Cowal Music Tent


For the Cowal Gathering 2023, we had some great acts including Trail West, Torridon, Cala, and Travee.  Each year we look to bring some of Scotland’s best musical talent to Dunoon.  The Cowal Music Tent is based on the ‘Top Field’, with the first band starting at around midday.

We look forward to some more great acts and traditional Scottish music in 2024.


An explosive six-piece line-up with strong links to the Western Highlands and Islands, Trail West are a band who continue to rise in popularity from their modest roots as a four-piece West Coast Ceilidh Band to a formidable Live Act worthy of any festival stage.


After their long anticipated celebratory 10th year as a band – which saw the release of their fourth album and a sell-out show at Glasgow’s famous Barrowland Ballroom – Trail West have continued to flourish throughout 2022 with a second sell-out Barrowlands show, a performance at Scotland’s biggest entertainment venue – the OVO Hydro – and consecutive sell-outs at the Corran Halls in Oban and the Ironworks in Inverness contributing to a nomination as Live Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2022.


Ceòl an Aire are a 5-piece trad (traditional Scottish/folk) band based in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland.

​Since forming in 2010, the band have been fortunate enough to perform on Scottish festival stages including Oban Live, Tiree Music Festival, Carradale Music Festival and Gig in the Goil in recent years.

2013 saw the release of the band’s debut EP “It’ll be Fine” which included a popular cover of Richard Thompson’s Beeswing amongst other traditional medleys and songs.

In July 2019 the band released “Revive” a new single for digital download which features a set of tunes composed by accordionist Ruairidh Morrison from Kilmore.

“Revive,” as the name suggests, brought a brand-new dynamic from the band. In addition to the new, self-penned material, they have forged together their Argyllshire roots with powerful basslines, double the drones and a rowdy rhythm section all contributing to a distinctive, modern sound.

In March 2020 the band released their second EP, Doubles, with a live stream launch event. Doubles features the band’s first self-penned song, “Sail Away” along with a number of original tune sets and the band’s arrangement of the popular traditional Gaelic song, An Eala Bhàn.


Whether it’s a tale of heartbreak, revenge or just a sweet love story, Abigail Pryde’s emotive songwriting has all the country feeling you could ask for. Throw in a backing band featuring some of Scotland’s top folk musicians and it will surely get your ears twitching! If you’re a fan of Dolly Parton, Kacey Musgreves and Tenille Townes-Abigail’s music is certainly for you.

Having written and recorded with other artists such as folk band Heron Valley for much of her career, she is now stepping out on her own with her debut album under Wee Studio Records.

Abigail grew up in rural Argyll with music at the heart of her family and local traditions. Fiddle was her first instrument, however she learned guitar and vocal stylings at home with her father, Alan, before moving to Glasgow to pursue music at university and eventually fulltime. Music is in her blood and in her heart, and there is no denying that you can hear that in her music


Playing for the first time on our main stage this year will be our local Inverhooley Ceilidh Band.

Formed in Cowal in 2017 from some of our finest local musicians they are steeped in highland dancing and piping tradition, but with further influences from across Scotland and Ireland and beyond.

If you have visited us in previous years, you may recognise them from our successful Ceilidh Dancing Tent! They are currently busy engaging with audiences across Scotland with their lively traditional dance sets arranged for Pipes, Fiddle, Flute, Accordion and Guitar. A lively set of ceilidh music songs is guaranteed to get your 2024 Cowal Gathering of to a great dancing start.

This event is sponsored by Cove UK.

Cove UK has a reputation for family-friendly holidays across their 11 parks and resorts, so partnering with Cowal Gathering, which offers one of Scotland’s best family-friendly events promises an unforgettable day out.


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