Still time to buy tickets for the latest offering from Festival committee

THERE are just a few days left to buy tickets to see one of Montrose’s favourite bands, which will perform in the town this week.

The Fortunate Sons, now known as The Big Figure, will stage the exclusive one night only gig in the Links Hotel on Friday in association with Montrose Music Festival committee.

Established favourites of festival-goers, the band will be supported by Jill Jackson who is back by popular demand following a successful appearance in support of this year’s headlining act, Skerryvore. Jill is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist and ex-front woman for Speedway who has supported the likes of Runrig, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Glasvegas.

The Big Figure, an acoustic blues rock band from Glasgow, is the new project from Glasgow school friends Sam West and Calum McCann who have spent the last few years touring the world as blues band The Fortunate Sons.

After writing new material they realised the new songs had taken a change in direction from their previous work and they decided to build a studio and record under a new name. Their debut single ‘Cherry Blossom’ was written, performed and produced by the band and mixed by legendary producer Calum Malcolm.

It was released on July 18 and has been very well received at radio stations across the UK. Their debut album ‘Laugh Like Clowns’ is due for release on August 29. The songs set dramatic and dynamic vocals against chiming and jangling guitars built on a thumping, urgent rhythm section.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 8pm, are on sale now from the Park and Links hotels, and Montrose Rope and Sail for just £12.

The next event for local music lovers will be an appearance by the legendary soul and funk artists The Average White Band.

Widely regarded as one of the best bands of its type in the history of music and a coup for the festival committee, the group played to a capacity audience in Montrose Town Hall as the headlining act for the first festival.

Although perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’, the band’s strength lies in their consistently accomplished song writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.

They will be supported at their gig on Saturday, September 3, in the town hall by the powerhouse rhythm and blues band Lights Out By Nine.

Tickets are available from Ticket Web and further information is available on the festival website at www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk