July 2017 and all roads in the village led to Doonfest 2017, the first music festival ever staged within the village. Our aim was to create a community event that would attract all ages and inspire the young and young at heart to enjoy each other’s company, create a pride in our community, to learn an instrument or just sing along and have a wonderful musical experience. And that is exactly what happened.

The festival saw performances from the Friday evening right through until Sunday late afternoon. Our Friday and Saturday evening artists included Dosca, The Peas, the Cafe Orchestra, Chloe Simpson, Michael Edgar and Home Made Jam.  On Saturday afternoon we had free workshops in samba drumming, ukulele and autoharp, hip hop dancing and willow weaving.  You could also try your hand at juggling or watch our magician trick us with his tricks. Youngsters were treated to a play by M+M theatre company who also provided face painters and glitter tattooists. Everyone was taken with the Stilt Walker who spent time wandering the streets of the village cheerily rumpling up villager’s hair. There was Saturday afternoon music provided in the main tent which embraced young talent from Possibility Scream and other young local up-and-coming musicians. Villagers and visitors could also attend the White Horse Inn where Acoustic Bliss had an open mic set in the afternoon.

On Sunday Dalrymple Parish Church held a concert featuring Gordon Cree and Cheryl Forbes, along with Dalrymple Ukulele orchestra (yes this village has everything). Following this, Karen Henderson fiddled Burns tunes at a picnic event and, to complete our three days of festivities, we had a Tea Dance which attracted light footed dancers from as far away as Glasgow. Glasgow has nothing on us.

Our aim was to make a weekend affordable to those living within our community and with the help of our funders and sponsors, all Saturday and Sunday afternoon events were completely free.  The two Friday and Saturday evening concerts were a snip at £10 each.

We believed that Doonfest 2017 could bring our community together in three days of wonderful music.  And it did!   So, here we are again planning Doonfest 2018.  Just like 2017, Doonfest 2018 will offer something which will appeal to all members of our community and will bring us together in shared enjoyment and celebration.  The dates for your diary are 6th, 7th and 8th of July 2018.  Watch this space and we will announce our 2018 artists and activities as we sign them up.  Also keep an eye on our DoonfestFacebook page for ongoing developments.

Oh, and if anyone would like to volunteer in any way for any length of time, please contact us