MOJO festival boldly goes ‘fourth’

The Hollow Mountain String Band brought Americana to Argyll in 2018

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MOJO festival plans are boldy going ‘fourth’ for this October.

Dan Griffiths, founder and organiser of what will be the fourth MOJO festival showcasing the original work of Argyll musicians, has set a date in the 2021 diary.

‘We need music more than ever before,’ says Dan, who had to cancel MOJO 2020 because of Covid but is now busy gearing up for the one-night-only event at Ardfern’s  Craignish Hall on Saturday October 16.

‘We are being bold about having our fourth show later this year. Because of Covid we also had to cancel a rescheduled date for this May but we are being confident we will have our fourth MOJO in October.

‘Our message to musicians out there is please keep the music going,’ said Dan, who is lining up acts and hopes to include new bands on this year’s bill.

The Camans from Inveraray have played at MOJO
Photo: The Camans
Ardfunk - a cool and lively eight-piece funk group from Ardfern
Ardfunk – a cool and lively eight-piece funk group from Ardfern blew a previous MOJO audience away.

Closing dates for hopefuls will be mid-July; there are four or five acts already tuning up and keen to get on stage.

‘It could be best diversity or the most professional sounding acts. We need people who can play the notes and give a great performance.

‘October gives bands the chance to get together after lockdown and practise. Even if we get bands who have appeared before applying, it has to be new material. The idea is that the audience will never have heard that music before,’ he added.

Some of the bands who have played to date include Oban jazz duo The Blue Moon Travellers, the Hollow Mountain String Band, Lochgilphead rapper Ross.T (Lost In Berlin), The Bram Belles from Colontrive, Inveraray’s The Camans, psychedelic beatpop band The Twisted Melons from Kintyre and Ardfern’s homegrown Ardfunk band who blew the 2019 audience away.

What started out in 2017 funded out of Dan’s own pocket and making a loss of £50 grew to about 130 people buying tickets for the 2018 show and making a profit – 2019 was even better with a 200-strong audience, bands getting paid and a merchandise stall.

‘We’re definitely getting our MOJO back,’ said Dan.

Interested in finding out more? Go to MOJO Argyll Musicians Facebook.