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Announcement from Northern Nashville Country Music Festival Committee

It is with much regret that we the NNCCMF committee have been forced to make the decision that we will not be staging a Festival in 2016.

At a recent well attended AGM the current committee and members of our support team who "help make it happen" debated the facts and figures of the past festival and the downward trend in audience levels.

Feedback from this year's event was very favourable from the fans who attended and the artistes who provided the entertainment with many saying it was one of the best yet.

Despite a very successful weekend the dwindling attendance has had a detrimental effect on our finance level, this coupled with no guarantee of securing grants or allocating a major sponsor are worrying factors. We do recognise the continuing support of local businesses and firms both financially and in kind has always been good and greatly appreciated.

Indicators suggest that travelling audience levels have remained fairly consistent for the last three years. However we agreed that we have to do some market research to establish what can be done to increase a wider local audience without making our event less unique thus risking the down turn in 'tourist' visitors.

Our decision will clearly effect the local economy as the travelling and visiting fans provide Caithness with income at a quiet time of year, however many of the businesses who make money out from the festival were not supporters of the event.

The AGM unanimously agreed that time was not on our side to organise a 2016 Festival but the committee will remain in place to have time to actively source funding and assess a way forward for future events.

Sadly this is not our desired outcome; but finally we would like to say a big thanks to everyone who have supported us in any way at all during past Festivals.


* BCMA Festival of the Year Award Winners 2014 *

Stuart Renwick's CMDS Review of Festival 2015 (PDF)


NOTE OF THANKS FROM THE NNCCMF COMMITTEE

From the NNCCMF committee I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who contributed in making our Festival the huge success it was.

The standard of music on stage all weekend was second to none - how could you pick a favourite!! They were all the very best; from the youngsters representing Thurso High School to the cream of country music artistes from Texas and Nashville, our bands from Europe and Ireland, and our own talented acts locally and from across Scotland, we certainly achieved what we set out to do provide something for everyone.

To all the folk who helped us turn the venue into a very impressive Texas Dance Hall for the weekend and then reinstate it into a riding centre very quickly on the Monday a massive THANKS. Simon and his crew for the great sound and light system the stage dressing it certainly looked the part.

George Malcolm for efficiently carrying out his compere duties, Pentland United for the bar and stewarding, our catering providers (we certainly didn't go hungry), our sponsors, all who helped with transport, the Hotels for looking after our artistes and fans backstage and corporate helpers, first aiders, face painters.

Not forgetting the TV crew who were with us all weekend - they were a great bunch to work with and we look forward to seeing the weekends highlights when the programmes are transmitted later in the year.

Our committee friends and family who support and help all year round in pulling the Festival together... their help is immeasurable. Last but by no means least yourselves the country fans for turning out year after year and supporting us -without you there would be no Festival, it was brilliant see so so many of you travelling from all over the UK to be part of our weekend...hope you all got home safely.

It's been pretty quiet in the Gray household this week however, apart from aches and pains, we have caught up on sleep, got our voices back and the boxes back in the loft.

Thanks again Christine


ARTISTS (Images or names link to artist websites where available)

The Derailers
James House
Justin Trevino
Amber Digby
Jeff Woolsey
Jade Jack
Rene Meijer & Friends
Gerry Guthrie
Trevor Loughrey
Manson Grant and The DynamosBrandon McPheeNorman Borland

Anthony McBrien


FESTIVAL ARCHIVE

You can view / download (size) information from our previous Festivals below.
Festival photographs have now moved to our Galleries page

2015
PROGRAMME (1.9Mb)
POSTER (1.8Mb)
FEEDBACK
2014
PROGRAMME (2.9Mb)
POSTER (1.1Mb)
FEEDBACK
2013
PROGRAMME (5.4Mb)
POSTER (0.9Mb)
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2012
PROGRAMME (6Mb)
POSTER (0.9Mb)
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2011
PROGRAMME (2.8Mb)
POSTER (1.1Mb)
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2010
PROGRAMME (5.5Mb)
POSTER (1Mb)
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2009
PROGRAMME (4Mb)
POSTER (1Mb)
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2008
PROGRAMME (4.4Mb)
POSTER (2Mb)
FEEDBACK
2007
PROGRAMME (4Mb) *
 
FEEDBACK
2006
PROGRAMME (1.8Mb)
   
2005
PROGRAMME (2.4Mb)
   
2004
PROGRAMME (2.4Mb)
   
* Due to a delivery delay from the printers this programme was not available for sale, however our programme designers are able to offer high quality copies of this programme at £3.50 + P&P each for any collectors who might want them. Please e-mail them directly for more information.

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