FOLLOWING the cancellation of the Loch Lomond Live Festival, popular artists Dave Arcari and Have Mercy Las Vegas have teamed up to present a double bill concert at the Winnock Hotel, Drymen on the evening of Saturday 22 September.
The venue has a limited capacity of just 150 – tickets are priced at £10 and will be available in person from the venue from Monday (17 September). And in true common try spirit, £1 for every ticket sold will be donated to Loch Lomond Rescue Boat along with any monies collected during daytime sessions to be held at various venues throughout Drymen.
The afternoon sessions are being organised by Stephen Scott of Have Mercy Las Vegas and will feature Inis Fada, Unstoppable Flying Raincoats, Tommy Weir, The Zips and more performing at The Drymen Inn, The Clachan and the Buchanan Arms in the village.
For East Loch Lomond-based alt.blues troubadour Dave Arcari the Drymen show will be his last UK date before he heads off on his biggest USA tour to date.
With more than 20 shows from the East Coast to the mid-West, Arcari’s USA tour – his sixth to date – runs through October into November. On his return he plays a series of Scottish dates in Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh before bringing his 2018 live schedule to a close with a short tour in Estonia and Latvia in December.
“It’s all a bit last minute,” says Arcari. “But when Stephen suggested we work together to pull something off in the wake of the chaos and disappointment left by the cancellation of loch Lomond Live I thought it was a great idea – especially as a lot of people have booked accommodation in the area. it means there’s something for them – and disappointed locals – if they still want to hear some live music.”
Pointing out that the new event/s are completely independent and have nothing to do with Loch Lomond Live he adds: “It’s on a much smaller scale, of course…but its something.
“Stephen’s put so much work pulling it all together..and we’d never have done it without the support of the venues in Drymen.”
Arcari’s recent single – Whisky Trail – reveals another side to the local musician who is known mainly for his slashing slide guitar work. The track showcases his banjo playing and a mellower side to his songwriting and performance. It’s available to stream and download via Spotify, Apple Music and all digital services.
Arcari’s last full length release – Live at Memorial Hall – hit the streets last autumn on double 180g coloured vinyl and digipak CD as well as download/streaming via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and the usual digital services.
Arcari has recently been taken onboard by Reunion Blues Gig Bags as an official artist, another partnership which sees the premium instrument case manufacturer join Arcari’s list of endorsees alongside National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Newtone Strings, G7th Capos and Diamond Bottlenecks.