soft percussion, shimmering acoustic guitars with dream soundscapes and simple, honest lyrics.
Mr McFalls Chamber
Mr McFalls Chamber plays a range of music from tango, through jazz and rock to contemporary classical and a whole lot more, prefectly reflecting the diversity that Big Tent promotes. They are all principle players of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and have been called 'the single most important group in Scotland'.
Sharon King blends modern folk and country and will again be our compere for the weekend. She is joined by fellow compere Phil Kay who will be reprising his role as MC of all that he surveys in the tented village.
Black Diamond Express are an eight piece band that takes some belting bona fide blues, a bit of slide, acoustic and electric guitars and a show of cello and fiddle. A Big Tent hit of 2009! Great to see them back.
Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers formed in 2008 they have received lots of airplay from Radio One through to BBC Scotland. Their music is a mixture of contemporary pop and rock with a splash of country.
The Homecoming String Band Appalachian & bluegrass tunes played with a Celtic spirit. They've an energetic spirit and bring some of the best music back over the Atlantic to find its roots. Old Time songs, ballads and a bit of foot stomping.
Nuala Kennedy interprets traditional Irish and Scottish music in the most upbeat and original way. She released a new album called 'Tune In' earlier this year.
"Kennedy doesn't so much imbibe or inhale as swallow, whole and unadulterated, melodic and rhythmic influences from beyond her kith and kin. She is not only an exceptional interpreter of the tradition; her own music glistens with freshness" **** THE IRISH TIMES
"Exceptional" **** IRISH TIMES
"Breathtaking" **** UK HERALD
"Utterly beguiling" SONGLINES