Millport Festival – stage by stage: Nashfield Spotlight

Millport Country Music Festival

Millport country music festival returns this year and with a truly fabulous line-up! 37 artists will appear on five stages at this year’s festival, of which 11 will be from the US, 11 Scottish and the remainder from the rest of the UK and Ireland, representing a huge range of the country, Americana and roots genres. The focal point of the Saturday will be the Nashfield main stage which is headlined by the one and only Drake White and the Big Fire but there are lots of exciting artists across the other stages too including on the Nashfield Spotlight stage.

Two Ways Home

Isabella MaK, originally from Vienna, Austria and Lewis Fowler, who grew up in Gloucestershire, UK make up the duo Two Ways Home. The pair fuse catchy melodies with luscious harmonies and rocky guitars, often referring to their style as folk/rock with a country twist. Since they began in 2014, they have released three successful EPs, a debut album and a handful of stand alone singles. They put on a great live show and have made several big festival appearances including The Long Road and Nashville Meets London.

Tim Prottey-Jones

Former West End star and founding member of The Wandering Hearts, Tim Prottey-Jones has had a fantastic career and continues to go from strength to strength as a solo artist and producer. He is a real entertainer on the UK scene with a high energy vibe to every show he puts on. He has played such legendary venues as The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, Bluebird Cafe, Graceland and Hyde Park and shared stages with the likes of Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Stevie Nicks, Robert Plant, Mumford and Sons. He will certainly be one of the highlights of Millport.

Alyssa Bonagura

The only American on this stage, Bonagura has captured the Brits hearts once before and will surely do it again. The daughter of singers Michael Bonagura and Kathie Baillie of Baillie & the Boys. She grew up on a tour bus and was invited at an early age to sing with country legend Kenny Rogers. She often produces her own music in her parents home studio and to facilitate this, learnt how to play several instruments including guitar, mandolin, bass and drums. She has spent a lot of time in the UK having studied at LIPA earning a diploma in sound technology.

Stevie O’Connor

Stevie is having a lot of deserved success right now in the UK scene. He will open for American starlet Sunny Sweeney when she tours the UK this summer and has released a series of fantastic country-blues singles recently. He has previously been named Entertainer of the Year at the British Country Music Awards and it’s not hard to see why; he is a versatile performer who can hold a room in the palm of his hand acoustically or bring an energetic set that gets the room rocking with his full band in toe.

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