Young Kinloch musicians rock Belladrum

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A band of budding young Kinlochleven musicians fulfilled their ambitions of performing at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival over the weekend.

The Kinlochleven-based RocksKool band, consisting of secondary pupils from the village and further afield, took to the Otherland stage at Belladrum last Friday afternoon.

The band played for almost an hour in front of a good crowd at the intimate stage. NO F32 RocksKool Bella 02

Dozens of music fans gathered around the intimate stage in the middle of the festival to enjoy the band’s set, filled with renditions of their favourite songs, but with a RockSkool twist.

Paul Hornby-Battrick, a local music tutor who runs RocksKool and performs with the band, said: ‘This year we’ve had a particularly talented group of children who have worked really hard and deserved a shot a something bigger.

‘It was a cracking gig and they had a really good crowd!’

RocksKool was started in Kinlochleven in 2005 after students felt there was a need for a modern music provision in South Lochaber. The band rehearses in Kinlocheven High School’s music department.

‘It was a real eye opener for the youngsters,’ Paul continued. ‘It’s given them the bug and after spending time watching other bands on the main stages, it’s shown them they can achieve a lot more. It was really inspiring for them to see what other musicians can achieve and the hard work that’s involved.

‘The group is dedicated to performing and playing music which really does help. I’ve even got one boy who travels to Kinlochleven from Lochaber High School after classes just to come and rehearse with us.’

RocksKool is open to members from any schools and welcomes students of all abilities.

The band currently rehearses on Mondays from 4pm to 5.30pm at Kinlochleven High School.