Back to Beò: Eastwood Park Theatre announces Scottish music programme

Live music is coming back to Eastwood Park for a traditional music programme with a contemporary twist.

Siobhan Miller

Back to Beò - which translates as Back to Live in Gaelic - is a series of concerts, hosted by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, showcasing established and upcoming talent in Scottish contemporary folk and traditional music.

Headline acts include Scottish folk band Kinnaris Quintet, Pictish Tail and Scottish folk singer and songwriter Siobhan Miller.

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Supported by Creative Scotland funding, Back to Beò also provides live performance opportunities for emerging artists whose development has been hampered by the closure of the live event industry during 2020/2021.

Moira McFadden, head of Arts and Community at East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: "The Scottish folk scene is vibrant and thriving and we're really excited to host some of its finest talent and for our audience to hear all they have to offer. After eighteen months without live music, this is just what we need to kick start its return to Eastwood Park Theatre."

The line up has been brought together by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure arts team and co-curator Jenn Butterworth, one of the most notable guitarists in the UK music scene.

Jenn was awarded ‘Musician of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards and nominated for the same title in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Based in Glasgow, she balances a busy schedule between performing across the world and lecturing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

She will also perform during Back to Beò with award-winning folk powerhouses Kinnaris Quintet.

Jenn said: "It’s been a pleasure working with The Eastwood Theatre on a new programme of folk and acoustic music, bringing performances back to the Giffnock area as we emerge from the pandemic.

"The team have worked enthusiastically to create opportunities for a diverse group of performers, and approached me to help advise them on artists who are working in the Scottish Music Scene at present, particularly those who are from underrepresented groups. We’ve teamed up well known folk artists with newer acts and emerging artists to present a diverse and interesting programme of events."

Tickets for Back to Beò series of concerts in October and November are on sale now at www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk