ONE of Scotland’s most famous folk music partnerships is set to appear in Cumnock later this year after details of the 2022 programme for The Cumnock Tryst were unveiled.

Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain will kick off the festival in style on Thursday, September 29 as live performances return after a Covid-enforced gap of two years.

Other acts on this year’s bill include one of the world’s greatest singing groups, the King’s Singers, who have previously performed at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House and will add the intimate setting of Trinity Church to that list when they take to the stage on Friday, September 30.

The line-up for the festival, which takes place from September 29 to October 2, also includes jazz vocalist and composer Ruth Naomi Floyd and her quartet, Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane and, from slightly closer to home, East Ayrshire’s own CentreStage Community Gospel Choir.

The programme will also feature A Musical Celebration of the Coalfields, uniting local music group Strings N Things and the Cumnock Area Musical Production Society for a presentation of music they’ve created themselves, in partnership with composers Ailie Robertson and Findlay Napier, while pupils from Hillside School will join a quartet of singers and composers Sir James MacMillan and Matilda Brown for a concert in collaboration with Drake Music Scotland, which provides music-making opportunities for adults and children with disabilities.

Sir James, the founder of the Cumnock Tryst, said: “We can’t wait to celebrate fantastic music and musicians from across Scotland, the UK and even further afield.”

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