Barr plays its part in Girvan folk festival

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Three nights of music livened up the village of Barr as the local pub, the King’s Arms played its part in making the Girvan Folk Festival an undoubted success.

Community buses brought music enthusiasts to the “Village in the Hills” and they were joined throughout the weekend by a great turnout of locals along with their home-bred musicians

Friday night saw the popular Junkman’s Choir make a welcome return to the Kings where they are regulars throughout the year. On Saturday it was the turn of Finbar Magee and Friends from Ireland and, since Barr has a number of Irish-born residents, there were more friends taking part than they might have expected. Joining in were village group the Barrstools augmented by Barr piper Hamish Denham and together, the band, by this time numbering ten or more, had the rafters “birling” in a set of traditional music which lasted non-stop into the early hours.

Something completely different was on the King’s menu on Sunday when John Langan and wife Emily performed before another big audience of visitors and locals alike.