3rd - 4th May 2003
Enjoy Britain's top Country Bands in concert in Dumfries Ice Bowl at Scotland's friendliest festival
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Gerry Ford
Gerry Ford is recognised as Scotland's leading Country Music Singer/Songwriter. With over 25 years as a professional entertainer, he has recorded 15 albums, 12 of them in Nashville.
He has appeared on the World Famous `Grand Ole Opry`in Nashville on 21 occasions as guest of Jean Shepard. He has also appeared on the famous Double K Festival stage at every one of our 15 festivals both as performer and compère.
As a singer Gerry's style is in a traditional vein, relaxed smooth presentation covering songs from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks, Jim Reeves to Alan Jackson, interspersed with his own compositions, country classics and songs from his many recordings. He performs as a soloist, using his Nashville backing tracks; with "live" vocal and acoustic guitar, ideal for today's country fan who enjoy the songs in concert or dancing format. He has won many club awards over the years.
This year Gerry will have his own afternoon spot and will be playing at the evening Dance.

Geordie Jack & Caledonia
A combination of five highly talented entertainers and musicians including Geordie, his two sons Kevin and Trevor, and friends Bryan Coghill and Dado Duncan. The band has evolved through time to become formidable international representatives for Scotland's country music.
With a rare combination of two generations of rich musical talent and their high energy stage performance, their friendly style is continually winning new audiences wherever they perform. They are all great friends and enjoy playing, which is two very important
elements in their ongoing popularity. The wide variety of instruments and vocal harmonies ensures that their unique sound continually excites their audiences.

EVANGELINE is the brainchild of Glasgow songwriter John Naismith. After spending many years playing in variuos bands he found himself between bands in the late nineties and got down to some serious songwriting. To his astonishment, his work just came out all country! This was actually no great surprise, as John was raised as a child in the east end of Glasgow on a staple diet of Hank Williams and Buck Owens from his fathers extensive record collection

With some friends Evangeline was born by November 2002, after a few changes the band becomes a six-piece outfit with the very welcome inclusion of Davie Holland on pedal steel guitar. Davie has been with The Dez Walters Country Band for the past ten years and, in the opinion of many, is the finest 'steelie' in the country! What an addition to Evangeline's already-talented line-up!

The Rimshots
From South Wales, the band have the distinctive voice of John Lewis on lead vocals backed by a terrific band with steel guitar and slap bass playing their wide variety of rockabilly styles with songs from the likes Hank Williams, Johnny Horton, Web Pierce mixed with their own compositions. The Rimshots always give a high energy exciting performance.

Joe Moore & His Band ( Ireland)
Joe Moore from Northern Ireland and his country band are pure country with songs of Alan Jackson, Hal Ketchum. Joe has been at the festival twice before and was very popular. This year they will also be playing at the Saturday night dance.

Les Close Band
The Les Close Band is made up of top UK musicians, Pete Haywood on steel, Rosie Haywood on Drums with John J Paul on keyboards/vocals backing Les Close on his set of solid country

The Haleys
The Haleys are always a popular act at Dumfries.
Jo-Ann and Becky, The Haley Sisters were brought up on Country Music by their parents Pat and Tony Haley and spent many hours listening to the likes of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Crystal Gayle.
1992 was a fabulous year for The Haley Sisters having toured with Irish singing star Daniel ODonnell and performing in The Royal Albert Hall with Raymond Froggatt.
In 1993 Jo-Ann and Becky decided that they would like to expand their sound slightly and they asked top guitarist Brian Smith to join them. They then shortened their name from to The Haleys. Their natural talent and harmonies have won them many awards and fans across the breadth of the UK. The girls will also be playing at the Sunday night dance.

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The committee reserve the right to change/alter the program if the need arises without prior notice